Marion Huyssoon Grabhorn passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Guided by intellectual curiosity, a passion for the arts, and love of family, Marion led an extraordinary life.
She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1930 and it was there that she met her husband, Edgar A. Grabhorn, to whom she was happily married for 57 years. In support of Edgar's Air Force career, and after relocating throughout the United States and abroad for many years, they settled in Concord, Massachusetts in 1963. There she raised their four children and committed herself to the community.
A lover of the outdoors, Marion was a long-time supporter of the Concord Land Conservation Trust, a founding member of the Heywood Meadow Stewardship Committee, and swam laps at White Pond every summer through her 85th year. A talented gardener and natural athlete, Marion was a member of the Garden Club of Concord and the Concord Country Club, where she held her own on the tennis court into her 80s. Understanding the importance of preserving community character, she served two terms on the Historic Districts Commission. Marion volunteered countless hours with the MFA Associates at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, giving gallery tours and supporting the Museum's member events. Always enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge, Marion fostered a love of the arts in others. An accomplished piano player and student of music, for decades she attended the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Lyric Opera. She traveled extensively throughout Europe with her husband, particularly enjoying numerous hiking trips across the countryside of England. Closer to home, she spent most summers of her life with family and friends at her beloved Eagle Camp on Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vt. Endlessly interested in people of all ages, Marion made friends wherever she went and will be missed by all who were fortunate to know her.
Marion leaves her children, Paul A. Grabhorn, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lynn G. Huggins and her husband Charles, of Concord, Massachusetts, and Ann G. Clemens and her husband Samuel, of Middletown, Rhode Island. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Jill Wu of Concord, Massachusetts. Marion is predeceased by her husband, Edgar, and her son, Clifford A. Grabhorn. Marion is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Alyssa, Sarah, Emma, Paul, and Emerson -- she was so proud of each of you.
Services will be private
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to:
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Heywood Meadow Stewardship Committee
Division of Natural Resources
141 Keyes Road
Concord, MA 01742.