Marjory “Gael” Dusseau, 80, loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away in the presence of the Lord and her loving family on Friday November 17, 2023.
She was born July 10, 1943 in Washington, D.C. the daughter of the late Norbert and Marjory Eakle. Her siblings were: Norbert “Eek” Eakle, Christine Eakle (deceased) and Jeanne Greer.
Marjory grew up in District Heights, MD and graduated high school from Saint Cecilia’s Academy in Washington D.C. She worked as radiology technician, seamstress, and had a career as an Office Manager and Job Costing Specialist at Advanced Equipment Co. until her retirement in 2012.
In 1963 she married the love of her life Edgar “Duke” Dusseau. Marjory and Edgar were happily married for 58 years living in District Heights MD and later in Owings MD.
Marjory was predeceased by her husband, Edgar and is survived by her Children: Lorraine Dusseau, Daniel Dusseau and wife Denise, David Dusseau and wife Janet, Theresa Lackey and husband Brandon. Grandchildren include Eric Dusseau, Ryan Dusseau, Stephen Dusseau, and Rebecca Beckmann and husband Christopher Hall.
Marjory was known for her kindness and willingness to help others. On multiple occasions she opened her home to those needing a place to live as they struggled with health or other issues. She fed them, assisted with finances and drove them to appointments. Throughout her life she volunteered at church and school functions. For many years at church, she served as a Eucharistic Minister, participated in several ministries and remained strong in her faith while regularly attending Mass with her family at Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville, MD. and later at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Owings, MD.
Custom knitted Christmas stockings and an assorted decorative Christmas cookies became her legacy. Marjory hand knitted more than 500 Christmas stockings that now adorn homes across the Country. Likewise, her love of Christmas cookies, became a family workshop of effort. With more than 30 different hand-decorated varieties: friends, neighbors, and acquaintances all eagerly anticipated their platter of Marjory’s festive cookies at the holidays. Additionally, although she occasionally earned money sewing, her skills as a seamstress gained her notoriety when she crafted elaborate costumes for the Mount Calvary School Drama Club in the late 1970s. Years later, her costume designs are still mentioned by the alumni.
Marjory had an adventurous character. She liked to travel, go to the beach, visit with friends, was an avid reader, enjoyed history and ancestry, tending to her plants and staying active. She remained a friend to many, helping to coordinate high-school reunions, trips with friends and church activities. Marjory’s love of family was abundant as she also enjoyed spending time with her extended family Stephen Greer, Mathew Greer, Meghan Bailey and Kristen Packett.
Her family loved her dearly and often remarked about her easy-going, steady and determined approach to life. She served as a wonderful example of devotion, unconditional love, faith and service. Marjory was always grateful for what she had in her life. Her family and friends’ lives were all more love-filled and meaningful because of her. She will be deeply missed.