Marie Landry Race St. John
Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
59 Spruce St.
Westerly, RI
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
Published by The Westerly Sun on Jul. 30, 2021.
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It´s with great sadness that we read the passing of our dear friend Mazie. I can remember the first time we met her at a Marriotts Cove yearly clean up. She was so full of life , her energy was infectious , her beautiful blue eyes were captivating., her memory was amazing and she knew more people in Chester than my husband did .... And he was from Chester . We always looked forward to Mazie´s yearly trips to the cove , celebrating her birthday , doing lunches etc. She was a beautiful person both inside and out . She was an inspiration to all that were blessed to have known her . May the weight of your heavy hearts be somewhat lifted knowing that others share in your sorrow .. RIP our Dear Mazie . Till we meet again. Rowena , Rob Nunn and Family xo
Rowena Nunn
July 30, 2021
The "Cove" has never been the same without Masie. She truly knew how to work the room at a party and was always a bright light at our monthly book club meetings.
Val and Don Scanlan
July 30, 2021
Dear Meg and family, We are deeply saddened to read of Mazie´s passing - she was an amazing woman who took such joy in all that life had to offer and she is certainly going to be missed. She loved a boat ride, trips to Neptune Theatre and was famous for her dinner parties. Sending our deepest sympathy. Maurice and Nateleen
Nateleen and Maurice Zinck
July 30, 2021
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