CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Margaret “Marcie” McCreary, 98, died peacefully Sunday at Heritage Village Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Gerry.
She was born in New Paris, Ind., one of six daughters of Vernon and Margaret Meese.
Marcie graduated from Northwestern University School of Speech and was inducted into the honorary Zeta Phi Eta. While there, she met her husband, William, and they married in Millersburg, Ind. in June 1940.
During World War II, while he served in the United States Coast Guard, she served as a recreation director at military hospitals for the American Red Cross. After the war, they moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Marcie taught in the public schools and Bill served as scenic designer and technical director for the Cleveland Playhouse. That position brought them with the Repertory Theater Company to Chautauqua Institution. There they served for 17 summers, mounting seven shows each season while she taught creative dramatics.
In 1955, they took up year-round residence at Potter Road near Chautauqua. Continuing their summer work, Marcie also taught high school English, first at Mayville Central and then Chautauqua Central School (CCS). She coached the Speech and Debate Club and the radio High School Bowl team, which she helped establish. William taught art at CCS. Fondly referred to as “Mr. and Mrs. Mac,” they continued as a dedicated teaching team and produced many class plays until their retirement in 1972.
Their talents were shared beyond the classroom. They directed Christmas pageants, readings and literary programs at hospitals, community groups and Hurlbut Memorial Community Church. Marcie held many church offices and sang in the choir. Along with her husband, they wrote and published two plays, one premiering at the Erie Playhouse. A member of AAUW, she pursued graduate work at Syracuse University and Stratford, England. In retirement, she and Bill continued sharing their skills in area nursing homes and as RSVP volunteers for more than 25 years.