Marion Shaw Taylor Hong – Shelburne
|June 20, 2012||Filled under Obituaries||
Marion Shaw Taylor Hong, 82, died peacefully on June 14, 2012, surrounded by loving family, after a brief illness. She was born on April 3, 1930, in Pawtucket, R.I., the second child and eldest daughter of Dwight and Mary Taylor. Marion attended the Northwestern School of Nursing in Chicago. She was married to Richard Hong for 60 years, and was devoted to her family, raising four children with love, positive support, clear but gentle discipline, and total dedication to their needs. Her nurturing personality was well-suited to her nursing career, which she put on hold while her children were small, but found an outlet for her boundless energy in transcribing standard text to Braille for the visually impaired in both Minneapolis, Minn., and Madison, Wis. She was recognized as Madisonian of the Year in 1974 for her volunteer work. She moved with Richard to Vermont in 1992, to be closer to family and visit with her sisters. At home in Charlotte, she cultivated beautiful gardens and worked tirelessly to make her surroundings lovely and welcoming. Marion and Richard moved to Wake Robin in Shelburne in 2007, where she happily made yet another home. A natural mother, loving wife, born nurse and loyal friend, she will be sorely missed by the scores of people whose lives she touched. Among her survivors is her husband, Richard Hong of Shelburne; daughter, Susan Hong and husband, James Barker, of Charlotte, and their three children, Kate, Sarah, and Ben Barker. A circle of remembrance will be held at Wake Robin at a future date to be announced. Memorial gifts may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program, vnacares.org; or to Community Health Centers of Burlington, www.chcb.org.