Branford, Conn., formerly of WEST TREMONT
Marilyn Saunders Voorhies, aged 92, passed away peacefully at home on April 19. Born April 4, 1928, in Westfield, N.J., Marilyn lived near family in Branford, Conn., for the past two years. The previous 28 years, she and her husband of 64 years, Bill, lived in West Tremont. Before Maine, they made a home in New Jersey, where they raised their three children. Predeceasing her were her beloved Bill and sisters Janet Keefer, of Aruba, and Frances Genova, of New Jersey.
Marilyn is survived by her three children, Veronica Voorhies of Branford, Conn., Janet Voorhies of Talent, Ore., and Bill Voorhies of Berkeley Heights, N.J. Marilyn had six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who were all her “beautiful people.”
Marilyn received a degree in music (in French horn) and English from Douglas College, now Rutgers.
While living in Berkeley Heights, N.J., Marilyn served on the rescue squad for 20 years. She worked as a special education assistant teacher and later went back to school and worked in medical records at a hospital in Orange, N.J., where she eventually became director of her department.
With her wonderful red hair and the nickname “Redso,” given to her by her beloved Bill, Marilyn had a great sense of adventure. She and Bill rode motorcycles, both to tool around locally and for making long cross-country trips. In her 50s, she started stock car racing and also learned to swim so she could complete a mini-triathlon. She learned to pilot a small plane along with Bill and they loved flying above the beautiful sights around New England. She also served as “pit crew” for her son Bill when he was motocross racing.
She loved music, singing in the Masterworks Choir that performed at Lincoln Center and later in the choir at St. Saviour’s Church in Bar Harbor. She also served on the vestry at that church for many years.
Marilyn always wanted to do her part to make the world a better place and championed many causes for the environment and social justice. Her friends on Facebook will remember her many posts to that effect.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who encouraged all the family to be themselves. Her great love of family and home are treasured memories with innumerable visitors to Duck Cove in West Tremont. Her famous popovers served out on the deck, canoeing and kayaking in the cove and hikes in Wonderland, Beehive and other enchanting trails were all part of the magic of being in her home.
The family is forever grateful that, in this time of pandemic, she was able to be home with the loving hospice care of her son, Bill. She had beautiful FaceTime visits with family and was at peace.
A celebration of her life will be held in safer times, and her ashes interred at a family plot in Mystic, Conn. Be at peace for a life well lived. Her memory will serve as a blessing to us all.