Marion Fountain
1921 - 2014
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Marion Grindberg Fountain

1921 - 2014

Marion Grindberg Fountain, 92 years of age, died at her home surrounded by her family in Gulf Breeze, FL on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Marion was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Ellen Wenberg Grindberg and Arnold B. Grindberg. She spent her childhood there and graduated from East High School. She joined the United States Navy and served as a WAVE at USNH in Oceanside, California. Marion was awarded the American Area Campaign and World War II Victory Medals. Afterwards she moved to Pensacola, FL to be close to her twin sister, Margaret Webb. She subsequently met and married Collier Jack Fountain to whom she was married for 65 years. She worked at the Pensacola Naval Air station photo school and retired from that position in 1988. In her younger years she enjoyed her family, her church, and boating and beach activities. During her retirement years she spent time camping with her husband and friends, caring for and playing with her grandchildren.

Marion loved people, babies, and knew no strangers. She was known to be a hard worker, dependable and meticulous in anything that she did. She was generous. People were important to her and she "adopted" many people into her extended family. She was well-entertained by and devoted to her dog, Toto.

Marion was a founding and active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Her faith was strong in Jesus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and Arnold Grindberg, and her sister, Dorothy Hodapp.

She is survived by her husband, Collier Jack Fountain; daughters, Dianne Flynn (Danny) and Kay Torano (Francisco J.); grandchildren- Zeke Baucum (Vicki), David Baucum (Kim), Nick Baucum (Ashley), Francisco C. Torano (Nadia), Ignacio Torano, Melissa Raffensperger (Cody), Brian Flynn (Erica); 12 great-grandchildren, Victor, Lexi, Aurora, Athena, Arianna, Ashton, Angel, Maya, Francisco M. Colton, Ian, and Jackson; her twin sister Margaret Webb (James); brothers, Carleton Grindberg (Della) and Arnold Grindberg; sisters-in-law, Frances Bower, Pat Gongaware, Wenona Betase, Marietta Van Heusen; brothers-in-law, John Smith, Herman Hodapp; and many other family members and close friends.

Viewing is at 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 333 Commerce St., Pensacola, FL 32507 with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens, 7433 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola, FL. After the funeral, family and friends will gather at the home of James and Margaret Webb.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or to charity of choice.

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Published in the Pensacola News Journal from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2014.
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December 8, 2019
I worked with Marion for many years at the Navy Schools For Photography, where she was the testing supervisor. She was a wonderful person who I always enjoyed talking to - whether in a professional capacity or just chatting about life in general. It was a real pleasure to know and work with her.
Ray Nelson
February 18, 2014
Please accept my condolences on the loss of Ms. Fountain. Her obituary caught my eye because of her military service. I wanted to make sure her service was recognized, so I have sent her obituary with a donation to register her with the Women in Military Service to America (WIMSA) memorial foundation in case she was not already registered

Since you included her military service in the obituary, you were obviously very proud of her service. I am very grateful, too, that women like her paved the way for my generation to succeed in the military. Please consider contacting WIMSA ( to give them more details, perhaps even copies of photos or other documents, from her service.
Robin G
February 17, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with Marion's dear family. May God bless and comfort you. We loved Marion and love you.
Betty Spann
February 14, 2014
Our sincerest sympathy and prayers are with the family of Mrs. Fountain
The Hearing Center
February 13, 2014
We all enjoyed our time with you, Uncle Jack, and the rest of the family there in Florida. You will be missed. Heaven has just gained an Angel. God Bless you all!
Mike & Sarah Graybill
February 12, 2014
What a nice tribute to a woman who had a life well lived. She always had a smile on her face & kind words to share. Sending Prayers & Sympathy to the Fountain & Webb families.
Kathy Sauers Wansley
February 12, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you
Jack Shelby
February 12, 2014
Praying for the family during this time that they have peace in their hearts knowing she is with Jesus and not suffering anymore. I only met her one time but she was a sweet lady and was very loved. Rest in peace Mrs Fountain.
Sandra West
February 12, 2014
Although I haven't known Grandmommy very long I feel like family. What a beautiful person, inside and out. I thank GOD to have had the opportunity to have met Grandmommy and pray her family finds peace in knowing she is in Heaven. GOD BLESS
Joanna (Jo-Jo) Walker
February 12, 2014
I know your resting in Peace with Jesus. I'm so thankful we had the chance to tell each other good bye. I will never forget the times we spent together. We will take care of Granddaddy and Toto. Love you more than anything.
Love, Ashley, Nick, Ashton and Angel
Ashley Baucum
February 11, 2014
Mrs. Marion was a wonderful Christian woman, definitely someone to be looked up to. She was always making you feel loved and never any judgement. I am priviliged to have known her and happy that I know she is truly HOME, although missed much here on earth. God Bless her family during this time of mourning and celebration. Love always.
Shana Trayno
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