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Marie Condon

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Marie Powers Condon Marie Powers Condon, 83, of Bradenton, Fla., a native of North Bennington, Vt., died on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Tidewell Hospice House in Bradenton, attended by her family. A 1949 graduate of the University of Vermont, she and her husband, Bob, operated the New Englander Motor Inn in Bennington, Vt., for 23 years. During that time, she helped start the Sunrise Day Care Center in Bennington and she served on the board of 204 Depot, a program for court-adjudicated juvenile boys in Bennington. She was a member of the Vermont State Board of Education for five years and, following that, served as an elected representative in the Vermont State Legislature, 1980-1986. Former Vermont Gov. Madeline Kunin, in a letter to Marie in 1986, praised her "ability to combine good cheer with good policy." Kunin noted Marie's work in the field of education, particularly her support for kindergarten and for increased state aid to education. "Your own warmth and optimistic attitude, even in the face of sometimes very thorny problems, have not only helped you to achieve success, but has also inspired those around you," Kunin wrote. Marie and Bob were married on June 21, 1949, in Burlington, Vt. In 1992, they retired to Florida and found joy in the beauty of the birds and wildflowers of the state. They were tireless travelers, often driving to distant destinations in all the states of the Continental U.S., Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Central America. She is survived by her husband, Robert B. Condon of Westminster Courtyard in Bradenton; and their two children, Kate (and Ken) Hamilton of Ruskin, Fla., and Robert P. (and Sandy) Condon of Queensbury, N.Y.; a brother, Lawrence (and Bernice) Powers of North Bennington, Vt.; a grandson, Jay (and Sara) Condon of Queensbury, N.Y.; a great-granddaughter, Makenna Kate Condon of Queensbury, N.Y.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Marion Powers, of North Bennington, Vt.; and a brother, Richard Powers, of Florida. A summer burial in Bennington, Vt., is planned. There will be two memorial services in Florida, one at the Sarasota Friends Meeting House and the other at Westminster Community in Bradenton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends Committee on National Legislation, 245 Second St. NE, Washington, D.C., 20002.

Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 23, 2011
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