• Marjorie B. Gilligan
    February 02,2013

    Marjorie B. Gilligan

    Marjorie B. Gilligan

    MORETOWN — Marjorie Brown Cheney Gilligan died on Jan. 30, 2013, following 92 years of an interesting and active life.

    Marjorie was born in Pomfret, Conn., on June 1, 1920, the daughter of Chester and Bertha (Nichols) Brown. The family spent winters in Pomfret but traveled each summer to Campton, N.H. Following graduation from high school, Marjorie earned her teaching degree from Plymouth State Teachers College in Plymouth, N.H.

    Marjorie was employed for a time at the Concord New Hampshire State School for mentally challenged children.

    Marjorie married Bert L. Cheney in 1943, and they resided in Campton, N.H. Bert died in 1952. Marjorie taught kindergarten at the elementary school in Lincoln, N.H. Marjorie moved to Vermont in 1955 and taught 3rd Grade at the Union Elementary School in Montpelier. She married Joseph Gilligan in 1957. He died in 1969. She also worked in housekeeping at the Montpelier Tavern Motor Inn. Marjorie then began a long career working for the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office and was the Corporations Clerk, working out of various locations in the Montpelier area until her retirement in 1985.

    Marjorie was a long-time member of the Montpelier Senior Citizens Center. She enjoyed painting in both oil and watercolor. She was an avid gardener, tending both flower and vegetable gardens. In her middle-age years, she bought a bright green motor scooter, took and passed the motorcycle road test, and could be seen going back and forth from home to downtown Montpelier on her scooter. She enjoyed reading and watching her favorite TV show, The Young and the Restless. She was an animal lover and always had either dogs or cats in her care.

    She enjoyed her retirement and continued to live at home until an injury in 2011 required her to move into an extended care facility.

    Marjorie is survived by a son, Thomas Cheney, and a daughter-in-law, Elaine Cheney of Moretown; three grandchildren, Angela Allen and husband, Shawn of Northfield; Sherri Campbell and husband, Scott of Barre Town; and Shawn Cheney and wife, Tanya of Moretown; along with four great-grandchildren.

    At Marjorie’s request, there are no services scheduled.

    Arrangements are being handled by the Guare and Sons Funeral Home of Montpelier.

    Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

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