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Marcia Chatley Gregory
October 9, 1942 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Marcia Chatley Gregory, a life-long resident of West Chester, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, December 24, 2023
Born October 9, 1942 in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, Marcy was the daughter of John, Jr. and Ruth Sinclair Chatley. Marcy spent her childhood at Hill Haven, a bucolic farm outside West Chester. In 1958, the family moved into Mayfield, a Greek Revival mansion within the borough. Also known as the William Ebbs House, it is listed by the Library of Congress as a national historical structure and was enjoyed by the Chatleys for decades. At the time of death, she was residing at Wellington at Hershey’s Mill.
Marcy began her education at the Friends Community School (now West Chester Friends), graduated from West Chester High School and earned a degree in business administration from Wesley College in Dover, DE. Marcy’s professional life was dedicated to law enforcement, first in the West Chester Police Department and later as the longtime assistant to Warden Thomas Frame at Chester County Prison. For many years, Marcy was also active with the Chester County Fraternal Order of Police, the Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association; and she volunteered for several other county organizations.
Marcy loved everything about West Chester where she was a friend to many residents and business owners. She was passionate about supporting local causes, generously giving her time to the Republican Committee of Chester County and the Chester County Hospital. She served on numerous Chester County Day committees, and was a founding member of The Chester County Hospital Knitters Club. Marcy’s knitting and needlework skills were legendary, and many of the county’s newborn residents left the Hospital snuggled in one of her handmade hats or blankets.
Marcy was beloved for the gingerbread houses she created during the holiday season, her favorite time of the year. She mixed by hand all of the ingredients, engineered the sections together with frosting and meticulously applied decorative candies. She prided herself on the houses being entirely edible. What started as a hobby quickly found popularity with friends/family and the production of 100+ annually for more than 30 years. In December 1980, The Daily Local News even coined Marcy “The Gingerbread Lady” with a full article and photos of her work. One specially crafted Hanukkah house even made its way to Hollywood, presented as a gift to director Steven Spielberg. Holidays were also full of baking a variety of cookies, as she produced thousands of them and delivered tasty “cookie plates” to almost everyone she knew.
Having no children of her own, Marcy lovingly adopted several rescue dogs and cats over the years. She also tinkered in her gardens and enjoyed feeding the feathered friends. Unique in personality and her interests, Marcy also loved ladybugs, anything related to space/moon missions, Irish Tenors music, cross-stitch and needle pointing, and was the “Google” of West Chester history.
Marcy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Frederick Sinclair Chatley. She is survived by her brother, John Chatley III; her nieces Erin Chatley Duffy, Megan Chatley McCrery, and Joanne Chatley; her nephew John (Jay) Chatley IV; five great nieces; a great nephew; numerous cousins; and very dear friends.
A service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at the Bradford Friends Meeting House 1366 W. Strasburg Road, Marshallton, PA.