Marion Pratt Nolan

November 6, 1931January 7, 2021

Marion Pratt Nolan, age 89, of Montgomery, AL passed away on January 7th, 2020. The daughter of the late Colonel James G. Pratt and Rosalie Kulmus Pratt. Marion is preceded by her sister Elizabeth Schoenecker. She is also preceded by her husband Dr. Thomas Campbell Nolan (Buddy) of Troy, Alabama. She is survived by her three children: Reuben Earl Thornton III and daughter-in-law Jackie Taylor Thornton of Lake Martin, AL; James Pratt Thornton of Montgomery, AL; Christine Thornton Taylor and son-in-law Sean Cullen Taylor of Atlanta, GA. Marion has five adoring grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Marion lived in Montgomery all of her adult life and was active at First United Methodist Church. She was a public servant through her work with the Alabama State Senate. She enjoyed sewing for her grandchildren and playing bridge with friends. Family and friends will miss her humor and positive personality.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the family will celebrate her life privately.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 2416 West Cloverdale Park, Montgomery, AL 36106, or a charity of your choice.

The following was written by Marion’s eldest grandson Kirby Pratt Thornton, age 32.

Positivity. This woman embodies what it is to stay positive. She was always brimming with excitement and warm, just like coffee she always had in her hands. She loved living, and sharing special moments. She had ups and downs but always found the reason to smile. Every situation had its own joyous noise or tone of voice so you always knew exactly how she felt. Her residence has been a refuge for the family for so long. If you had a hard day, a tough circumstance, or a difficult decision then there was no better place to come than Marion’s house.

One of the long running jokes in our family is how bad her cooking is. I called her cookies diamond cakes because they were so hard, and she always managed to pop the yolk in fried eggs (she called them ship wrecked eggs as if she meant to do it.) The only thing she COULD cook was poppy seed chicken, so we ate it ALOT! Regardless, she was always ready with an orange slice, some popcorn, or a bowl of Moose Tracks ice cream.

And so, we would come. When life got us down, we would come. When we had wonderful news, we come. When we just needed an ear, we would come.

There was never a better a listener, someone to comfort and rejoice with, and to relive life’s special moments.

And relive moments she would, she loved to tell our family’s favorite story’s again and again. If she was telling a story we had heard we would place two fingers on our cheek to signal we had heard this one. My father was fond of putting up three, then four, then coving his face with his hands if it was one she told a lot and we would all laugh.

She absolutely loved America and the American military. She was a patriot to her core and believed in the United States founding values. She believed the history of America is a success story about continuing to improve on the Declaration of Independence and Constitutions promises for those founding ideals. She was very diligent in the defense of our freedoms because she saw how much they cost first hand. Her father joined the Air Force when it first started, transitioning from the Army Cavalry. He was in the Air Force for the duration of WWII. As a young teenager at home during the war she bought War Bonds whenever she had the money, and she tended a victory garden to support the fight against the Nazis. The American way of life was so precious to her, because she knew it wasn’t a sure thing, and she always did all she could to preserve it for future generations.

Love unconditionally, cherish every moment, believe in America, and always keep a positive attitude. These lessons I’ve learned from her, and I know my family has too.

We miss you Marion, and I can’t wait to join you in praising our Father in heaven.


  • Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 2416 West Cloverdale Park, Montgomery, AL 36106, or a charity of your choice.


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Linda Tarver

January 19, 2021

I knew Marion from being a member of the Montgomery Bridge Club. I remember when I first got there- brand néw to bridge and not knowing anyone. Marion was one of the first people to reach out to me. She would call me often and say “lets get up a game”. She made me feel welcome and loved. She was always smiling and positive. We have missed her as part of our bridge family. She was one of those people that when you met her you would never forget her. What a beautiful person inside and out. I have missed her terribly.
Linda Tarver

Millie Rocheleau

January 10, 2021

I had known Marion for several years but had the best times of all with her at bridge-both at the club and in our homes. There were 4 of us who started trying to be better bridge players with Betty Van Paterson's help. We became known as the 4 M's-Marion, myself, Mindy Mantle, and Merrily Seawell. We played in each other's homes and paid Betty Van to help us many times. Those were some of the most fun times we ever had together. We even played at our house at the lake and had lunch at Springhouse and they all got to meet the chef-Rob McDaniel. I will treasure those times and sweet memories of Marion and her beautiful contagious smile!!!

Linda Christy

January 10, 2021

Marion was one of the sweetest, dearest people I have ever known. A beautiful southern lady! I worked with her for many years at the Alabama Senate and shared many wonderful memories with and of her. Even through some very hard times and sad times, she never ceased to amaze me with her strength and positive outlook. She was a blessing to all who knew her, and I will always cherish the memories and her friendship. My prayers for her family!

Debra Freisleben

January 10, 2021

When I returned to bridge in 2015, Marion was the first person I was partnered with. We played regularly after that until she was no longer able to play. She was a sweet, kind woman and I am so happy that she was in my life.


January 9, 2021

I met Marion at the bridge club in Montgomery. She was the sweetest and most gentle person. She made the bridge game delightful. Being with her was delightful.