After retiring from the University, Marsha founded a small publishing company, teaming up once again with Donna Chinnis. Marsha wrote the book, Paradox of Professionalism: American Nurses in World War II and contributes to the Southern Muses Blog. Her memoir, Miracles All Around Me – The Unexpected Gifts of My Mother’s Alzheimer’s was published February 2014 and is an affectionate and candid account of caring for her mother who had early onset Alzheimer’s for the last decade of her life. Although Marsha felt ill-equipped for the care-giver role, wit and loyal devotion allowed her to walk by her mother’s side as participant, observer and chronicler to the very end.
Marsha counts among her accomplishments several seasons of playing middle-C in the Newell Presbyterian Church Bells of Grace Choir, surviving a serious motorcycle accident, and traveling to London, Paris, Athens, Cairo, NYC, Washington, D.C., the Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmore and Keewatin, Minnesota.
Forthcoming projects include two historical novels - a fictional account of Dorothy Chinnis’ nursing experience in Europe during the Second World War based on the diary she kept during her deployment, and a portrait of the contributions and hardships of an American nurse in London during the Blitz.
Marsha is available to speak to Alzheimer’s support, care-giver, and elder-care groups.