A lifelong resident of Oswego, born March 7, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Zell and Doris Hall.
Marie graduated from Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Delaware in 1951. She went on to obtain her master’s degree and graduated in one of the first nationwide nurse clinician programs in 1975.
She started her career at Oswego Hospital and went on to teach nursing in Georgetown, Delaware and Oswego County BOCES. After a life changing event, Marie devoted herself to teaching fitness and opened Lake Fitness Studio in Scriba.
She was a very spiritual person and a Master Reiki practitioner. She also taught yoga and tai chi classes.
She was an active RSVP volunteer and taught line dancing classes throughout Oswego County. She and her husband were members of the Shirts and Skirts square dancing club, in which she hand crafted their costumes.
Surviving are her loving husband, Elijah “Laker” Lake, Jr.; children, Victoria Agosta, Melissa Dawson, Benjamin (Lesa) Ellerd and Christopher Ellerd; step-children, Eli (Ann) Lake, Peter (Madonna) Lake, Loraine (Don) Titus and Jason Lake; grandchildren, Vincent (Becky) Agosta, Kimberly (Mark) Salerno, Melanie Cabrera, William Dawson, Kelly (Kerry) Maguire and Mackenzie Ellerd as well as eight great-grandchildren.
She also leaves her beloved dog, Mary and her dearest friends, Michelle Parrish and Betty Murphy.
Marie was predeceased by her sisters, Jean Giambo and Ann Lamphear and her grandson, Benjamin Ellerd IV.
A memorial service was held May 6 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oswego County Animal Welfare League (OCAWL) at www.ocawl-spca.org or P.O. Box 442 Fulton, NY 13069.