Mary Louise Sutherland – South Burlington

Mary Louise “Marylou” Sutherland passed away on Sept, 28, 2013, after a remarkable life of service to family, friends, and community. Born Sept. 22, 1929, in Burlington, the only child of Claude and Florence (Hall) Taylor, she grew up in many communities in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine and excelled at her studies at the University of Vermont, where she met the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Sutherland, whom she married in 1950. They lived for many years in Shelburne, where they raised four sons in a vibrant family neighborhood. She was a lover of everyone’s children in addition to her own, and a cheerful presence and resource for hundreds of students at the Shelburne Village School as assistant librarian. A lifelong fan of operas, Broadway shows, mystery novels, as well as an enthusiastic Anglophile, Marylou amazed people with her vast knowledge of these and many other topics. She was very creative, an avid reader, writer and an excellent pianist, willingly serving as accompanist for countless church services, weddings, funerals, play rehearsals and recitals. She is still remembered in Shelburne as the instigator, script-writer, and director of “Korny Kapers,” a popular annual community musical theater production that ran for decades. Additionally, she penned many witty parodies for friends’ birthdays and other significant milestones and continued to pen scripts for theater productions at All Saints Episcopal Church in South Burlington, where she and Bob were faithful and tireless working members for over 50 years. Marylou leaves her loving husband of 63 years, Robert; sons, Peter and his wife, Augusta Rose Diamond, of Monkton, Michael and his partner, Tony Silvestre, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and David of Craftsbury; along with grandchildren, Calum, Sequoia, Yu-Yao, and Jing Yi. She was predeceased by her son, Christopher, in 2009.

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