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Marcia Lynne Hunt
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 9, 1940
  • Place of birth:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 11, 2013
My bones drank water; water fell through all my doors. I was the well that fed the lake that met my sea in which I sang 'Abide with Me'

Marcia Lynne Hunt (Marchese), a passionate activist, dedicated educator, loving mother and loyal friend, passed away unexpectedly April 11, 2013 at the age of 72. A long-time San Francisco resident, and recent transplant to the Sacramento area, Marcia was a formidable woman who knew her mind and wasn’t afraid to share her opinion in any situation.  A feminist who empowered others to find their inner strength, she sparkled in a crowd as she drew one in with her quick wit, sharp intellect and dazzling smile.  A voracious traveler with an eye for the adventurous in both cuisine and locale, she grabbed onto life with a gusto that few possess but all will remember.  

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Jay B. Hunt, her brother David Marchese, her children David and Deborah Hunt and her two grandsons, Hunter and Tyler who loved their Nana beyond words and wish she could have played with them longer.

Memorial services are currently being planned.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Indiana University Foundation for the Frank & Carolyn Marchese and Donna Bye Hunt Scholarships at PO Box 500 | Bloomington, IN. 47402 or a charity of your choice. 

To our wife, lover, mother, friend - you will be missed but remembered always in our hearts and minds. 

Condolences may be sent to:
     The Hunt Family
     6423 Faustino Way
     Sacramento, CA 95831

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Susan & Bob Hanning on 13th June 2017

"Happy Birthday dear friend ~ you are forever missed ~ left two messages, I thought on June 9th, but they didn't get posted~ maybe I'm not techy enough!  Love seeing items around my house that we bought together, and remind me of you...... paintings, photographs and such...wonderful times together!"

This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 9th June 2017

"Happy Birthday Marcia! Sitting here having a cup of coffee and thinking of you. And I am smiling thinking of you - A great way to start my day!  
thank you! Hugs from PV!"

This tribute was added by Susan & Bob Hanning on 16th April 2017

"Your message made Gretchen and me very happy.  We three were in agreement  ❤.  I think of you and the good times often.  4 years seems like a long time and yet-  like you were just with us yesterday.  S Hanning"

This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 12th April 2017

"Marcia, You will never be forgotten! What a gift you had to make one feel special! I think of you daily. I want to challenge myself.  Gena and I have lots of dreams and goals and we are up to the challenge. Wished you were here to tell you, but I know you are listening and cheering us on. Hugs up in heaven"

This tribute was added by G Rogers on 12th April 2017

"Susan and I got your message. Job well done, as always. Would love to hash it around with you but Susan and I will"

This tribute was added by Susan & Bob Hanning on 9th June 2016

"Marcia,  I made our birthday call to Jay tonight!  It was so good to hear his voice.  Plus, he called me for you on my birthday. Was very sweet!
Missing you and thinking of you often ..  A fun picture of you is prominently placed where I see it daily, multiple times!  Comforting good friend.  A toast to you...Susan H"

This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 9th June 2016

"Marcia, thinking of you on your birthday today! Will toast your after work! Miss you!"

This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 6th May 2016

"Marcia, I lost two friends of 35 years this week and even though they were not educated, they were both brilliant women who taught them selves to read and write, plus worked several jobs to support their families. You would have loved their perseverance, their strength, their smiles, their love of life. Marcia you are missed!  Love you Jay B and family! Much Love Claire"

This tribute was added by Bill & Eve Strawn on 11th April 2016

"Eve and I send JB and the family our heartfelt Best Wishes on Marcia's third anniversary.  Hard to believe three years have passed; we would have loved her speeches on The Trumpeteer, and her support for the first woman President.  She is missed, every day."

This tribute was added by Mary Jo Kulp on 10th June 2015

"Thinking of our times together and memories of your smile continue to light up my life. I think of you often."

This tribute was added by Sigrid Insull on 9th June 2015

"Marcia/love for always/and the fondest of memories/sigrid"

This tribute was added by Dave Dolliver on 9th June 2015

"Thinking of you, Marcia...Jerome says Hi...we all miss you, in oh, so many ways. And I often remind the kidlets that you are frowning on some of their table manners!"

This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 9th June 2015

"Happy Birthday Marcia!  Thank you for shining down on me today - your kindness to me is remembered today and brings a smile to my face - which brings light to my day! This background music also brings me joy and peace. Thank you for sharing your life with us."

This tribute was added by Polly Babcock on 9th June 2015

"Happy Birthday, Marcia! I think of you often, especially when I go to the theatre."

This tribute was added by Sigrid Insull on 11th April 2015

"Marcia /your love of life will always be around us/we will always remember and send love to your family! Sigrid"

This tribute was added by mary ann & dave brangaccio on 11th April 2015

"Marcia, We miss you very much. So many wonderful memories over the years. Love you!!"

This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 11th April 2015

"Marcia, thinking of you today and many days as I walk thru the gallery and remember your many visits. And of course any time we have meat balls you are their sharing them with us. Honored to have been among those you called friends. Thank you!"

This tribute was added by Mary Rapoport on 9th June 2014

"Thinking of you dear and wearing your necklace here in Chestertown, MD having crab soup and crab cakes; you would approve."

This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 9th June 2014

"Marcia, You are missed by many - thank you for sharing so many wonderful moments with us. Our memories of you are still so vivid. Thank you for your love."

This tribute was added by Dave Dolliver on 9th June 2014

"Jerome says a big, deep voiced Happy Birthday.  It hasn't been the same without you...hope you are keeping folks on their toes up there!"

This tribute was added by dan pearson on 9th June 2014

"Happy Birthday Marcia,

i am certain in the world you now inhabit you are sharing this day with your eternal friends. please know you are remembered fondly by those of us still over here.
with much love,
Dan W. Pearson"

This tribute was added by Mary Rapoport on 16th April 2014

"Chuck and I are in New York now and at the time of Marcia's passing and I am wearing her scarf and her necklace and carrying her purse, but she is with me even more in my memory.  Sending love to her loved ones and wishes for their strength and healing."

This tribute was added by maryellen pacific on 12th April 2014

"To Marcia's family,
I never realized how much Marcia( or as I had known her Ms. Marchese
teacher at Ridgefield High School during the 60's)influenced my life. I later became an English teacher, then an administrator finally retiring this year after 45 years in education. I married a man from Bridgeport and went to college in Bridgeport.  I was and still am very out spoken and always speak the truth. I guess that is what I really respected from Marcia especially at Ridgefield High where there where so many fake people there who didn't have the courage to speak the truth. Marcia did and made you feel good about yourself at I did. I walked away from her class with confidence while the boys were all acting sophomorically I could still feel in charge. I only wish I knew her longer when she lived in Ridgefield. We never left the area. The other strange thing is that she died on my sister's birthday a day I wont forget. So in a way she left a little legacy to me which I never was aware of until I read about her life and remembered those days in her class when she always be ready to tell me the truth. step up to the plate and get the job done. How fortunate her family was to have her for such a short time. I never realized that she was only six years older than I was when I was in high school. She was the epitome of sophistication certainly not like our Italian moms back then; such a great role model. Believe it or not Marcia and my second teacher are the reason why I became a teacher. I only hope I have made an impression on someone during my time. Thank you for sharing

This tribute was added by Mary Jo Kulp on 12th April 2014

"Marcia-Your infectious smile and exhilarating approach to life will never dim for me. I’m sure you are now VP in charge of attitude and change. I miss you. Love to JB, David, Deb and the kids."

This tribute was added by Barbara Black on 11th April 2014

"Today I went to get the mail and on my way in, I admired my roses and the first bloom.  I thought of Marcia and our shared passions for gardens, art, children, and families.  Oh how I miss her!  My heart still hurts.  Life at times is bittersweet.  Know that I loved-love her and her dear family.  


This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 11th April 2014

"Marcia, thinking of you, Jay and your family today! Your spirit is still so strong around us and we continue to celebrate your life.  Thank you for sharing your life with us! We remain blessed for knowing you.
We have lit a candle in our home for you! And today surrounded by art in the gallery, I can't help but think of you. Thank you!"

This tribute was added by Polly Babcock on 11th April 2014

"Well then, this date must be why I've been thinking of Marcia so much lately. I still think of calling her to tell her of something I know she'd enjoy hearing or have advice about.
Warm regards to Jay and the family."

This tribute was added by Kit Goldman on 11th April 2014

"Thinking of the amazing, inimitable, irreplaceable Marcia today. she always knew a lot, now she knows it all. Love you, gorgeous."

This tribute was added by Brian & Jennifer Costanzo on 19th June 2013

"I attended school w/ Marcia at city college of san francisco in the hotel & restaurant school.  I admired her a great deal and we got along because she liked to do things differently; her way.  Marcia taught me a great deal about standing up for ones beliefs and saying whats on your mind.  I am grateful for the leadership skills that I learned and the compassion & love she shared with all."

This tribute was added by mary ann & dave brangaccio on 10th June 2013

"Happy Birthday, Marcia  I can see you smiling down on us. Miss and love you."

This tribute was added by Margel Kaufman on 10th June 2013

"Marcia was a fabulous friend and political mentor to me. I miss her greatly, but I still think about her regularly.  She's here in my memories and in my opinion she's still here period!  As long as we remember her, and those we love, they're still here. Thoughts and
prayers to JB, Deb, David, Hunter&Tyler.Margel Kaufman"

This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 9th June 2013

"Marcia - you are remembered fondly today! I know you are smiling down on us all! Thank you for sharing your life and love of life with so many of us! We miss you dearly! We toast "salute" you on your Birth day! Much love from your Sicilian family in Mexico, Joe, Claire and Gena"

This tribute was added by Deborah Lopez on 24th May 2013

"Marcia was such a force of nature and although visits were not that frequent, her spirit was always with me - encouraging me, inspiring me, reminding me to be myself - as she always was.  Her love for her family and her willingness to do anything to protect them will be with me always.  I just try to emulate her - always moving forward. Love to all, remember the flame that was her life."

This tribute was added by Susan & Bob Hanning on 13th May 2013

"We miss Marcia daily!  She was so vital in so many ways.  We send our love to Jay B, Deborah, David, Hunter, Tyler and her brother David Marchese, during this time of loss and remembering.  So glad we got to be with her this year in Mexico.  She's on to her next life and journey, but we find she's with us daily!  Forever remembered!"

This tribute was added by Rhonda Shapiro on 7th May 2013

"Dear Jay and Family ~ I was shocked and heartbroken to receive word of Marcia's passing. You two were so very supportive and kind when I lost the love of my life, Allan. Your words meant so very much. The kindness we give in life are flowers, and I've found when you need them the most, God gives you back a bouquet. My love to you all. RS"

This tribute was added by maryellen pacific on 5th May 2013

"I'm very sad that Marcia has passed. She never knew that she was my inspiration to become an English teacher. It was her flair for the dramatic,her excitement in the classroom, her love of life that has lead me to 45 years in the education. Now as an administrator I am able to be (I hope)  as passionate with my strong opinions (in tact) in further helping my students as she did at RHS '64"

This tribute was added by Chris Wilhelmi on 2nd May 2013

"Marcia and Jay B were Godparents to one of my siblings. Leni Wilhelmi's impression of her is this, “Your being leaves a mark on human history. There will never, ever be anyone exactly like you. It is up to you leave a mark. A volume, a book, a chapter, a paragraph, a sentence, a punctuation mark, and blank space. You will leave a mark." Marcia clearly left a mark. Sentiments shared by all."

This tribute was added by Mary Baurd on 1st May 2013

"Jay B. and family so sorry for your sudden loss.  I know Marcia was a tremendous force, influence, presence and inspiration in your lives even though we never knew her well.  Our thoughts are with you and your family."

This tribute was added by Bonnie Boren on 28th April 2013

"Marcia had a huge smile, a large voice and an enormous presence!  My first job in San Francisco was with the School Volunteers. I felt at home with her East Coast energy and send my condolances to Jay and family. Upon reading the tributes, I learned something new about Marcia's past and discovered a new connection. I did my student teaching at Tappen Middle school in Ann Arbor in 1966."

This tribute was added by Tobin O on 26th April 2013

"Marcia was my mother's boss (and mentor) in the early 80's. I was a shy little kid with a precocious older brother so I didn't speak much. But Marcia wouldn't let me hide behind my brother. It wasn't simply that she was interested in what I had to say; she was interested in my having the courage to say it. She was a badass with a big heart and she will be missed."

This tribute was added by Mandy Wilhelmi on 26th April 2013

"JB – my condolences to you and your/her family. My parents have shared many stories about her with me – and I am sad that I was not able to get to know her better. My love, prayers and sympathy. Amanda Wilhelmi"

This tribute was added by Claire Guarniere on 24th April 2013

"Marcia will be great missed! I learned so much from her, especially about her art - likes and dislikes. I respected her opinions. I will miss her visits to the gallery, our talks about food - mostly Italian -meatballs and sausage. So many fond memories - her warm smile, her support of our family! She was an Amazing woman - we were so lucky to have known her & Jay B. ..The Guarniere family"

This tribute was added by Michael Henkin on 24th April 2013

"This tribute is very touching, and my deepest sympathies and wishes go to Jay B and family.  It is clear just by reading these messages what a significant and positive impact Marcia made on everyone who knew her."

This tribute was added by Barbara Black on 23rd April 2013

"She was so loved!  She was so passionate!  She was bigger than life, and we will always hear her voice!  My love and bear hugs to Jay B, Deborah and David."

This tribute was added by Graham McDougal on 22nd April 2013

"Sending my condolences and best wishes to Jay B and the rest of the family- condolences for the sadness accompanying the loss of Marcia's companionship, best wishes for the joy found in celebrating a life well and truly lived."

This tribute was added by Steve Browning on 22nd April 2013

"Thanks, Deborah, for the wonderful tribute that you left for your mother.  You did her proud."

This tribute was added by cyril seligman on 22nd April 2013

"Dear Hunt Family.

I had the pleasure ot meeting Marcia late through working with J.B.  Marcia was kind, intelligent and a formidable and accomplished woman.  I must admit that I admired her strenght and dedication to her beliefs.  She will be missed but left a strong legacy for her Family/friends."

This tribute was added by Johnny Wee on 22nd April 2013

"I certainly not sure what to say, "My Dear Marcia, I will miss you deeply."  You have been a great inspiration to me.   Heartfelt condolence to Jay & family."

This tribute was added by Barbara Lifton on 21st April 2013

"Marcia was a tough lady who fought brilliantly for women's rights and for peace.  She was dedicated to justice and public service, and accomplished so much for others in her lifetime.   I will miss knowing she was still with us, battling on our side.
Barbara Lifton, former Chair, Conn. Women's Political Caucus."

This tribute was added by Judi and Bob Kiernan on 21st April 2013

"A smile that lit up a room! A passion that could not be resisted! Love for life that infected everyone she touched. Christmas dinners on Park Av. where Marcia got all her cousins to do the clean-up. An amazing force even then! God bless you Cousin! Our love, prayers and sympathy to the Hunt / Marchese family."

This tribute was added by Keith Sikorski on 20th April 2013

"Seeing the photos of Marcia with my Dad and with her father, my Uncle Frank, I'm back at the long tables, on a Christmas day in Bridgeport Ct. I was dazzled by her then and all the years we lived so far from each other have done nothing to change that. I'll will never forget her, my beautiful cousin Marcia."

This tribute was added by Margo Mensing on 20th April 2013

"Teaching junior high school in Ann Arbor in the mid-60s with Marcia is a fond memory. Marcia always inspired me with her savvy ways of coalescing a group and getting things done. She was opinionated and never feared speaking out—endlessly energetic and, best, great fun. Sending love to Jay and the Hunt family."

This tribute was added by Arlene Smethurst on 20th April 2013

"Love the early photo of Marcia.  It's close to the young, bikini glad, English teacher/lifeguard we met the summer of '64 in Ann Arbor.  How blessed we were to have formed a friendship that took us through the years together.  Ev and I send our deepest sympathy to Jay, Debbie, David her son, David her brother, Hunter and Tyler."

This tribute was added by Conrad Kostelecky on 20th April 2013

"Our hearts are with all of Marcia's Family at this time. We have fond memories of She, Jay and Her Mom (who loved our hotdogs). They were good customers who became friends at our Puerto Vallarta restaurant "La Fonda Chiles". Marcia was truly a lady of class and grace. She brought friends to our eatery for "Ladies" days and they always brightened our garden. We will miss Her."

This tribute was added by Sandy & joe Milone on 20th April 2013

"Our sincere and heartfelt condolences go to the Hunt/Marchese family for the great loss of your Marcia. Our deep sorrow comes from the loss of our dear cousin Marcia , but we find some comfort from the profound love and admiration we will always have for Marcia. Our hope is that true love will sustain you in the days ahead. Love, always Sandy and joe Milone"

This tribute was added by Lynne Hayashi on 19th April 2013

"My deepest sympathies to the Hunt Family and Friends. She was a wonderful loving soul I had the pleasure of meeting at Chuck and Mary Rapoport's home. I hope that you are all comforted by the memories and love that you shared. May she rest in peace, her departure much too soon. She will be missed by all."

This tribute was added by Kit Goldman on 18th April 2013

"Sending love and light to the amazing, inimitable, brilliant Marcia on her journey. A galactic spirit with a heart as warm as the sun. Jay B., Deb, David, boys: how blessed was Marcia by you all, and you by her. A huge loss. I know she will be by your side and on your shoulders, spurring you on to be your highest and best selves. Love, prayers, healing energy coming at you. Kit & Bruce"

This tribute was added by Bill & Eve Strawn on 18th April 2013

"I found my first job in San Francisco because I'd met Marcia Hunt, my boss-to-be, while volunteering in Feinstein's campaign for mayor of SF.  So I saw how Marcia loved seeing women claim their power & used her savvy, charisma & resonant voice to make that happen.  Sharing dinners, talk, & Crete with dynamic duo, Marcia & Jay, has been such a joy!  With love to Jay & family from Eve & Bill"

This tribute was added by Sam Mogannam on 18th April 2013

"I am not sure what to say. Marcia was definitely one of the strongest yet most compassionate and gentle spirits I have known. I am bummed I wasn't able to stay connected over the years. Her influence on me as a young man will always be cherished fondly.  My love to you Deb, Jay B and David. -- Sam"

This tribute was added by Anya Soltero on 17th April 2013

"We will miss Marcia immensely. This world has a big gaping hole in it with her absence. We need more brave women, with passion, chutzpah, strong opinions, smarts, and loyal dedication to friends, family, and society (not to mention with great taste!) to even attempt to fill this space. Sending J.B., Deb, and David love from the Solteros. If we can help in any way, let us know."

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