Marion Strauss


Marion (Johnson) Strauss of Oak Bluffs died peacefully on Wednesday, May 7, at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She was 90.

Marion’s husband, Paul, to whom she was married for over 60 years, predeceased her in 2013.

Marion was born September 2, 1923, in Waltham to Elmer and Elizabeth Johnson. She graduated from Waltham High School in 1941, the Massachusetts School of Art in 1945, and she was an art teacher at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut. Marion and Paul raised their three sons in Redding and Southern California.

Marion began coming to the Vineyard over 60 years ago. She and Paul bought a home in East Chop in 1982 and moved here full-time in 1992. For many years Marion helped organize the All Island Art Show. She was a talented artist and won many awards over the years in a variety of mediums.

Marion loved the Vineyard, thoroughly enjoyed the creative process of her artwork, and was a loving mother, grandmother, and wife. Her smile and laughter will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her son Eric and his wife, Debbie, and their children, Erica and Steven; her son Robert, and her son Russell, his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Rory. She is also survived by her sister, Phyllis, and brother, Stanley.

The family will hold a private service.