1918 – 2016
Putnam – Marjorie Edith (Foote) Marion, 98, of Marycrest Drive, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 6, 2016 in Day Kimball Hospital after a short illness. She was born in Chester, CT on February 25, 1918. She was predeceased by her wonderful husband, Lawrence Joseph Marion, on October 31, 2001, her kind and gentle son, John Paul Marion, on February 12, 2009, and her daughter-in-law Jacqueline Marion on November 11, 1998. She and Lawrence were married on April 30, 1941 at St. Mary Church of the Visitation in Putnam, CT by Monsignor John Paul Wodarski. Marjorie was baptized as a Roman Catholic on January 12, 1942.
Marjorie is survived by five sons, Lawrence and his wife Joyce, Robert and his son Robert II, Francis, Joseph and his wife Patricia, and William Marion; her daughter, Margaret and her husband, Michael St. Denis, and their children Lisa, Michael, and Daniel She is also survived by her sister-in-law Eva Cormier, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marjorie was predeceased by her sister, Lovina Foote Goodale of Storrs, CT; her brother, Robert Foote, and his wife Ruth of Ithaca, NY, and her brother Edward Foote and his wife Marion of Hebron, CT. Robert’s second wife Barbara resides in Ithaca, NY.
She was also predeceased by her sisters-in-law, Lillian Marion, Doris Marion Provencal and her husband Gilbert; brother-in-law Louis Cormier, and brother-in-law Leo Marion and his wife Leone.
Marjorie was a direct descendent of Nathaniel Foote “The Settler” who landed on the west bank of the Connecticut River in 1633 with the “Ten Adventurers” and founded Wethersfield, CT. She was the daughter of Robert Erastus Foote and Annie Lovina Hutchinson Foote of Hebron, CT. Her paternal grandmother, Alice Hills Foote died in 1980 as a supercentenarian at the age of 111 years, 267 days, which made her the third oldest living person in the world at that time. Her maternal grandmother, Lovina Holbrook Hutchinson died in 1949 at the age of 101.
Around 1920, when she was a small child, her parents moved to Footehills Farm in the Gilead section of Hebron, CT. She attended the one room schoolhouse at the junction of Rte. 85 and Hebron Ave. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in Storrs with a degree in Home Economics. She was an excellent athlete at UCONN participating in field hockey, tennis, and figure skating, and was President of the Varsity Club. Her first job was as a Home Economics teacher at Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, CT. She then moved to Putnam to work as the Windham County 4H Agent, until her first child was born in 1943. She then stayed home to raise her rapidly growing family. She had to use curtains to make clothes, and made most of the clothes for her children. She canned enormous quantities of vegetables, juices, fruits, jams, and jellies to keep her large family healthy and well fed. She worked on the 15-acre family farm where they grew vegetables, fruit, hay, raised chickens for meat and eggs, Angus steers for beef, and a Holstein cow for milk. Her children were taught the value of hard work by working on the family farm, for neighborhood farmers, and in summer jobs in the local textile mills. Her parents had taught her the great value of getting an education and she passed that on to her children, sending them all to excellent schools. She got her children actively involved in various sports. When her children got old enough, she returned to the work force as a Home Economics teacher at Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson, CT. She also worked at Westview Manor. Her final job was running the Sunrise Trading Company Health Food store which she owned with her husband, Lawrence, for many years. She enjoyed helping customers in the old Green Barn that housed the store.
She loved to play old songs and religious hymns of various types on her Steinway quarter grand piano. She could read music well and could also play music by ear. She was also an enthusiastic writer of letters to family, friends, and politicians. She was active in local Republican politics, and helped prevent the takeover of East and West Putnam by the City, and worked on electing the last Republican Mayor of Putnam, Sam Roberts. She collected religious articles that she enjoyed giving to her children. She was a tireless generator of ideas on things to do to improve her small farm property. Marjorie always said that she was most fortunate to have the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Convent as her wonderful neighbors, and she regularly attended Mass in their beautiful chapel for more than 60 years.
She was able to remain happily in her home until recently due to the home modifications that were done by her son Robert. He also provided superb live-in caregiver Sharon Bastek, who with her two daughters, gave Marjorie wonderful care. The Family would like to thank the Staff at the East-1 Nursing Station at Day Kimball Hospital for the exceptional level of care and comfort they provided each and every day.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Marjorie’s family from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church Street, Putnam. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12:00 p.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marianapolis Preparatory School, 26 Chase Rd, Thompson, CT 06277. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.