Marlene Bond Prescott, 86, of Upper Jay, N.Y.


UPPER JAY, N.Y. — Marlene Bond Prescott, 86, of the Springfield Road, Upper Jay, N.Y., died Wednesday, March 6, 2023, at her residence, under the loving care of her family and High Peaks Hospice.

Marlene was born in Stowe, Vt., Nov. 18, 1937, the daughter of Andrew and Laura (Field) Mansfield. She grew up in Stowe and graduated from Stowe High School. She later graduated from The University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree.

She married Robert Bond in 1959. He predeceased her.

Marlene came to Upper Jay in the early 1990s to run the Brookside Motor Inn and flourished in her role as the unofficial “mayor of Upper Jay.” She delighted in acting as a vital resource and community liaison. Whether you were a hiker in need of directions, a community member in need of someone to help with house repairs, or a victim of the devastating flood in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Marlene was there to help. The Red Cross Station for flood relief was housed at Brookside, and it was the gathering place for meals, food and other supplies.

If you visited Upper Jay, you would undoubtedly find Marlene sitting amiably on her porch, waving to passers-by and greeting guests who had become lifelong friends. If you ever had the good fortune to stay at the Brookside, you are forever counted among them.

Left to cherish the memory of Marlene are: her children, Laurie Childers, Elizabeth Bond-Stewart (John), Robert D. Bond (Raelene), and Suzanne Hunt (Robert); grandchildren, Hattie, Clayton (Alyssa), Clara (Matt) and Glen Childers; Emily, Colin, and Caroline Stewart; Raeann, Ryan (Karen) Bond, John (Julia), Asa, Tia, and Marlie Hunt; great-grandchildren, Awasos Hunt, Ronan, and Thea Bond; and brother, Daryl.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 23, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the ADK Cafe. Please join her family in celebrating Marlene Dolores Mansfield Bond Prescott’s extraordinary life. Bring your Marlene stories; have some delicious lunch supplied by the local restaurateurs and gather in her spirit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, N.Y. ◊


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