Marion Cole Morhouse – Shelburne

Marion C. Morhouse, 98, died on March 18 at Wake Robin, in Shelburne, Vt.

Marion was born in Bradford, Vt., on April 2, 1914, to 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, Vt., where she lived for 22 years. She then lived in Enfield, N.H. for 27 years until her move to Wake Robin since 1996.

She 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 is survived by her son, Thomas Judson Morhouse of Ticonderoga, N.Y., and her daughter, Wendy Sanborn of Canterbury, N.H., by three sons-in-law, 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.

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, Vt. 

A celebration of Marion’s life will be held at a later date.

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