Marcia Powell Chapman

February 2, 2014 

Marcia Powell Chapman

Marcia Powell Chapman, age 72, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away on Sunday night, January 19, 2014 after a courageous fight with cancer. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on January 31, 1941, her parents were Edward and Mildred Powell, and her sister was Adrienne Powell, all of Kingston, PA. She attended Hood College in Frederick, MD and earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She is survived by goddaughter Jocelyn Friedman of Durham, NC, stepsons Evan Chapman of Chapel Hill, NC and Matthew Chapman of San Francisco, CA, and cousin Charles Powell of Blythewood, SC. She was predeceased by her husband, William H. Chapman, her father, mother, and sister.

Marcia maintained numerous loving friendships from her early years through college and work in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Jersey and North Carolina. So many lives were touched by Marcia, in private practice as well as executive roles in the mental health and substance abuse field.

Most recently she was a private elder care companion, and had two trained therapy dogs that accompanied her to visit schools where she to read to children in the Chapel Hill area. Before this she was the clinical director at Freedom House Recovery Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Prior to moving to North Carolina with her husband in the 1990's, her entrepreneurial spirit helped launch Rainbow Healthcare Associates in the greater Philadelphia, PA, area, opening six offices providing inpatient and outpatient Psychiatric services.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date, and her ashes spread in Cape May, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Summer Reading Program for Kids, via Orange County Giving Fund at (

May you forever rest in peace, our dear sweet Marcia.

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