Marian Marie Taylor Powell, age 89, passed into eternity on March 26, 2019 following several months of declining health. She was a 17 year resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA.
Born October 1, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA to parents Paul and Marie (Kistenmacher) Taylor, Marian graduated from Kensington High School for Girls in 1948. She married her high school sweetheart, John Arthur Powell (Jack) on Oct. 9, 1948 – they enjoyed 36 years of marriage until his death in October, 1984. Marian and Jack lived in the Philadelphia area until 1958 when they moved their young family to Lexington, Massachusetts. In addition to being a homemaker, Marian worked part-time for several years in the Lexington School system office. In 1978 Marian and Jack purchased The Minute Shop – an art supply and framing shop in downtown Lexington. Marian continued to own and operate The Minute Shop for 17 years after Jack died. When she moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody, Marian participated in many resident organizations including the Garden Club, the Treasure Chest, the Book Club, Brooksby Theater group and Comparative Religion classes. In addition, she enjoyed traveling, attending the symphony and visiting museums etc.. taking full advantage of many amenities and opportunities offered by Brooksby.
Marian was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She loved her family and friends and was, in turn, beloved by all who knew her. She was a Christian who loved God and she remained active in her church (Hancock United Church of Christ, then Brooksby Village Chapel) as long as her health permitted.
Marian was an avid reader and a casual gardener. She was a talented artist (painting in oils) and enjoyed knitting, card games and dominoes. She looked forward to her annual visits to Martha’s Vineyard often accompanied by family or friends. We remember many fun family reunions with her in Marco Island, Florida! She was widely-traveled having visited England, Ireland, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Scotland, Italy, the Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii.
Marian was predeceased by her parents, her husband Jack and one brother, Joe Taylor.
She is survived by three children and their spouses: Jack (Carolyn) Powell of Palm Harbor, Florida, Steve (Sharon) Powell of Nashville, Tennessee and Cynthia (Mark) Powell Chadurjian of Burlington, Vermont as well as seven grandchildren: Leigh (Kris) Bybee, John (Amanda) Powell, Jon (Tess) Chadurjian, Taylor (Richard) Moore, Katie Chadurjian, Kate Powell, Jamie Chadurjian and four great-grandchildren Madison Powell, Annabelle Powell, Luke Bybee and Henry Moore.
She will be remembered and missed by family as well as friends who shared love, laughter and many special times with her throughout the years.
The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (Burlington,MA), Lahey Medical Center (Peabody, MA), Beverly Hospital (Beverly, MA), Brooksby Village Rehab and Continuing Care Center (Peabody, MA) and Care Dimensions Hospice Service for their kindness and their excellent care of our mother making her final days as comfortable as possible.
There will be a Memorial Service at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 27 at the Brooksby Village Chapel (Peabody, MA) with a Reception to follow at 3:00 pm. The family will gather for interment in Philadelphia, PA at a later date. Mackey Funeral Home in Danvers, MA is handling final arrangements. www.mackeyfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marian’s memory may be made to your favorite charity.
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