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Marian Foster Clifford Obituary
Clifford, Marian Foster 72, of St. Louis, MO, died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by family at her home on September 20, 2013 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Marian is survived by her husband, Nicholas B. Clifford, Sr. and their three sons, Nicholas B. Clifford, Jr. (Maria), Stephen W. Clifford, and Charles H. Clifford (Tara), her brothers Torrey N. Foster (Anne) of Naples, FL and A. O. Bert Foster (Carmella) of Wayzata, MN, and her sister, Claire Evans (Marshall) of Atlanta, GA, and her five grandchildren, to whom she was known as Nana. Marian was born in St. Louis on August 23, 1941, the daughter of the late Marjorie Capen Foster Sheldon and H. Torrey Foster. She attended Mary Institute and graduated from Chatham Hall in Chatham, VA and from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Marian majored in mathematics and worked as a computer programmer for the Naval Underwater Ordinance Station in Newport, RI while her husband was in the Navy. Marian and Nick moved back to St. Louis and, after starting a family, Marian worked for 17 years as the Director of Children's Education at the Church of St. Michael & St. George in Clayton. Marian was very active in volunteer organizations throughout her long life in St. Louis, especially with the Episcopal Church. She served in many capacities at the Church of St. Michael & St. George: a member of the St. Paul's Guild of Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers, vestry member, past Chairman of the Adult Education Committee and Chairman of the Heavenly Meals Ministry. She was also active in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, serving as President of the Standing Committee, past President of the Thompson Center, and a member of the Christian Education Committee. In addition Marian was active in the affairs of Vassar College - as Regional Vice President of the Class of '63, past President and Admission Chair of the Vassar Club of St. Louis and Chairman of the Musee de Noel. She served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Bethesda Health Group, President of the Board of Trustees of the Charless Home and later President of the Charless Foundation. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Care and Counseling and the Advisory Board of the St. Louis Service Bureau. Marian instinctively reached out and included others in her life. She opened her home as a refuge to unwed mothers-to-be in the 1970s, served as a host mom to a foreign exchange student, participated in Washington University's Memory and Aging Project, and welcomed strays to holiday dinners. She was the quintessential hostess. She was also an avid golfer, passionate about music, and a beautiful seamstress who smocked dresses for her granddaughters and for baby presents. Services: A memorial service for Marian will be held at the Church of St. Michael & St. George, 6345 Wydown Blvd in Clayton at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28th. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. Burial at Bellefontaine Cemetery will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers gifts in appreciation of Marian's life may be made to Camp Dudley YMCA Inc, 126 Dudley Rd., Westport, NY 12993, the Church of St. Michael & St. George, PO Box 11887, St. Louis, MO 63105, or Vassar College, Box 14, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, 2013
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