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Anna Marjorie Sprague

1918 - 2016 Anna Marjorie (nee Ausen) Sprague, 98, passed away Sept. 1, 2016. Marjorie was born in Eau Claire, Wisc., in 1918. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard Sprague; and sister of the late Doris Marie Garry. Marjorie is survived by her son, Charles (Rosanna) of Cleveland; and granddaughter, Sarah Katan (Christopher) of Claverack, N.Y. She had an adventurous and independent spirit, which aimed her initially towards work at the Mayo Clinic, eventually attending Antioch College in Ohio and Bank Street Teachers College in New York. These experiences became the foundation for a long, distinguished kindergarten teaching career in Brattleboro, Vt., at both Green Street and Academy School, using music as the language to connect with her youngsters. She was a mentor to many and always led by good example. Music was Marjorie's avocation. At any given time, she could be heard throughout Breckenridge Village playing old songs, hymns, show tunes or sometimes surprising a friend with Happy Birthday. Recently, she performed an impromptu 45 minute concert, delighting her fellow nursing home residentsno music, no books, just from recall. Because Marjorie could be counted on to stand up to injustice and speak out with creative ideas for change, she was often selected to leadership positions at both Centre Church in Brattleboro and statewide groups as well. Her committee work took her all over Vermont with Richard driving, his New York Times always close by. Marjorie's family, faith and longtime friends filled her life. We should all be so lucky! SERVICES: A memorial service will be held Nov. 12, 2016, at Centre Church in Brattleboro, Vt. Contributions in celebration of Marjorie's life can be made to Centre Church. Arrangements are entrusted to McMahon-Coyne- Vitantonio Funeral Homes in Willoughby and Mentor. To leave condolences for the family or light a memorial candle, visit www.MCVfuneralhomes.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 10, 2016
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