GREENSBORO – Marion Babbie of Greensboro passed away on September 24. She was born Marion Evelyn Towle on May 6, 1920, in Westford, but most of her early years were spent in Stowe. Later she lived in Connecticut, Hawaii and California before finally settling in Greensboro. Most recently she was a resident at the Craftsbury Community Care Center in East Craftsbury.
While working much of her life, Marion also found time to be active in a variety of community groups including the Grange, Eastern Star, and the Greensboro Historical Society, to name only a few. She was also an active member of the Greensboro United Church of Christ in Greensboro. On her hundredth birthday, which happened during the COVID epidemic, the entire town of Greensboro turned out to celebrate her in a drive-by parade of vehicles including the fire engine.
Never one to sit still for long, even in her 90s, she was always busy painting, sewing, knitting mittens for children, reading to school children, docenting at the historical society, walking, and exercising with the “Strong Bones” group. Even though Marion referred to herself often as an “ordinary person”, friends and family knew her as someone who loved her family, cared about her community, never stopped living life, and who laughed and made others laugh every day. She was an extraordinary, ordinary person.
She leaves her son Earl; daughter-in-law Suzanne; grandson Aaron; granddaughter-in-law Ara; two great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Henry; cousin Nancy Hill, and her remarkable caregivers at the Craftsbury Community Care Center.