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Marion Ellen Piper Smith

Date of Death: February 19, 2018

Date of Birth: April 16, 1937

Biography:

Marion Ellen Piper Smith passed away Monday February 19th after a brief illness.  She was born in Harmony Maine in 1937. 

Marion was the first of nine children born to Bion and Florence Wood Piper.  She was predeceased by her husband Edward (Ted) Smith, her parents, and by brother Sherwood and sister Laurie Piper-Provost.  She is survived by sisters Diane Kirouac, Christine Liermann, Sharon Piper, and by brothers Lowell, Douglas, and Roland Piper, and by children Robin, Daniel, Elizabeth, and Caleb Smith, and by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

After graduating from High School at Anson Academy, Marion attended Husson College and then worked briefly in Washington DC.  She returned to Maine In 1957 to marry and start a family with her husband Ted.

Marion lived in Mount Vernon in a passive solar home that she designed and that she and her family built together in 1976.  

Prior to her retirement, Marion worked for many years at the Maine State Museum in Augusta where she worked in various secretarial and scheduling positions.  She enjoyed kayaking, walking, the spirited people of Mt. Vernon, and the camaraderie of friends at the Maine State Museum.

She was thoughtful and creative. She painted landscapes, spun wool, wove fabric, knitted and sewed, and reupholstered furniture. She adorned the family homestead with fine handwoven fabrics and oil paintings.  In similar fashion, and as an accomplished seamstress, she adorned her family with clothing that she lovingly created.  She was known for several years in the Augusta area as a maker of fine wool hats. She tackled home design, carpentry, glass and tile work. Her bread, pies, and cheesecakes were highly prized—something that often seemed to surprise her.

She loved folk music, especially Celtic music, and first met her future husband when a family friend sent him to deliver some sheet music to her. To her last day, Schooner Fare and the Corries made her tap her feet and brought a smile to her face.

She was intrigued by new ideas and discoveries in art, history, archeology, marine biology, psychology and nature. She wrote whimsical, insight-filled emails sprinkled with subtle humor.

A gathering to celebrate her life will be held most likely in June.  Please check back for updates on the schedule and location.

 

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