Marion was born on June 26, 1923, at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital to the late Carlton P. and Ann Lair of Vineyard Haven. She died on March 3 in Naples, Fla., after living a very full life. Marion was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Walter C. Woods, Sr.
Marion graduated from the Tisbury High School and then went on to Beauty School for hair dressing in Boston. Upon completion of Beauty School she went on to work for Elizabeth Rogers in Vineyard Haven.
Marion and Walter were married in 1948 and together owned and operated the Mansion House, the Motor Inn, The Vineyard Villa, and Woods Causeway Apartments. Upon their retirement in 1977, they moved to Naples, Fla., although they often made their way back up the coast to spend the summers on the Vineyard, with their numerous friends and ever growing and extending family.
Her last visit to the Island was last June, with her ever-faithful walking companion, a Boston Terrier named Kappy. She spent two months here on the Vineyard after having the memorial service for Walter. She spent her summer days going to lunch and/or dinner with friends, going for walks with Kappy, and waiting for great-grandchildren to pop in for a visit. She was also able to be a part of the Baptism of her three great-grandchildren. She was so proud.
A favorite pastime of Marion's was sewing. Before she lost most of her vision to Macular Degeneration, she was an avid seamstress. She loved to make a new dress or a new skirt for herself as well as a matching tie for Walter. They always went out on the town matching. Marion also enjoyed crocheting and knitting Afghans and throws. Marion also loved watching videos of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren skating. She was so proud.
She is survived by her son Walter C. Woods Jr. and his wife Linda, and a son Eric C. Woods and his companion Patty; and her three grandchildren, Julie A. (Woods) Meader and her husband Jared, Carlton L. Woods, and Diana L. Woods. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Hailey Lynne, Hunter Clayton, and Savannah Ann Meader, and last but not least, she is survived and missed dearly by her dog, Kappy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to: The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, the Macula Vision Research Foundation: Five Tower Bridge, 300 Barr Harbor Dr. Suite 600 West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2984 or visit mvrf.org/donate. Also to Island Ice Skating School, run by her granddaughters Julie and Diana, at P.O. Box 1541, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.