Marian B. (Allen) Holbrook

NORTHFIELD - Marian B. (Allen) Holbrook, 85, of 34B East St., passed away April 27, 2013 in the comfort of her home with family at her side.
She was born at home in Brattleboro, VT, on Nov. 12, 1927, the daughter of Albert E. and Pearl B. (Chapman) Allen. She attended schools in Brattleboro, VT, Laconia, NH, Gill and Northfield and Greenfield, graduating from Greenfield High School as co-valedictorian in 1945. She received her Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts from Greenfield Community College in 1995.
Marian was a 27-year employee of the County of Franklin, beginning with her employment in 1945 (to 1958), as Assistant Clerk of Courts, later (1965-1979) as Administrative Assistant to the County Commissioners. Mid-career (1962 to 1965), she was employed as the secretary to the manager of the Northfield Inn. From 1980 to 1982, she served as Administrative Assistant to Northwestern District Attorney Thomas G. Simmons, and later in the private law offices of Simons & Simons and Callahan, Curtiss, Carey & Gates. She returned to the Franklin County courthouse working until her second retirement in 2010 from the Registry of Deeds.
An active member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church (UCC) for more than 65 years, Marian sang in the choir, served as church moderator, clerk, deaconess and president of the women's guild, the Franklin District Women's Fellowship, the Church Women United of Franklin County; several state committees for MA UCC and CWU and the Church and Ministry Committee of the Franklin Association of Congregational Churches.
She belonged to the Northfield Grange for over 65 years and was a current member of the Whately Grange. She was a seventh degree member and an officer in the Connecticut Valley Pomona Grange. She was a 25-year member of the Turners Falls Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and a past Matron, as well as an officer in the Arcana Chapter in Greenfield.
She also served as president of the Northfield VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Northfield Senior Center (where she was also an avid bridge player), past president of the Baystate Franklin Auxiliary and a regular volunteer in the hospital gift shop. She also enjoyed many years singing with BFMC's Clinical Notes Chorus.
Among her volunteer roles for the American Cancer Society, she provided fund-raising support and served as coordinator of, and driver for, the Franklin County Road to Recovery program. She was an original member of the Franklin County Technical School Committee acting as both chairman and secretary during her 16 years on the committee. As a volunteer of the Franklin County Home Care Corp., Marian took on a variety of roles including volunteer chair of Meals on Wheels fund-raising, MOW driver, SHINE counselor and Citizens Advisory Board member.
Other community involvement included: Northfield Republican town committee, the former Franklin County Business & Professional Women's and Women's Republican Clubs, General Federation of Women's Clubs, the Fortnightly Club of Northfield, Northfield Planning Board, Northfield Girl Scouts, Northfield Historical Society, Northfield Food Pantry and the GCC Foundation Board of Directors.
Marian was an amateur vocalist from childhood and enjoyed most types of music. In addition to music, she enjoyed sports, travel and nature (especially bird watching). She played varsity softball for GHS and later was a player and coach for the Northfield Women's Recreational Softball team. She bowled in a Mixed League for several years. Her extensive travels with family and friends took her to six continents. Some of her most enjoyable trips revolved around the activities of her four grandchildren.
Predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Richard L. Holbrook Jr. in 2004, she is survived by her three children: Deborah H. Orewiler and husband Jon of Wheaton, Ill., Rebecca H. Frost and her husband Ernest Jr. of Northfield and Richard L. Holbrook III and his wife Alison of Bernardston; four grandchildren, Joshua Orewiler of Chicago, Ill., Jaime French of Kansas City, MO, Jodi Orewiler of Wheaton, Ill., and Jackie Orewiler of Winfield, Ill.; two brothers: James Allen and his wife Lillian of Northfield and Albert Allen and his wife Arletta of Henrico, VA; two sisters, Dorothy Arsenault of Northfield and Elizabeth Demski (Stephen) of Sudbury; a sister-in-law, Alberta Allen of Greenfield, and 27 nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers: Robert and Richard; two sisters: Mary Miller and Vera Barton, and a grandson, Joshua French.
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Memorial Chapel, Mount Hermon School, Gill, with the Rev. Bruce Burks officiating. Burial will follow in West Northfield Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Friday evening (5-3-13) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield.
Donations in her memory may be made to FCHCC Meals on Wheels Program, c/o Jane Severance, 330 Montague City Road, Turners Falls, MA 01376 or the Oncology Patient Needs Fund, c/o Vicki Sutton, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, MA 01301.
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Published in The Recorder on May 1, 2013