Marion E. Blackwell

July 19, 1922 - January 25, 2015

Service Date: February 1, 2015

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson St., in Sanford.

Marion Evelyn Blackwell, 92, died peacefully with her family by her side, on January 25, 2015 at the Newton Rehabilitation Center in Sanford.

Marion was born on July 19, 1922 in Auburn, to John L. and Edith (Keith) Crockett.  She attended North Yarmouth Academy and graduated as Valedictorian in 1940.  She married Kenneth E. Blackwell on March 7, 1943.  Marion was employed as a Secretary at various times for the U.S. Army, U.S. Veteran’s Administration, and Aerofab Corporation in Sanford.  She was also a founding member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, where she played cello.  After retirement, Marion continued her love of music, performing as principal cellist for the Community Orchestra of the Portland Symphony and later forming her own string quartet.

Marion was an active member of St. George’s Church in Sanford, where she served on the Vestry, often as Senior Warden, sang in the choir, and was a member of St. Mary’s Guild.

She is survived by her three children, Jonathan Blackwell of Shapleigh, Juliana (Blackwell) Ackley of Buxton, and Joseph Blackwell of Fredericksburg, VA; three grandchildren, Kevin and Jack Ackley of Buxton, and Marion (Blackwell) Holmes of Linwood, MA; and two great-grandchildren, Arya and Kenneth Holmes, also of Linwood, MA.

Marion was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Blackwell and by her son-in-law, Doug Ackley.

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson Street in Sanford with the Rev. Canon Susan Murphy, officiating. Committal prayers and burial will be later in the spring at Brooklawn Cemetery in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street, Alfred is respectfully handling arrangements.


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