MARION M. CHAMPAGNE - SOUTH HERO - Marion M. Champagne, 85, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Marion was born on Sept. 27, 1928, in Grand Isle, the daughter of Arthur and Ellen (Burnham) Parker. She was a telephone operator with Bell Telephone when she met her future husband, William Andre Champagne. They married on Oct. 30, 1954. Together, they started Keeler's Bay Variety in South Hero and later, with their son, Bill, started A&B Beverage in Grand Isle. Marion was a very successful entrepreneur who retired at 78 years old. She was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Parish, where she was a very active member. She loved playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, dancing with Andre, knitting, boating, fishing, gardening, puzzles and puzzle books. She had a great faith in God and her loving nature will be carried on by her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Marion is survived by her daughters, Andrea M. Champagne of South Hero; and Teresa Abell and husband, Scott, of Colorado Springs, Colo., their children, Chris Abell, Matthew Abell, Danielle and husband, Billy Skeele, and Nicole and husband, Jon Kullander, and their sons, Christian and Riley; son, Bill Champagne Jr. and his partner, Noni Stuart, of Grand Isle, and Bill's daughters of late wife, JoAnne, Claudette Vaughan and her husband, Ross, and his children and grandchild, and Michelle Sendra and her husband, Kevin, their children, Auburn and Dresden; and daughter, Nancy Turner and husband, Tony, of Luray, Va., and their children, Ellyn Poquette, Anthony Turner and his sons, Bradley and Andrew, Sheri and husband, Dustin Scott, and their children, Kaitlynn and Kelsey, Johnny Turner and partner, Kori, and their son, Blayke. Marion is also survived by her sister-inlaw, Brenda Plattner of St. Albans; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. Marion was predeceased by her husband, William Andre Champagne, in 1993; and siblings, Ida, Kenneth, Charles, Edmund, Evelyn, Ruth, Barbara, Clara, and Albert. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m., with a memorial service at 4 p.m. in the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton. Burial will follow in the South Hero Cemetery. For those who wish, online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com
. Donations in Marion's memory may be made to the South Hero Rescue, PO Box 365, South Hero, VT 05486.