Marie Hope Stocker
October 18, 1945 – June 27, 2020
Marie Hope Stocker nee Kimmey, 74, of Apex, passed away on June 27, 2020.
Marie was born on October 18, 1945 in Pontiac, Michigan to the late Leonard and Rheta Kimmey. She obtained a BA degree in psychology from Kensington College. She went on to marry Larry Stocker and lived happily for more than 30 years with Larry in Hendersonville, North Carolina before she was widowed, when she bravely left her home and went to Apex to live with her daughter.
Marie brought along her two cats, and settled in comfortably. Her family enjoyed taking her to the movies (always a bucket of buttered popcorn!), and then lunch where they laughed as they drank margaritas. Marie loved to laugh, and everybody who heard her laugh couldn't help but join in! She loved puttering around in her yard, crocheting afghans, and could spend many happy hours finding "treasures" at garage sales and thrift stores. Her yard in Hendersonville was covered in beautiful hydrangeas, and her favorite, peonies. Many flower cuttings from her yard were transplanted to her daughter's yard, where they continue to thrive.
She held several different jobs in her life including home nursing, working for the Department of Social Services, as a realtor, as a secretary, and even wrote a book about her life with her husband, who was blind. She was a creative artist, and painted many watercolor Christmas pictures that hang in her daughter's house every year. She loved to write poetry, and wrote more than 150 poems that are reflective, funny, and personal to her own experiences. Marie had a soft spot for animals, and especially loved her cats. She was an avid reader, and you could always find books with dog-earred pages in every room of her house. She especially loved Christmastime, and loved to set up Christmas scenes with her large collection of miniatures for the grandchildren to enjoy every year. Her presents were always "interesting," and you certainly never knew what you were going to get that year!
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Sylvia Bare; son, Andrew Jackl and wife, Jill; her grandchildren Deanna, Wyatt, Drew, Sarah, Harper, and Mia, as well as her brothers Norman and Geoff, and sister Elaine; and the many cousins, nephews, nieces, and other family members whose lives she has touched.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Her daughter requests that in lieu of a memorial contribution, please do something nice for someone isolated from their family in assisted living, or contribute to a charity of your choice.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Spring Arbor of Apex for taking care of Marie in her later years. They are truly heroes who went beyond their duties to show compassion for their residents, and were always there with a generous and happy heart to all the families.
Condolences can be shared at apexfuneral.net.