Patricia Chenet Marples, 67, passed away quietly in her sleep on August 1 at Transitions LifeCare. She was born September 29, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York to Charles and Grace Chenet and spent much of her childhood in Norwood, New Jersey, graduating from Northern Regional High School with honors. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in counseling from Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC and a Master’s degree from Campbell College. She worked as a counselor at Enloe High School and Peace College in Raleigh, guiding and helping young people for over twenty years. Her forty-year marriage to Jerry Marples was an inspiring adventure marked by world travel, love of dogs, and, always, books and music. To her son Wade and granddaughter Elise, as well as her step-daughters Martha and Courtney and their children and grandchildren, she passed along an abiding appreciation of these things as well as a energetic curiosity about the world and the infinite ways we can find wonder within it. She enjoyed planning holiday get-togethers with her sisters, Laurel and Celeste, and was beloved by the many close friends she made over the years; she never lost touch with them and always found time to include them in her journeys and adventures. Even in the final weeks of her life she was remembered and visited by friends from across the decades, and their loyalty to her is a testament to the joyous spirit with which she reached out to them all. In an era marked by long-distance relationships, families dispersed by jobs, and the hectic need to be everywhere at once, Pat will be remembered for her devotion to the healing rituals of holidays and celebrations. Her unceasing search for the rhythms of beauty and harmony in the world and in our common experiences will forever motivate those she has left behind to find in one another the enthusiastic striving for life that she embodied.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 29 at 2pm at Cremation Society of the Carolinas, 2205 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27604. Memorial contributions can be made to the North Carolina Food Bank, the SPCA, or Transitions Lifecare at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.