DeLisle, Marita K.

In Memory of Marita Katherine DeLisle…

Marita K. DeLisle, 75, of Plano TX, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at her home, comforted by her devoted family and beloved pets after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Watertown NY in 1942 to the late Clellon and Kathleen Bancroft.  After graduating from Franklin High School in Rochester NY in 1960, she moved to Kettering, OH to live with her sister Anne.  It was here she met the love of her life and husband, Richard D. DeLisle, stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton OH. They were married in 1963 and moved to Bristol, CT where they began their family.  New opportunities took the family from Connecticut to New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts, and then finally to Texas in 1988.  Marita served the several communities in which she lived by being an active parishioner in her church, volunteering with Hospice and Meals on Wheels organizations and mentoring children through various programs in middle and junior high schools.

Marita looked at the world with an artist’s eye and a poet’s heart.  She enjoyed creating her own works through decorative tole painting and custom porcelain dolls, she continually worked on refining her surroundings based on her sense of balance, color and love of beauty in nature.  She loved the ocean and anything to do with the sea and was most happy sitting on a bench enjoying the ebb and flow of the tide with her husband by her side.  She cared deeply about her faith, was completely devoted to her family and never waivered in her commitment to either.  She was very proud of helping her children and grandchildren accomplish all they could in life and her legacy lives on through their shared appreciation of design, music, animals and nature.

Marita is survived by her husband and best friend of over 54 years, Richard D. DeLisle; daughter Kathleen Lodi and husband Robert of Chelmsford MA; son Richard DeLisle and wife Cathy of McKinney TX; daughter Danielle Bowen and husband Rees of Dallas TX; brothers Daniel Bancroft of Southgate CA and William Bancroft and wife Helen of Anchorage AK; her cherished grandchildren, Matthew DeLisle and Ava Bowen and several nieces and nephews.

A private funeral mass will be held at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plano TX followed by a celebration of her life.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

13 responses to “DeLisle, Marita K.”

  1. Diane & Terrence Donovan says:

    Beautiful story of a beautiful woman. Marita may you rest in eternal peace and may your family find comfort in wonderful memories. We have been fortunate to have your beautiful daughter Kathy part of our family for close to 30 years and we are sending all that loved you our deepest condolences.

  2. Anne DeLisle says:

    Sending my deepest condolences…
    Praying God comforts and guides you with His peace which surpasses understanding. ♡ Annie

  3. Geraldine Delisle says:

    Marita, I know you are sitting at the Right Hand of Our Father you are in Heaven and not in pain or suffering anymore. You are an incredible young woman who came into our family and brought so very much love to my brother, Butch or Desi as you called. Your beautiful daughter Kathy arrived and Rick born in Bristol. And the blessing of Dani. This precious family grew to Rick son and first grandchild Matthew he truly has been your “love”. And when Ava came along Dani shown her daughter the image of Kathy and Dani and so very active. God Bless you all and know that love comes back to the whole family sending you the biggest hug from Aunt Geri.

  4. william briere says:

    Desi, we are very sorry to read about the loss of your wife Marita.
    Bill and Marilyn (Lemieux) Briere

  5. Noreen Johnson says:

    Desi, Kathy, Rick, Dani and families ~ My condolences to Marcy’s loved and cherished family. This is a wonderful tribute, to a caring, funny, loving, devoted wife and mother, as well as a cherished friend. With Love, Noreen

  6. Gwen Teichman says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.

  7. Dick Cote says:

    So sorry to hear about Marita. Desi, you’ll be in our prayers.

  8. Butch and Sue Loveland says:

    Sorry to hear about Marita.

  9. Charlotte and Robert Lodi says:

    A beautiful, talented wife and mother,is resting with her Lord
    Watching over her loving family without pain.
    We want to send love, peace and courage to Marita’s family.
    We have be blessed to have Kathy, her amazing, caring, lovely daughter married to our son for over 25 years,

  10. Desi says:

    My heart aches with emptiness, remembering, on this the one year anniversary of losing you. Tears still flow and the pain is strong. You are always in my thoughts. We miss you. Always loving you, Desi

  11. Desi says:

    Two years ago today at this time, you went to a happier place. I’m glad that your suffering ended, but miss you with all my heart. The moments of laughter, your beautiful blue eyes are constantly in my memory! Miss you, my love! Desi

  12. Desi says:

    We’re coming up on the 4th anniversary of your going home to the Lord. Just wanted to tell you that I miss you terribly! Was listening to a Celtic women version of “you raise me up” and thought of you, again. You really liked listening to them! God, I miss you! Miss touching you. Holding your hand, touching your face, rubbing your head while laying in bed. Love you, sweetheart!

  13. Richard DeLisle says:

    Just a line to say that I miss you. Four years have pasted and it seems like forever. Miss those beautiful blue eyes and radiant smile! Think of you often, love you still! Always, desi

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