Marcia Dingley

Obituary of Marcia Dingley


Ravena- Marcia Dingley (née O'Dell) of Albany, NY, passed away November 29, 2017. Born in Albany, she was a graduate of Albany High School and Mildred Elley College.

Marcia was a member of a community group that successfully advocated for a full cleanup and health study of the NL Industries uranium site in Colonie, NY. As a young mother, she lived next to the NL munitions factory on Central Ave. which polluted the neighborhood with over 5 tons of radioactive uranium from smokestack emissions. Marcia and many other people believed that her health and the health of her baby daughter, Brigid, were irreparably harmed by NL's pollution. Brigid was born with Down's syndrome and died of leukemia as a small child. Marcia suffered from Cushing's, a very rare disease, for decades, and died of pancreatic cancer.

In 1982, as soon as she learned of NL's pollution, she became an advocate. For over 30 years, she was a key spokesperson for Community Concerned about NL Industries (CCNL) speaking to the media, at hearings and meetings in her articulate, soft-spoken voice.

She will be greatly missed by many people, including her son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Lisa Dingley, her mother Ida O'Dell, and her brother Dennis. She was predeceased by her daughter, Brigid Kayleigh Dingley, her father Harold O'Dell, and her brother Eli.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday December 8, 2017 from 11:30-12:30 pm at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham. Memorial Services for Marcia will be celebrated at the conclusion of the gathering at the funeral home at 12:30 pm with Fr. James Walsh officiating.

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