Marie Landry Race St. John, 94, died in hospital, Westerly, Rhode Island on July 27, 2021.
Born Marie Annette Landry in Hartford, Connecticut, Marie was the eldest of the six children of Dr. Benedict Bernard Landry and his wife, Margaret Landry. Marie attended Beach Park School and Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut, and in 1948 received her B.A. with a major in Art, from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. Her love of art and design led to a 23-year career in interior design under her own banner, The Marie L. Race Company.
In 1948, Marie married Frederick "Scot" Henry Race III at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hartford, Connecticut and lived in West Hartford until Scot's untimely death in 1986.
Marie married Seymour St. John, former headmaster of Choate Rosemary Hall, in 1989 in Weekapaug, Rhode Island, with the couple spending time equally between Robe Sound, Florida and Weekapaug, Rhode Island until Seymour's death in 2006. In 2011, as a widow, Marie purchased an historic house in Marriott's Cove, Nova Scotia, where she spent three months each year.
Marie is survived by her son, Frederick Race (and Christe a Byrne) of Lighthouse Point, Florida; daughters, Margaret Race (and Paul Halley) of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, and Marie Race (and Edward Kayfus) of Bakersfield, Vermont; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A daughter, Laura Race Hasty, predeceased her mother in 1998. Marie's remaining surviving sibling, her sister Marcia Landry Hagan, resides in Aubrey, Texas.
Marie also leaves a stepson, Gordon W. St. John (and Linda Scheibner) of Lavonia, Michigan; a stepdaughter, Margaret St. John (and Rohn Eloul) of Tucson, Arizona; five step-grandchildren; and ten step-great-grandchildren.
Full obituary and information for designated charities may be found at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, Westerly, Rhode Island at www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
Published by The Westerly Sun on Jul. 30, 2021.