Marion Frances (Turner) Stinson

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 60s, 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 at noon, Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Grindle Hill Cemetery, Swan’s Island. The family asks those who wish to bring a white rock or sea glass from the beach to place at the end of the service in honor of Marion. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at

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