SHELBURNE — A celebration of life will be held at a later date for Marion C. Morhouse, 98, who died on March 18 at Wake Robin, a Life Care Community in Shelburne, where she had lived since 1996.
Marion was born in Bradford on April 2, 1914, daughter of Dr. Walter S. Cole and Zella Pauline (Blakely) Cole.
She graduated from Bradford Academy in 1932 and attended Middlebury College.
Marion married L. Judson Morhouse in 1934 and lived in Ticonderoga, N.Y. Following her divorce in 1947 she moved to Woodstock, where she lived for 22 years. She then lived in Enfield, N.H. for 27 years until her move to Wake Robin.
Marion was employed by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College for 22 years, the last 13 as Registrar. Upon her retirement, in recognition of her service, she was inducted into the Dartmouth Society of Engineers as an honorary member.
Marion was an active participant in each of the communities in which she lived. In Woodstock, she was involved with the Girl Scouts, the Garden Club, the community school group, the Congregational Church and the Woolhouse Players. While in Enfield she was a member of the Historical Society and the Shaker Museum, as well as the Lebanon and Hanover Garden clubs and in her 80s, she delivered food for Meal on Wheels. At Wake Robin, she chaired the Tag Sale committee for several years, helping to raise several thousand dollars for activities there.
Marion is survived by her son, Thomas Judson Morhouse of Ticonderoga, N.Y., and her daughter, Wendy Sanborn of Canterbury, N.H., by three son-in-laws, Milton Chase, Christopher N, Breiseth and E. Charles Sanborn; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Marion was predeceased by her daughters, Anne and Jane, in 1977 and 2012, respectively, her son-in-law Gary Blackman in 1995, and her daughter-in-law Susan Morhouse in 2010. Marion was the last of her generation of the Cole family including her dear sister-in-law Dorothy Cole, sisters, Zella, Virginia and Caroline and brother, W. Gilbert (Bud) Cole.
She was loved by the Morhouse and Cole families, including Sandy Morhouse and Patty Hogan, and every niece and nephew.
She will be remembered for her deep love of her family, her sense of adventure, her love of Scrabble, and her delight in ballroom dancing. In her “leisure time” she designed her house, created its gardens and traveled to many parts of the world. She loved to take visiting grandchildren to Pico Peak to ride with them on the alpine slide; she hiked the Milford Track (in sneakers) in New Zealand, and para-sailed at age 86. She had a wonderful zest for life.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Bradford Academy now Oxbow High School, c/o Bruce Bishop, 36 Oxbow Drive, Bradford, VT 05033 or the Wake Robin Employee Appreciation Fund, c/o Fred Erdman, 200 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne.
This obituary first appeared in the March 28, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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