Marlegrecy N’Ovec entered eternal life on November 17, 2019. Over her 81 years, she went by many names, including Thelma, T.G., May, T-May, Marle, and Mercy. Marlegrecy leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, generosity, and wisdom.
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Born in Mandeville, Jamaica, on September 15, 1938, to Mabelle Sloly and Noel Green, Marlegrecy’s birthname was Thelma May. Growing up, she enjoyed singing, dancing, playing outdoors, attending church, and learning about Jamaica’s vegetation.
Marlegrecy dreamed of becoming a teacher. She attended and then taught at Church Teachers College in Jamaica. She later immigrated to the U.S., where she continued teaching. Marlegrecy attended some of the country’s finest schools, including Bank Street College of Education, Columbia Teachers College, and Columbia University, where she earned her Doctorate in Education.
While living in New York, Marlegrecy met and married Lindbergh Kingsley Linton, known as Earl. Together, they had three children. After his passing in 1980, Marlegrecy moved with her three children to Florida, where she later married Floyd Dorsey.
Marlegrecy’s life mission was to be an educator. Under that umbrella, she took on many roles: teacher, professor, tutor, counselor, writer, advisor, advocate, speaker, author, editor, family educator, Christian Witness, friend, field worker, seminarist, intercessor, life coach, and more. The uniting thread is that Marlegrecy lived a life of serving others.
Marlegrecy called herself a “citizen of the world.” She answered the call to make “disciples of all the nations” by traveling to China during the summer of 1995. That trip cemented a love affair for the people of China and Hong Kong — a passion born in Jamaica. Marlegrecy went on to reside, teach, and spread the gospel in China and Hong Kong.
While in Hong Kong, she suffered two ruptured brain aneurysms, from which she recovered. That experience inspired her name change to Marlegercy — a combination of “mercy” and “grace,” which she felt God showered on her by sparing her. She chronicled her life and experience with aneurysms in her book, “Double Miracles.”
Marlegrecy leaves behind three children, Vidal, Jessica, and Alaya; four grandchildren, Jordan, Miles, Micah, and Zara; a sister, Irene; a brother, Ricardo; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many spiritual and “adopted”
children and grandchildren.
Marlegrecy’s impact on others spans decades and continents. Her passing will continue to be felt deeply by her family, friends, acquaintances, and even by those she encountered only once.