Arts & Culture Blog
Local Theater Pillar Marcia Hovick Died Monday
February 2, 2012
Marcia Hovick, actress, director, playwright and founder of the Children's Experimental Theatre (which dissolved in 2010 after 50 years) and Staff Players Repertory Company, died Monday at midnight at skilled nursing facility Cypress Ridge, according to her son Nick Hovick. She was 89 years old.
"She was peaceful, quiet and comfortable in the last couple days of her life," Nick says. "She entered into hospice care Saturday to help her with pain medications. She approached her death with the same decisiveness she approached her life with. It was pretty amazing.”
She had been infirm from a stroke, which debilitated some of her memories, but she counteracted it by listening to Nick read to her David Copperfield.
“She approached her recovery with real wit,” Nick says. “That wonderful gift she had for making people feel special and at ease—if she wanted. She formed a lot of good relationships with [nursing facility] staff. There was some fantasy, but in the spirit of her creative life, like a blanket, a way of making her life tolerable and comfortable.”
Her casket will be at Paul Mortuary (390 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove) 4-7pm Friday, Feb. 11, for "people who want to pay their respects"; a funeral and "celebration of life" of eulogies, stories and music will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula (490 Aguajito Road, Carmel) 1:30-2:30pm Saturday, Feb. 11, followed by a reception 2:30-4pm; and a private internment for family and friends will be held Monday at El Encinal Cemetary.