Marion E. Hawkins

February 20, 1928November 16, 2012

Marion Hawkins flew to spirit world on Friday November 16, 2012. She lived a long life to the fullest, was loved by many, and was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on February 20, 1928. Her parents were Dorothy and General George E. R. Smith, who served in World War II and enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian army. After graduating Carleton College in Ottawa with a degree in journalism, Marion hosted her own radio talk show called "Fact and Fancy" in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she was well known for her witty and inspirational stories. Friends who knew her in those early years describe her as a sparkling personality who embraced each day to the fullest. This love of life was a thread that wove a beautiful tapestry of a life truly lived.

In 1952 she married Russell A. Hawkins, an American photographer with the U. S. Navy. They moved to the United States where her son Cole and daughter Julie were born. Marion continued her work as a reporter with the Quincy Patriot Ledger for several years until she found yet another creative outlet as a costume designer for a number of theaters, including Baxter Costumes, Turtle Lane Playhouse, Quincy Dinner Theater, Curtain Call Theater, Hingham Civic Music Theater, and Show Stoppers, all in the greater Boston area. For more than thirty years she designed thousands of costumes for more than 500 shows. She was also the president of Hingham Civic Music Theater for many years. Yet another career success found Marion sharing her cooking talents as a chef at St. Paul's Church in Hingham and The Bellarmine House in Cohasset. Over the years, she satisfied many a palate with her exotic flavorings for foods. In fact, someone once commented that Marion was seen flavoring the stew on the stove while sewing a belly dancer's costume on the side. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was forever finding the bright side of life.

Her talents were many, almost as many as her friends - a vast array of dear friends from all walks of life who remained close to her for many years. Marion's love of life and friends also included a great love of animals, including an assortment of dogs and cats and her chinchilla, nicknamed "Peach". She thoroughly enjoyed the years she volunteered at the Scituate Animal Shelter.

Marion is survived by husband Russell, who lives on Cape Cod, daughter Julie and son Cole and his wife Claudette and three grandchildren, Colby, Ashley, and Wesley; her brother Victor Smith, his wife Val and daughter Tani. Other close family members include Johnny Parent, Eric Cunningham, Bobby Parent, Adam Parent, and Monique Parent.

Marion lived a life filled with many devoted friends, family, and loved ones. She will forever live on as one remembered with brightness.

A celebration of her life will take place at The River Club on Border Street, in Scituate on Sunday, November 25, at 1 pm.

Please bring any stories and/or photos to share, and if you would like to feed the animals as she fed so many with her fabulous cooking and generous spirit, please bring a donation of pet food. The Scituate Animal Shelter wish list includes Friskies, Fancy Feast, and Small Biltes. Whatever you choose to give will be much appreciated by the adorable "residents" of the shelter. Surely Marion will be smiling on angels wings knowing she was able to feed the animals.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Doris Seroll

November 24, 2012

My condolences to Marion's family members and friends; she truly loved you all. Marion was a wonderful woman with a kind heart, keen sense of humor, and an honest, direct, matter of fact nature that I and so many others grew to appreciate. I miss her so much already and will never forget that fabulous smile and winning laugh. I know she will be welcomed into Heaven. I can just see her sewing and pinning on wings, as well as cooking for and feeding both the angel humans and pets. Rest in peace dear friend!

Debbie Morse Litz

November 24, 2012

Hearing the news of your Mom passing, I wanted to share a few things about her that truly made a big impact on me as a teen.
Cole and I were good friends and she would invite me up to hang out.I lived down on Rt.139,and she would always insist on sleeping over since it was a long ride home.On those evenings she would have fabulous stories and really good advice for me.I remember her love for everything around her.I stopped in years later, and she was so busy running to a play that I missed another meet-up.She had a terrific loving and sensitive spirit and that made a big difference in my life.She gve me very good advice on life and relationships.It was so hard not having my dad a strong influence in my life and she kn ew that loss,and she stepped up to fill that empty void.Teaching me how to cook was a fond memory I have.ALso, the big home and her big heart having me part of her family was a blessing I will always remember about her.Julie you were so cool as a small gir.We hung out and did great things together.I remember moving to Florida and coming to Marshfield to see you one last time.You may not remember but we had lots of visits and good times.Cole you were a good friend and I was so lucky to have been taken into your heart and family.Just being a friend with all three of you was a strong bond and I will always want to thank Marion for her sweet loving light she put out there for me.I thank you all and hope you have a softened light loss.She was a spirit that came too close to the ground for 84 years and left a remarkable path.May you all on Sunday feel her light,love and touch.

Ray Byrne

November 24, 2012

Loved Marion, dearly. She dressed me well for many shows, but none better than her "fantabulous" design for me as Captain Hook. I loved her dry witty humor and truly no-holds-barred forthrightness. We've lost a great spirit, a great lady and a great friend! Now, Marion, do you think the angels need a redesign...maybe a few more sequins or colored feathers...?
Love you, Ray

November 20, 2012

So many fond memories of Marion...I had the pleasure of working with her at Curtain Call Theatre and Quincy Dinner Theatre. What a gal! So much fun...she will be missed by many. I will be out of town on Sunday and sorry I will not be able to celebrate her life with her many friends and family. My condolences to all who loved Marion.
Rosie Bonani

November 20, 2012

R.I.P. Many wonderful memories with HCMT Love Gayle Palma

Kathy Gomez

November 20, 2012

Marion was one of my closest dearest friends I will miss her more than words can ever say. Marion is the reason I love cooking I had the honor of cooking with her at Bellermine house for many years. She always had a smile and a story for who ever came into the kitchen when we where cooking. If it was one of the priests birthdays she made it very special. I will miss your phone calls your advice and most of all your love. My prayers are with her family whom she loved dearly. Sorry I can not be there but your mom will always be in my heart.

The Staff of Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

November 20, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.