Marcia (Trollinger) Smith, aged 75, of Trappe, PA, was a remarkable individual who wore many hats throughout her rich and diverse life journey. She was a sailor who embraced the open sea, a compassionate nurse who dedicated herself to caring for others, and a passionate union organizer who fought for workers’ rights. Her multifaceted nature was a testament to her unwavering curiosity and zest for life.
In addition to her various roles, Marcia was known for her green thumb, although her plants sometimes fell victim to neglect, and her deep affection for dogs, even if she wasn’t a dog trainer. She delighted in baking but humorously admitted to being less skilled in the culinary arts. Her talent for needle arts, especially hand-knitted Christmas stockings, was evident, but she left behind many unfinished craft projects that serve as a testament to her creative spirit.
Marcia was characterized by her unwavering loyalty, commitment to community theater as a board member, and a strong work ethic. She was a devoted caregiver to her family and had a knack for genealogy. Her voracious appetite for reading and penchant for crossword puzzles showcased her intellectual curiosity.
A fan of the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Eagles, Marcia had a love for camping and enjoyed the great outdoors. She was born in Pottstown, PA, on March 28, 1948, to the late G. Carlos and Marie (O’Neal) Trollinger, the eldest of four daughters. Her life took her to various places, including Roxborough, Tampa, FL, Pottstown, and a memorable 14-year adventure in the Poconos, where her two children were born.
Marcia worked as a registered nurse until the early 1980s when she transitioned to mental health treatment. Her clinical expertise was later channeled into roles as a case manager for health insurance and patient advocacy companies.
Marcia was the beloved wife of Nelson C. Gray, who passed away in November 2020. She leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories, survived by her daughter, Gretchyn M. (Troy) Bailey, her son, Erik L. (Kristin) Smith, and her granddaughters, Alexandra, Julianna, Madelyne, and Kathryn. She is also mourned by her sisters, Carla Edlund, Holly Mangam, and Georgia Erb.
In commemorating Marcia’s life, we remember her for her multi-faceted and resilient spirit. Her memory will forever be an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her.