In memoriam: Marianne McCarroll-Powell - 04/05/2016
Marianne McCarroll-Powell Energetic wife and daughter, avid sportswoman, conservationist, superb chef Marianne Chantal McCarroll-Powell died peacefully at her home in Stockton on April 5, 2016, with her husband, David Powell, and friends at her bedside, after a long battle with a relentless brain cancer.

Born on Flag Day, June 14, 1962, in Princeton, NJ, Marianne was noted for her energy, boundless optimism and welcoming smile that would light up your heart. Although she waited 13 months to take her first steps, after that, she never stopped going. Recipient of the Mary Darwin Health Scholarship, Marianne was a cum laude graduate of the Hun School of Princeton and Dartmouth College.

After graduation, she embarked upon a career in marketing that centered on sport fishing and conservation, eventually establishing her own business in Fort Lauderdale, FL. A strong believer in conservation, she actively promoted catch and release fishing, serving for many years as director of the Miami Billfish Tournament.

As the 20th century closed, the wanderlust grabbed her and she sold her business and started on a two-year journey across America, where she met the love of her life, Dave, whom she married in 2001. A self-taught chef, Marianne was the proprietor of Party Hands and more recently, Marianne's Pantry, which promoted healthy diets and the use of locally grown products. She was an avid sports woman who loved skiing and mountain biking, windsurfing on the Delta with her husband and friends, playing tennis and hiking. She organized and ran clinics for Babes in the Backcountry, a skiing program for women. Active in community affairs, she was a member of the Junior League and the Stockton Opera Guild.

Daughter of William H. and Chantal G. McCarroll of Lawrenceville, NJ, she is survived by her husband, David Powell of Stockton; a sister, Monique Crossley and her husband, Leonard, of Danville, PA; a brother, Marc McCarroll of Keene, NH; a niece, Amy Gendek Rusignuolo and her husband, Peter, of Monmouth Junction, NJ, and a nephew, Eugene Gendek and his wife, Angela, of Bordentown, NJ. A sister, Marthe, and her husband, Gene Gendek, predeceased her. She also leaves a sister-in-law, Susan Cabral of Watsonville, CA, and a brother-in-law, Roger Powell of Felton, CA. The family is extremely grateful to Marianne's faithful and loving caregiver, Sylvia Tierney, and to Jan Quartaroli, who organized and scheduled the many friends who were part of an extraordinary support group.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stockton Symphony to support their Steppin' Out program, which provides concerts for 4th and 5th graders. A memorial service celebrating the life of Marianne will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30.