Marlyse Emilie Bach passed away peacefully in Chapel Hill on Sunday, February 4 2004, aged 74. For many years she had put up a very brave and stubborn fight against cancer.
Marlyse, whose family lives in Nancy, France, came to study US history at UNC Greensboro in 1976. She then obtained a second Masters in French at UNCG and earned her doctorate in French at UNC Chapel Hill. Then she taught French at Wake Forest University and later at Duke University.
In 1978, while still at UNCG, she wed John Kennedy, from Winston-Salem, who was also at UNCG and they were happily married for 45 years. Her husband taught elementary education at various schools in North Carolina including in Chapel Hill. For the last 23 years they lived in Southern Village, Chapel Hill.
They used to travel to France regularly and she enjoyed showing off her French cooking and entertaining. Her neighbors especially enjoyed her Christmas treats.
She is survived by her husband, John, and relatives in France.