Marianne Vivian Hancox
1929 - 2020
Hancox, Marianne Vivian WATERFORD Marianne Vivian Hancox passed peacefully into Heaven, while surrounded by her family, on Thursday, November 19, 2020, just two days shy of her 91 wings at the Rusty Nail. Marianne was at peace knowing that she had lived a long and fulfilling life as a beloved wife and mother, and that she was leaving behind a legacy of family and laughter. Born on November 21, 1929, in Lansingburgh, Marianne was the daughter of the late George and Agnus Doring. Marianne graduated from Lansingburgh high school and took great pride in having been an archer and having played basketball for her alma mater. It was in school that she first saw a picture of, and fell in love with, her future husband, Robert L. Hancox. Marianne and Bob had a strong union that was built upon love, respect, humor and partnership. Their marriage was blessed with three children: Michele Hancox, Marc (Marcia) Hancox, and Jeffrey (Celina) Hancox. Bob and Marianne were a true team who worked together to build a beautiful life for both themselves and their children, instilling in them the values of hard work, integrity and being able to find humor in any situation. Marianne and Bob loved their summer trips to Maine and some of their fondest memories were of time spent with their family on the beaches of Wells. Marianne's beloved sisters, Virginia (Thomas) Heislein and Linda (Theodore) Taylor also convened in Maine during the summer with their families. Time spent there was truly idyllic; full of family, Congdon's Donuts and the beach. After raising her family, Marianne worked at the Wit's End Giftique in Clifton Park for many years. She always had an eye for beautiful things and found joy in helping others find special gifts to share with their loved ones. After both she and Bob retired, they spent many wonderful winters on Anna Maria Island in Florida. Marianne loved to spend the day in the sun reading one of her books or at home sewing or baking. She and Bob always especially enjoyed visits from their children and their families. Marianne truly cherished her time with her grandchildren and was known as "Nana" to all nine of them: Julie (Jonathan) Desso, Robert Hancox, Claire (Zachary) TenEyck, Grace (Ryan) Brisson, Alex (Renee) Hancox, Elizabeth (Derrick) Gerstbein, Peter (Amie) Madsen, Maria Hancox and Christian Hancox. Marianne was also incredibly proud of her 12 great-grandchildren; she loved to know what they were all up to and was always sharing their latest achievements and accomplishments with her friends and acquaintances. Marianne loved her family more than anything and while she will be greatly missed, her spirited heart and quick wit will live on through the family that she and Bob created, and will be celebrated every time we raise a glass at The Ale House or The Rusty Nail together. Marianne's family are without words to express the sincere gratitude that they feel towards the men and women from Community Hospice who helped to make the end of Marianne's time on Earth peaceful and comfortable. The family would also like to extend gratitude to Marianne's dear friend Helen Moore who was a loyal companion as well as Marianne's many nieces and nephews who always had a special place in their hearts for their "Aunt Mame." A graveside funeral service for immediate family will be held Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Cemetery, Waterford. While the Hancox family would love to gather together to celebrate Marianne following the service, out of caution for everyone's health and safety we ask that you pour a pint and tell a story celebrating her life. In lieu of flowers the family would greatly appreciate donations be made to Community Hospice, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, New York 12208. To express your sympathy or share a treasured memory, visit:

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Published by Albany Times Union on Nov. 24, 2020.
Graveside service
St. Mary's Cemetery
, Waterford, New York
Funeral services provided by:
McDonald and Son Funeral Home - Troy
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Dear Marc and Jeff,
It was only two months ago that the two of you were kind enough to stop and see our family at McLoughlin's funeral home, for your mom's dear friend, Rhea. They were good buds, and your mom was a real gem. I had the pleasure of taking her and Rhea to lunch a couple of times over the last couple of years and they were just a hoot together. Showed me what true friendship is all about. I won't forget your mom. A true model of what a mom, grandmother, and friend ideally stands for. Thinking of you both, and your entire family at this sad time.
Our heartfelt sympathies,
Chuck and Marlene Boland
Marlene P Boland
December 1, 2020
Dear Marc, Jeff and all the deepest sympathy to you for the lose of your Mom. I spent so much of my childhood with my second family in Troy and Waterford, much of it with my Aunt Marianne. Sometimes it seems that a change of such finality is when the remembrances wash over us; I have certainly been filled with countless memories these last days. And I most especially remember the casual elegance of Aunt Marianne and the crisp effortlessness in how she lived her life, ran her home and loved her family. It was her gift, one that left an impression on me. May she rest in peace.
Lynne Schaefer
November 30, 2020
Dear Marc and family ... very sorry to hear about losing your mom. The passing of a parent is one of the most difficult things in life but it does trigger many great memories.

Sincere condolences,
Paul Maitoza
Paul Maitoza
November 27, 2020
Dear Lin, Ted, & family,
I’m very sad to read about “Aunt Mame” she was a wonderful person & im sure will be missed by all Rest In Peace
Susan Natarelli-DeAngelis
November 24, 2020
Marc & Marcia,
Sincere condolences to you both and your family on the passing of your Mother. Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Wayne & Diane Arnold
November 24, 2020
Michelle, Marc, and Jeff,
Out thoughts are with you as mourn the loss of your Mom. She was an amazing person and you were so lucky to have her as long as you did. She is now with Big Bob for eternity.
Walt and Helen Adey
November 24, 2020
Marc and Marcia, we are so sorry to learn of your Moms' passing. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Harry&Mary Ellen Ferguson
November 24, 2020