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MARK FOLLANSBEE - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Mark Follansbee died on July 19, 2014, at the age of 93. He was born in Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 26, 1921, son of the late Marcus Acheson Follansbee and Mary Hosack Follansbee. Swimming and camping were great loves of his. He was captain of the Ohio State National Champion Swim Team, which would have gone to the Olympics, had it not been for W.W.II. He led many church canoe trips for youth and families. He loved the outdoors - and people! Mark was a graduate of Ohio State University and Yale Divinity School. Ordained in 1953 in the United Church of Christ, he served churches in Ohio, Minnesota, Connecticut and Montpelier, Vt. After retirement from the ministry, he was an early director of JUMP (Joint Urban Ministry Project). He was also chaplain of a cancer rehab team and a Hospice volunteer (after helping to found Central Vermont Hospice). Mark was among the founders of Vermont Interfaith Action. He had great love for the Church, and since 1987 was an active member of College Street Congregational Church, singing in the choir there for years. Mark is survived by his wife, Marylou Crooks; her children, Merriam Rink and Curtis Crooks, and their children; and his sons, Mark Alston-Follansbee, David Follansbee and Peter Follansbee; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service at College Street Congregational Church (UCC) will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to College Street Church Steeple Fund, 265 College St., Burlington, VT 05401; or to Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP), 38 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jul. 22, 2014.
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July 28, 2014
We have lost a truly kind man. I always remember him fondly for his gentle acceptance of others and encouraging words. My condolences to Mary Lou and family.
Deb Lang
July 27, 2014
Dear Mary Lou, For all of my ministry Mark has been a role model for me of fearless, enthusiastic, joy-filled living. Whenever I saw him it was like drinking from a spring of living water. Thank you for your amazing care for Mark and your care for many of us in Vermont Conference through these many years. You are a beacon of delightful care, truth and vision and I pray your will find God's radiant presence encircling you as you complete your care and companionship with Mark, grieve his departure, and step into the next chapter of the life God has for you! Hugs and love to you! Marsh
Marsh Hudson-Knapp
July 25, 2014
My dear Mary Lou, I'm thinking of you today with deep sympathy and praying that all the many happy memories you have of Mark will be a source of comfort. Love, Dot Grosset
July 25, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear of Mark's death. He was a powerful example of living compassionately. He showed how to bring humor, wisdom and respect to each person he met at JUMP.
Ginger Hobbs
July 24, 2014
Dear Mary Lou -- I can see and hear him now as he walked in the door of the UCC office on Maple Street. He was such an extraodinary man. I've moved to Maryland so will not be able to attend services. Sending you love and comfort, Karen
Karen Shastany
July 22, 2014
I cherish Mark's gentleness, advocacy and humor; and I remember well meeting him at JUMP with Howard Stearns, such different personalities!

Mark gave me his preaching words with the statement, "Wear them well and wear them out!" He offered an inspiring model for that!
Kurt Shaffert
July 22, 2014
Hi, Marylou!
I'm so sorry to hear of Mark's death. His loss is huge! He was so helpful to me in my ministry and in my life -- and in the lives and ministries of so many others. I'm sending you my love and my prayers. God's peace and blessing and compassion and upholding be with you, Marylou!
Kaye Hult
July 22, 2014
Mary Lou,
I suspect yours is a mixture of sadness for the loss of future and joy for the time shared with Mark. I don't often meet men whom are examples of what men should be. Mark was truly one of them, kind, compassionate, brilliant (he did choose you after all :). Please know that you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike Ford
July 22, 2014
Dear Mary Lou,
I am very saddened to learn of Mark's death and feel so blessed to have known him during my years in Burlington. He was a great role model for how to live such a full life of service and joy after retirement. A wonderful minister with such a deep commitment to justice--he will always be an inspiration in my own hospice chaplaincy and work in the church. Please know that you are both in my prayers and love is being sent to you and your family all the way from the beautiful Pacific North West.
Rev. Diana F. Scholl
July 22, 2014
Sorry to hear o fyour loss. Mark was a great guy. Judy Cookson
Judy Cookson
July 22, 2014
MaryLou, MaryLou, MaryLou, love and prayers and sympathy for your great love affair that gave both of you the second chance and suggested new life everywhere -- a life so full of faith, hope and love. all of my best and love, Jane
Rev. Jane E. Wilson
July 22, 2014
Dear Mary Lou,
He was one of the world's unique souls. He probably was one of the few people I have actually listened in advice giving. The world is a better place for his presence but it is a bit lonelier now. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Adrianne Carr
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