Swan’s Island – Marion Frances (Turner) Stinson, 88, went to heaven at the Maine Veterans Home of Bangor on Sunday, March 13, 2022 with two of her grandchildren by her side. Marion was born in Stonington on March 18, 1933, daughter of Annie Evelyn (Banks Lawry) and Austin Turner.
Having grown up during The Great Depression, Marion learned early to work hard for what she needed. She held many jobs during her lifetime, but her favorites were the family take-out and teaching nursery school. She was also proud to receive her GED in her 60’s; not having had the opportunity to attend high school growing up.
Marion loved children, animals, walking on the beach to collect sea glass, yard sales and free finds, but her great gift was playing the piano, which she began when she was 4. She couldn’t read music, but played her whole life: for dances, events, and after she became a Christian, as church pianist for over 40 years. She had a unique style of playing that brought music to life.
As someone said – she was one of a kind.
Marion was predeceased by her parents, Annie and Austin; her child, Francis Kay; brother David Lawry; and her two husbands, William Turner and Arthur Stinson. Surviving are her children, Kim Colbeth, Gary Turner and wife Cindy, all of Swan’s Island, and Isaac Stinson and wife Siobhan of Swan’s Island and Bass Harbor; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, April 2, 2022 at Grindle Hill Cemetery, Swan’s Island. The family asks those who wish, to bring a white rock or seaglass from the beach to place at the end of the service in honor of Marion. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.