Marlena Eich

d. June 05, 2014

ORRINGTON - Marleena "Marty" Eich, 63, died June 2, 2014, at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was the daughter of Nelson and Manira (McCorquinadale) Brown.

Marty was a 1968 graduate of Milo High School, and a 1971 graduate of EMMC School of Nursing. She spent her 43-year career as an R.N. giving compassionate care. She earned her stripes working 13 years graveyard shift in the ICU as a critical care nurse and the next 30 years in Radiology, P.A.C.E., and the eye center. She was known to be irritable and stubborn, but was very well respected by co-workers. She was a patient advocate and didn't mind rocking the boat if it made for better patient care. In recent years, her home was the end of life setting for her mother-in-law, mother, uncle, and now, sadly, but perhaps naturally, herself. She was a great believer in Hospice and relied upon Hospice of Eastern Maine to provide this care. The HOEM staff became friends while caring for family members and then became loving caregivers for Marty herself. Marty believed in quality of life and bravely forwent chemotherapy in favor of shorter, and hopefully, less sickly days. Her hopes were realized in three months of active, fairly normal living after receiving her cancer diagnosis. She only spent 2 1/2 days bedbound before God called her name. We honor and thank Hospice of Eastern Maine for their care, love, tears and devotion.

Marty enjoyed many hobbies, including crafts, crocheting, knitting, and the occasional painting. She would knit a sweater as a gift, and would knit dozens of hats and mittens every year for charity. If a family member or co-worker was pregnant she would knit a baby blanket, sometimes foregoing all else to get it done in time. Marty was an avid gardener and grew well over 100 varieties of flowers around her home. She loved animals, both domestic and wild. She spoiled them all as much as she could. She enjoyed the outdoors, spending some of her favorite times at Ebeemee Pond with her family and her long time best friend, Eloise "Griffy" Griffin. In her younger years, she enjoyed hiking and climbed Mt Katahdin more than once. She was a fairly skilled carpenter and was the driving and financial force behind building a house for her sister. Along side her husband she dug, carried, hammered and painted. She would wade into concrete and rake with the best of them. She designed and helped build the home in Orrington in which she lived for 20 years. She was hands on in every aspect of the construction. She'd pull wires, cut pipes, kick carpet, and when everyone else was weary and resting, she was the clean up crew. She didn't like heights, but as needed, she was on many roofs with tar on her hands and a hammer at her hip. Need a shed? One popped up in a week. Need a barn? She would design on paper and be ordering materials before the day was out. She knew how she wanted things built and if it wasn't going as she saw fit, she'd verbally push you out of the way and do it herself or cuss until it was done her way.

She was a good cook. Solid, basic, good food was always on the table. At any time she would make food if requested. Even if she was feeling ill, she had an inner mission to make and serve. Marty was quietly charitable. She raised an unseen son in Guatemala, sent goats and sewing machines to Nicaragua and even built a house for a family in Honduras. Most of these things were done through Food For the Poor, her favorite charity.

She is survived by her husband, Frederick V. Eich III; brother, Nelson Brown of Milo; sister, Carla Damon and her husband, Steve; surrogate son and nephew, Roland Dube, and nephews, Jonathan and Dana Dube, all of Orrington, and her very dear and special friend, Eloise Griffin of Hermon.

A reception and celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3PM on Saturday, June 7th at the St Teresa Parish Center, 436 So. Main St., Brewer. It is directly across from the St Teresa Church. The following day, Sunday, at 3PM will be a graveside burial service at Pine Hill Cemetery in Orrington. It is on the Sweats Pond Rd, one mile from the Main road, on the right. Find us at the very top of the hill in the cemetery. Gifts in Marty's memory may be made to: Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 or Bucksport Animal Shelter, Att: Dan Joy, PO Box C-1, Bucksport, ME 04416. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer.

Published in BDN Maine from June 4 to June 5, 2014

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