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WATERVILLE -- Marjorie M. McCandless, 90, of Waterville, known affectionately as "Mimi" by her family and close friends, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, after a brief illness.

Marjorie was born on July 19, 1922, in Asbury Park, N.J. She was the middle of three sisters born to Natalie and James Grady. In 1929, she and her sisters moved to Chappaqua, N.Y., where they were raised by their beloved grandmother, Mary "Lolly" Resor.

Marjorie attended Horace Greeley High School where she met her future husband, Howard "Bud" McCandless. She graduated from Horace Greeley in 1940 and shortly after the war ended, Marjorie and Howard were married, and moved to Larchmont, N.Y. There they raised their two children, and she started her long career with New York Telephone Co.

When Marjorie and Bud retired, they moved to North Anson. Marjorie loved the peace and quiet of rural living and she enjoyed gardening, making maple syrup, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. Later she moved to Waterville and lived with her close friend and sister-in-law, Edna McCandless.

Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Howard, in 2000, and her sisters, Eloise Corrigan Malloy and Gloria Stricker.

Marjorie is survived by her son, Steven McCandless, of Sebago; her daughter, Janet Avallone, and her husband, Robert, of North Anson; her grandchildren, Christopher Avallone and his friend, Rebecca Filan, of Portland, and Kathryn Avallone Asquith and her husband, Eric Asquith, of Boston; and her lifelong friend and companion, her sister-in-law, Edna McCandless, of Waterville. She is also survived by her nieces, Claire Holmes, of Charlotte, S.C., Lynn Zielinski, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Wendy Joyce of Weymouth, Mass.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no funeral service.

Published in Central Maine on Mar. 1, 2013