NORTHFIELD - Marilyn J. "Lynne" Warrin of Northfield, MA, died unexpectedly in her sleep August 7, 2014, at Pine Heights Rehabilitation Center, Brattleboro, VT.
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Lynne was born in Manhattan, New York, on March 4, 1932, and was the adopted daughter of George and Violet (Moseley) Warrin of Valley Stream, New York.
Since her retirement she had unsuccessfully searched for information about her birth parents.
She is survived by her sister Virginia Backus, Melville, NY and a niece, Babette Cento, two nephews, Peter and David Backus, and their respective spouses and children.
Lynne was educated in her local public school system. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the State University of New York at Oswego, and a Master of Science in Education from Hofstra University. Lynne was foremost a teacher –a very talented 6th grade teacher. She taught in public schools in New York State before joining the faculty at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA. Her 27 years at Eaglebrook were as teacher, dormitory parent, and academic adviser. She also served for several years as Department Chairman of the Third Form. Her stories of those adventurous days ranged from the inspirational to the hilarious.
In 2006, she traveled to Jordan with a group from Eaglebrook and Deerfield Academy at the invitation of King Abdullah II of Jordan, an alumnus of both schools. He was one of many young men with whom she worked her 6th grade magic.
Music was a lifelong interest. As a young child, she was a soloist in the Valley Stream Presbyterian Church and later sang in churches in New York City. Her participation in and love of choral music continued throughout her life. Her sense of adventure was reflected when, nearing retirement from Eaglebook, she decided to learn to play the viola. She participated with friends in a string quartet for almost twenty years. She was also a member of the Four Seasons Orchestra in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Her creative talents were also demonstrated when she co-authored a play which was produced by a local theater group. She was a prolific writer and participated in several writing groups in Northfield MA.
Lynne spent many enjoyable summers as an administrator and counselor at the historic girls' camp, Camp Kehonka, on Lake Winnipesaukee. Among other things she will be remembered for the fun campers had in participating in her productions of skits, musicals and plays. When Camp Kehonka closed, she spearheaded the transfer of Kehonka archives to the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe. She leaves a large cadre of friends from her years at the camp.
In the Northfield community, Lynne was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Friends of the Library, and a founding member of the committee which established the Northfield Food Pantry in 2013.
Lynne loved to travel. She had wonderful stories to tell of trips to Cambodia, South America, England, and Jordan. She developed a lifelong interest in Angkor Wat, Thailand which she visited during a trip around the world.
Most especially, she loved returning home to New England. Lynne loved flowers, colors, dogs, and cats. She will be remembered as a gifted and dedicated teacher, sister, aunt, and loyal friend. She will be missed.
Lynne will be cremated and her ashes scattered.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. at First Parish of Northfield Unitarian Church, on the corner of Main and Parker streets. A reception will follow in the church's Webster Room.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lynne's name to the Northfield Food Pantry, P.O. Box 103, Northfield, MA, 01360.
To sign an online register book with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.
Atamaniuk Funeral Home
40 Terrace Street Brattleboro, VT 05301-2923
Published in The Recorder on Oct. 1, 2014