Marcia Hunt, 72, teacher, activist, former Ridgefielder

Marcia Lynne Hunt (Marchese), a passionate activist, dedicated educator, loving mother and loyal friend, passed away unexpectedly April 11, 2013 at the age of 72.

A long-time San Francisco resident, and recent transplant to the Sacramento area, Marcia was a formidable woman who knew her mind and wasn’t afraid to share her opinion in any situation.  A feminist who empowered others to find their inner strength, she sparkled in a crowd as she drew one in with her quick wit, sharp intellect and dazzling smile.  A voracious traveler with an eye for the adventurous in both cuisine and locale, she grabbed onto life with a gusto that few possess but all will remember.

Born June 9, 1940 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Carolyn and Frank Marchese, Marcia was one of two children and was an active participant in her community.  She graduated from Lauralton Hall in 1958 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Education from Indiana University as well as a Masters in Communication from Eastern Michigan University.

It was at IU where she met and fell in love with her husband Jay B. Hunt. They were married at St. Mary’s Church in Ridgefield on Feb. 1, 1964. Their love affair spanned over 50 years and defined each of them in immeasurable ways.

While they lived in Ridgefield, she was a founder of and active in The Ridgefield Women’s Political Caucus in the 1970s. In 1975 she became the second president of the Ridgefield branch of the American Association of University Women.

Her career brought her much joy, whether inspiring young minds in the classroom or shaping school policy in the California Legislature to being the first to launch computer’s in a Cupertino classroom as well as starting her own retail business in San Francisco. But it was Marcia’s hospitality, graciousness and one-of-a-kind style that made her a unique and classy lady.

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Jay B. Hunt, her brother David Marchese, her children David and Deborah Hunt and her two grandsons, Hunter and Tyler who loved their Nana beyond words and wish she could have played with them longer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Indiana University Foundation for the Frank & Carolyn Marchese and Donna Bye Hunt Scholarships at PO Box 500 | Bloomington, IN. 47402 or a charity of your choice. For more information on Marcia and her life, including service information, please visit

To our wife, lover, mother, and friend - you will be missed but remembered always in our hearts and minds.

Condolences may be sent to: The Hunt Family, 6423 Faustino Way, Sacramento, CA 95831