Marjorie (Varney) Clifford

WATERVILLE – Marjorie (Varney) Clifford, 94, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at home after a brief illness,with her loving family at her side. She was the devoted wife of Harolyn Kenneth “Stub” Clifford, who passed away on March 6, 2021, with whom she shared 74 years of marriage. Marjorie will be missed by all she touched with her loving, caring, and warm personality.

Marjorie was born on Sept. 20, 1927 in North Dixmont, Maine. She was the daughter of the late Harold H. Varney and Althea G. (Bennett) Varney. Marjorie was a graduate of Waterville High School, Class of 1945, where she was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps. She resided in Waterville for most of her life.

She worked at Waterville Family Practice for several years until her retirement in 1987. Marjorie previously worked as a secretary for Dr. Clarence Dore until his retirement. Prior to starting her family, Marjorie was a comptometer operator at Hollingsworth and Whitney.

Marjorie treasured the time she spent with her family and friends. She was a member of the Mayflower Society and the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church. She enjoyed genealogy, gardening, raising orchids and going to the Muskie Center, where she belonged to knitting and quilting groups. She will always be remembered as a great cook and a very talented seamstress. She also enjoyed needlepoint and making porcelain dolls.

Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Linda Livingston and her husband Robert, of Harpswell; daughter Mary Clifford, of Methuen, MA; son David Clifford and his wife Gisele, of Vassalboro; daughter Beth Clifford, of Benton; her sister Esther Shores and her husband Stanley of Benton; her grandchildren: Kristi, David, Christopher, Devin, Dillon, Nathan, Stephanie, and Jenna; and her great grandchildren: Victoria, Bailey, Tabitha, Belle, Kyle, Conor, and Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her beloved husband, Harolyn, her daughter Laurie Jean, and her parents, Marjorie is predeceased by her brothers, Lloyd H. Varney and Laurice A. Varney.

Marjorie’s family would like to thank those who helped make it possible for her to stay at her home the last few weeks of her life.

Visiting hours will be in the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 11to 12 p.m. Her funeral service will be at noon in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. For those wishing to view visiting hours or the 12 p.m. funeral service remotely, they may do so by live-streaming at -clifford-2021

Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville following the funeral, weather permitting.

Arrangements are in the care of the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield, where condolences may be shared with the family. On the obituary page of the website at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, JDRF,200 Vessey St. 28th Floor, New York,NY, 10281 or to the American Heart Association, P.O.Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284

Marjorie (Varney) Clifford

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