Marie E. (Mataway) Duesing, 86, passed away peacefully on August 13, at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence with her devoted son Gregory Mackenzie Gifford by her side. Marie is also survived by her granddaughters Mackenzie Ann Gifford of Philadelphia, Pa., and Riley Elizabeth Gifford of San Mateo, Calif. Marie also leaves behind a large extended family of cousins and many longtime friends in Rhode Island and Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Marie was the only child of Ira and Marie Mackenzie of Rhode Island where her father was a funeral director of Mackenzie Funeral Home. She was a graduate of Classical High School and Brown University. She majored in psychology and was a teacher before marrying Delbert Gifford. After Delbert’s untimely death, Marie ran the family business Gifford Chemical until deciding to sell the business. Her focus then turned to Gregory and her many volunteer activities with Arthur Trudeau Center, Meals on Wheels, Visiting Nurses Association and Cub Scouts.Marie was an avid golfer and active member of both the Warwick Country Club and Meadow Country Club of Ft. Pierce, Fla., during her time as a “snowbird.” She was joined in her passion for golf with both of deceased husbands Lou Duesing and Ernie Mataway. She was a member of St. Gregory’s Church in Warwick. Her graciousness and hospitality were a keystone of her character. Marie was a passionate animal lover who loved her dogs: Heidi, Dina, Schultz, Tootsie and Winston. Marie touched the lives of many throughout her years and will be missed by her communities, friends and especially her family.
Services will be private. For online guestbook, please visit OlsonParent.com.