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My Loving Mother

December 20, 2011

Marion Sweet Wilson, 63, passed away peacefully at her Corinth home on Dec. 20, 2011.  She was born July 9, 1948 to Eugene and Marie (Rowe) Sweet, hardy New England farmers from whom she learned the value of hard work, frugality, and ingenuity.  A no-nonsense kind of gal, Marion had a quick wit and fantastic sense of humor, which complemented nicely her zeal for living. 

Marion and her husband Robert were both 1966 graduates of the East Corinth Academy, where Marion (her class Valedictorian) secretly helped Robert out with his English homework—showing early signs of the great partnership that the couple would develop in the decades to follow.  Marion and Robert were wed Sept. 15, 1967 and she later marched with the Class of 1969 at the University of Maine at Orono, earning a B.A. in History, with a certificate to teach. 

Marion was but one half of a very solid team.  She kept a neat house, made sure that dinner was nutritious and delicious, and raised her three kids all while learning everything there was to know about carpentry and general contracting, right alongside Robert.  She rivaled any of the job foremen with whom her husband had worked over the years, and bested more than one.  She long considered their Corinth home, which she designed and he built, to be their greatest accomplishment together. 

A stay-at-home mom and a voracious reader, Marion was a first-rate volunteer for all of the kids’ school events and field trips.  She encouraged all their friends who spent time in her house to set lofty goals and to strive for them earnestly.  To any reasonable idea she would never have said ‘no’ but rather ‘why not’; she believed in empowering people.  Marion had a strong sense of family, and did not limit her conception of it to just the people related to her.  If you found yourself lucky enough to be invited to join her at the family table, you knew you were loved. 

Marion had numerous health issues, though her ailments never kept her from smiling or sharing her gracious and contagious laughter with others.  She was an excellent patient, and self-advocated with much grace.  In fact, she often watched her own surgeries on the screens with the doctors, like one might watch a program on the Discovery Channel.  No one knew how she managed to pull through it all and still keep a positive outlook on life.  She was the very face of bravery in times of personal adversity, even in her final illness. 

In a letter to her family, Marion encapsulated her philosophy for life and love:  “Don’t be angry with me if I am not there in person, alive and well, when you need me.  I would like nothing more.  When you feel sick at heart and weary of life, or when you stumble and fall and don’t know if you can get up again, think of me.  I will be watching and smiling and cheering you on.  Love, Mom”.  Marion was a terrific cheerleader, and will be missed by all. 

Marion leaves behind her beloved husband, Robert, and her three children and their families:  Todd and Tena Wilson; James Wilson and Gregory Humphrey; and Melissa and Kermit Tate.   She is also survived by her mother and stepfather, Marie and Sherwood Megquier; mother-in-law, Avis Wilson; one sister; three brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law; three-step grandchildren and two-step great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special cousins, Betsy and Bryan Parsons, Cindy Trask.  Marion was predeceased by her father, Eugene, and father-in-law, Lafayette. 

At her request, a private family service will be held in her honor.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Marion’s memory may be made for a new display at the Corinth Historical Society, P.O. Box 541, Corinth, Maine 04427. 

Thank you, Marion, for being such a loving and loyal partner in life, a compassionate and patient mother, and a caring and thoughtful daughter. 

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Mindy permalink
    December 20, 2011 5:44 pm

    Dear James,

    Your loving words are testament tothe impact your mother had on you and all who were fortunate to have known her.

    I feel honored that you have shared her memory with me.

    My thoughts are with you and your family…
    Mindy

  2. December 20, 2011 6:08 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss James. You have my deepest sympathy.

  3. Sandra permalink
    December 20, 2011 6:31 pm

    Well said James. I have many, many memories of the Wilson home during our growing years! Marion was always there and always very tolerant of our antics. Please give your dad an extra squeeze from me!

  4. Michelle A. permalink
    December 20, 2011 7:12 pm

    What a lovely tribute for an amazing mom. Much love to you and your family in this difficult time.

  5. Helena Clarke-Froidevaux permalink
    December 20, 2011 7:13 pm

    A magnificent tribute to your mother, James, who has departed so young. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Nous t’embrassons bien fort. Héléna et Pascal Froidevaux, Lorient, France

  6. Laurie Campbell McKinnis permalink
    December 20, 2011 8:07 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss James!! I can just imagine how very proud she was of the wonderful man that you are. I’m glad you got to be there til the end to help out and be there for your dad as well. All your precious memories will help you greatly in the coming days. Please pass on my condolences to you brother, sister and Dad. God bless you all.

  7. Paulette permalink
    December 21, 2011 4:11 am

    James, I have been thinking all day of you and Gregory and your family. I am grateful that I was able to meet your mother during one of her visits at your Madison home. Her intelligence and humor shined in her conversation. I ache for you, your father, and your brother and sister.

  8. Lourdes Camacho permalink
    December 21, 2011 12:11 pm

    James, my dear dear friend. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful angel. I am so glad you were able to be with her and your dad. Although I never had the pleasure to meet her, I knew she was one amazing woman because she raised an incredibly loving and giving man that I have called my friend for over 15 years.

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May your Mom rest in peace. God bless you.

  9. Jan Bryan, Corinth, Maine permalink
    December 21, 2011 3:59 pm

    I did not have the privilege of knowing your mother, but she sounds like she was a wonderful person. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Jan

  10. Manzoor Alam permalink
    December 21, 2011 9:08 pm

    James, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    May her soul be rest in peace and may you have courage to bear this loss.

    God bless you.

    Manzoor

  11. wanda grant-poulin permalink
    December 22, 2011 2:40 am

    james,melissa, and todd our deepest sympathy to you all and your family. James what a very inspiring ,powerful tribute to your mom. She has raised 3 very briliant and wonderful children. She was always seen around town with a smile on even in the times of her various illnesses. She will be sadly missed here in Corinth and i pray for you and your family and send our thoughts your way.

  12. December 22, 2011 3:52 am

    Dear James,

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. In reading your letter, it’s obvious that you had a mother who showered those around her with unconditional love. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I’ve witnessed your loving gift in the classroom. Know that daily you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to seeing you again in January.

    Love and Blessings,

    Mary

  13. December 24, 2011 5:08 am

    No Mom could ask for more than what you have done over the past weeks. Complete care and deep love was what your Mom needed, and you can always walk for the rest of your days knowing your provided everything that was needed, and did all that was required. You Mom was in pain, but I know she also had a smile on her heart the day you walked into that house on Nov.17th. That smile was the greatest gift to have given.

  14. Bette Larlee permalink
    December 24, 2011 5:41 pm

    Dear James, Robert, Todd, & Melissa,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I just talked to Wendy and she told me of all that has been happening. I wish there was a way to ease the pain of loosing such a loved one but only time and the knowledge she is no longer in pain will heal all those that loved her. I’m sure she would have been so proud of your tribute.
    RIP Marion. Your time here was well done. We have all been enriched by knowing you. It’s now time to make the angels laugh and debate.
    My deepest sympathy. Just remember how blessed you are to have had her in your lives.

    Bette Springer Larlee

  15. Bonnie Woolley permalink
    January 22, 2012 11:50 pm

    James, I’m sorry to hear of your loss. That one memorable time I spent with you and her – the drive from Middlebury to Bangor – the thing that struck me the most was her incredible pride in and love for *you*. You were fortunate to have her, indeed.

    Warm thoughts to you.

  16. Kate MacCrimmon permalink
    January 27, 2012 1:56 pm

    Dear James and family,

    My heart goes out to you and your family and friends. I feel the intensity of the love you have for her and the closeness you shared and how difficult it is to have that change. I love the tribute you wrote for her also. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing her personally but I know she shines through you James, in the caring and loving way you live your life. I am grateful to her for raising a son who is compassionate, respectful, and who has a sharp wit and sense of humor.

    Much love to you James,

    Kate

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