“On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world.”
― Henry David Thoreau


It is with a heavy heart that we pen this important dedication. We lost one of our most beautiful friends to the insidious disease of cancer, as so many of us have. There are days we miss her so much it’s hard to believe she’s gone.

Many of you have met Marcia here at The Preserve. She was the first one to fly the door open to greet you with a big hello and a hug, as if you were a best friend she hadn’t seen in a while. Marcia “aka Mem” poured her heart and soul into her work here at The Preserve. She encouraged us all to be a little better and to be the very best versions of ourselves. Words like patient, generous, compassionate, and kind perfectly describe all the things she was to everyone.

She was a “maker” before the term was even in fashion. She crafted all the window treatments you see on the property, as well as styled many rooms with her beautiful touch. Before the days of The Preserve Marcia accompanied Mary on many trips all over the country assisting with design. She was always ready for a good road trip, no questions asked. She gladly held the conversation – she was never at a loss for words, or shying away from sharing her opinion. Her honesty and quick wit were often a breath of fresh air. Those moments with her were most precious and were so often filled with laughter and happiness.

Mem taught us all many important things about life that we felt compelled to share with all of you.


First…definitely, ALWAYS ALWAYS eat dessert first!

Second, that you are never too old or too young to change and take big chances.

Third, always start your day feeling joyous and fortunate.

Marcia’s kindness and generosity lives on in her beautiful family and in all of us who were lucky enough to know her.