OBITUARY

Marion Hoyt Flanigan

December 13, 1926March 5, 2013

Marion Hoyt Flanigan, 86 of Swansea, beloved wife of Paul F. Flanigan, passed away on March 5 at Charlton Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. She was born in Stamford, CT., the daughter of Leroy Weed Hoyt of North Stamford and Marion Rowland Hoyt, originally of Beacon, NY. After the early death of her mother Marion she was lovingly cared for by her stepmother Margaret Budelman Hoyt. She had one brother, John Leroy Hoyt who died in Fall River in 2001.

Her survivors include her husband of 60 years, Paul, her 3 children Martha, Ruth and Thomas, their spouses Maurice Durette Jr., William Gucfa and Katherine Kickel, and 2 grandchildren, Lily Gucfa and Colin Flanigan.

Her secondary and college education were in West Hartford CT., where she attended Mt. St. Mary Academy and St. Joseph College (now university. At St. Joseph she was a member of the Shakespeare Theater group, Queen’s Company, and played several of Shakespeare’s major characters, notably Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale and Rosalind in As You Like It. Subsequently she followed her love of literature to Columbia University, where she earned her M.A. in 1950, writing her thesis on the comic spirit in John Donne. After her graduation from Columbia, she made many schoolchildren happy by teaching at the Lowe-Heywood School in Stamford CT. for 2 years, until her marriage in 1952.

From 1952-1961 she lived for relatively brief periods of time in West Hartford, CT, Boston and San Diego. In 1961 Swansea became her permanent home.

After her children were grown she returned to the workplace and served for 25 years as a staff reporter for the Fall River Herald News. She was a founding member of the local newspaper guild. She covered many front-page events at all hours of the day or night, most regretfully the Notre Dame Fire.

Her organizations included Our Lady of Fatima Women’s Guild, The Fall River Women’s Club and the Fortnightly Club, of which she was a recent President. Perhaps her favorite volunteer activity was lectoring at her parish church, Our Lady of Fatima (now St. Francis of Assisi). Her eloquent and meaningful readings of Scripture are still fondly remembered.

Marion had a gift for friendship and hospitality from which many people benefitted, especially her family. Her interests and enthusiasms were inexhaustible and her good nature boundless. She loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, gardening, cookouts, plain air sketching and travel. Both professionally and in private life she was a devoted champion of the arts, education, and preservation.

She was a fine poet. Her verse is collected in a volume entitled The Pale Cast of Thought, edited by her son Thomas. To her family, however, she was always above all an inexpressibly wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. In the words of her beloved Shakespeare, may “Flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest!”

Her funeral will take place on Fri. March 8, 2013 at 8AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT BIRCHCREST, 189 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea followed by a funeral mass at 9AM in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 530 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea. Burial will be private. Visiting hours Thursday 5-8PM.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 8, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Burial
REMEMBERING

Marion Hoyt Flanigan

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Shannon Donnelly

March 10, 2013

So sorry to hear of Marion's passing. I have many warm memories of my time at the Herald News, but Marion's presence at the desk next to me is my favorite. She was warm but dignified, and a beloved role model to all of her co-workers. She will be deeply missed.

Janet, Jerry, Evan and Katherine Huffman

March 10, 2013

Ruth, Martha, Tom, Mr Flanigan and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know what a beautiful life your parents shared and how much love your mom brought to your family. We hope that all the wonderful memories of your mom will be a comfort to you. She was such a special, welcoming person who respected everyone's thoughts and made us all feel valued--even as teenagers. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With our deepest sympathy and love,

Doug McKenna

March 9, 2013

My sincere condolences to Mr. Flanigan, Martha, Ruth, Tom, spouses, and children. Strange coincidence that I was just looking at the 1976 Chief on classmates.com and saw Tom's picture the night before I saw this. I have many great memories of the family and the fun we had in the neighborhood. One that stands out was hiking to "Mystery Falls" - part of Lewin Brook - with Tom and his parents and my brother, Matt. I agree with Joe - great picture of a wonderful woman with a beautiful smile. Wishing you all the best.

Eric Gardner

March 9, 2013

My condolences to the family of Marion Hoyt Flanigan. Although I never met Mrs. Flanigan, there is no doubt that I have seen the best of her character in son, Tom--a friend for close to twenty-three years--and the best of her intellect and sentiment in her poems, A Pale Cast of Thought. May good memories of her sustain all family and friends in the days to come.

March 9, 2013

Paul, Martha, Ruth, and Tommy.
So sorry for your loss. I will always be grateful to your Mom for the opportunities she extended to my sister Arleen and me to attend many art activities putting up with our many visits to your home. She has a special place in my heart. Love Barbara

Barbara Leonard

March 9, 2013

Paul, Martha, Ruth, and Tommy.
So sorry for your loss. I will always be grateful to your Wife and Mother for the opportunities she extended to my sister Arleen and me to attend many art activities putting up with our many visits to your home. She has a special place in my heart. Love Barbara

Joe McKenna

March 8, 2013

So sorry to hear the news. Lovely woman. And I love the picture you posted here... Hope all are doing well.

Joe McKenna

March 8, 2013

Dear Ruth and Family,
Our prayers and hopes are with you and your family. Give all your sorrows up to God. He is our strength and grace.
Liz Finnerty and family

Jim Rogers

March 8, 2013

Great memories of you, Marion, I have from your frequent visits to my North Main Street store. Your warm personality, humor and sincerity were admirable characterictics that I still cherish. You treated each of us as equal human beings, the same way that the Lord would. THank You for your friendship.
Jim Rogers
Fall RIver, MA

Cheryl Noll

March 7, 2013

I've had the good fortune to know Mrs. Flanigan ever since Ruth brought me home to meet her family when we were art students at RISD. I don't think I've ever met a gentler, more loving couple than Marion and Paul.
Marion was smart as a whip, and witty to boot, and always kind and attentive. Her house was full of plants and paintings and love. She was truly a good soul, so the angels must be singing. My heart goes out to those who knew her, especially to her wonderful family.