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FITCHBURG -- Marion E. Hugo, 86, of Fitchburg, MA, passed quietly into God's eternal love on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Lakeside Campus of UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, with her nephews Peter and James by her side.
She was born in nearby Ashby, on July 30, 1925, the daughter of Alvin E. and Margaret A. (Coldwell) Hugo, and second eldest of seven children: Ellen, Marion, Thornton (who died in infancy), (Pearl) Ernestine, Dorothy, (Caroline) Jo, and Mary. Marion lived most of her life in Ashby and Fitchburg, with significant periods of residence in Hartford, CT, Stoneham, MA, and the Loma Linda, CA area as well.
She graduated from Ashby High School in 1943, studied at the Julius Hartt School of Music in Hartford and received a B.S. in Nursing in 1954 from Fitchburg State Teachers College in a combined diploma program with Burbank Hospital School of Nursing.
Marion's faith as a Christian was central to her life and was interwoven with her love of family, friends and many acquaintances; her passion for music, animals and nature; and her dedication to honest and clean living. She was blessed with caring relationships with her pet cats, Cracker Barrel and Little Shetland Pony. Study of the Bible and prayer were a significant part of Marion's journey in faith.
She was a compassionate caregiver for longtime family friend and physician, John Kearney and for her father and sister Ellen during their final illnesses.
Marion was a devoted companion and caregiver to her mother for many years.
Her readiness to listen to others and her genuine interest in what was being said, has been a source of comfort for many.
She appreciated simple pleasures in life, including nourishing food, healthy exercise, challenging and creative games, and wholesome, well-crafted literature and films. Also, Marion took pleasure in cultivating a number of beautiful houseplants and gardens.
She was an accomplished musician and music lover, who passed the gift of music to family, friends, and students through her piano teaching and through her performance of piano and organ music and she often sang along with her keyboard performances.
At different periods, Marion was a member of Christ (Episcopal) Church, and the Seventh Day Adventist Church, both in Fitchburg. She served as pianist, and then organist, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and she dedicated many hours of preparation for her role as organist at the Christian Science Church/Society, also in Fitchburg.
Marion's work as a caring and skilled nurse included positions at Burbank Hospital and Hillcrest Nursing Home in Fitchburg, New England Sanitarium in Stoneham, Loma Linda University Hospital in Loma Linda, and at several private-duty settings in the Loma Linda area.
She also taught nursing at the Burbank Hospital School of Nursing, worked as a governess while living in Hartford, and was employed in the Herbert Lipton mental health system in Leominster and Fitchburg.
Marion is survived by her sisters, Mary E. Gates of Fitchburg, Caroline Jo Dorr of Brookline, MA and Dorothy E. Booth of Brighton, MI; her nieces Jennie Coe, Carla Soder, Bonnie Dorr and Sandy Dorr; her nephews, Peter Johnson, Kevin Booth, James Johnson, David Booth, Steven Booth, Steven Gates, and Joshua Gates; her grandnieces, Margaret, Carissa, Allyson, Veronica, Gillian, Marlena, Emily and Camilla; and grandnephews, Benjamin, Timothy, Joseph, Edward, Matthew, Ryan, Griffin, Mitchell, Nathaniel and Jothan. She is also survived by brother-in-laws, Carl F. Nimtz, Arthur Bianchini II, and Wallace N. Gates.
She was predeceased by her sister, Ernestine, and her nephew Jeffrey in 1990 and by her sister Ellen in 1998.
At Marion's request, a memorial gathering for her family will be held privately at a later time.
An online memorial site and guestbook for Marion may be visited through www.aubuchon-moorcroftfuneralhome.com.