March 28, 1919 - September 27, 2013

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CRESWELL, MARION RADFORD SIMMONS, 94, of Salem, Ore., passed away peacefully September 27, with family at her side. Marion was born March 28, 1919, in Georgetown, N.Y., the daughter of Dwight and Alice Simmons. She graduated from The Cortland Normal School in 1940 and began a career as an elementary school teacher. She went on to teach school in Stanfordville, N.Y., Port Byron, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Penn. She was a longtime resident of Stanfordville, N.Y., where she married the love of her life, Wilbur Nevling Creswell, in 1943. They spent 32 years together raising a family on their beautiful family farm, before Wilbur’s passing in 1975. She also resided in Bangall, N.Y., and Cooperstown, N.Y. In later life, Marion was a resident of Westview Meadows in Montpelier, before her final residence at Harmony House in Salem, Ore. Marion was very interested in local and family history and was the author of the history of the Attlebury School in Attlebury, N.Y. She was also a member of the Stanfordville Historical Society, Stanfordville United Church of Christ and the Stanfordville Garden Club. Another of her passions was antiques, and she owned and operated Wagon House Antiques in Stanfordville, N.Y., and Bangall, N.Y. She loved meeting and greeting people there and spent many happy hours at auctions and sales, looking for treasures. Marion was an accomplished violinist and piano player. She was a member of the Dutchess County Philharmonic, and a special thrill was playing with them at Carnegie Hall in 1953. She played her violin into her 90s and in later life was a member of the Montpelier Community Orchestra. She inspired her children and grandchildren to love and appreciate music. Her family plays trumpet, French horn, flute, violin, cello, guitar and drums. Her greatest joy in life was her family. She was a loving and devoted mother to six children. She is survived by Nancy Creswell and John Ostrum, of Montpelier, Karen Creswell and Shelly Lecher, of Salem, Ore., Jeff and Pat Creswell, of Dover Plains, N.Y., Jane Creswell and Bruce Jaffe, of Boston, Lynne and Joe Hilko, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Jill Creswell, of Montpelier. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also important in her life were her special caregivers, Nancy Clay, of Plainfield, and Michelle Nixon and her staff of angels at Harmony House in Salem, Ore.

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