FREEPORT — Marion “Marnie” Ham of Yarmouth died peacefully at Hawthorne House in Freeport on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Marion was born in Auburn on Dec. 31, 1926. She attended Edward Little High School and was a member of the graduating Class of 1944, attending class reunions whenever they were held.
Marion lived in Maine her entire life. She loved the outdoors and all of its activities, and planned and led six trips down the Allagash. Marion taught a hunter safety course for the state of Maine and walked in hundreds of volksmarches. She started and taught the Yarmouth Adult Fitness program for 12 years. She lived in Turner and taught many of the children of Turner how to swim. Marion presented Native American drums and how they were made to the Yarmouth second-graders.
There were no strangers to Marion, only friends to meet. Marion had a heart the size of the outdoors she loved so much and lived by the Golden Rule. She raised four daughters and passed her love of people and the outdoors on to them and to her close friend she lived with in Yarmouth for 45 years.
She was predeceased by her oldest daughter, Roberta Richmond.
She is survived by the love of her daughters, Vicki Delaski and her husband, Mark, of Wisconsin, Kim Ham and Terri Ham, both of Turner; Vicki’s children, Kristina Delaski and her husband, Jeff Brown, Anthony Delaski and his fiancée, Suzanne Webster, and their daughter, Abigail; Robbie’s children, Johanna Richmond, her daughter, Erin and her sons, Eli and Luke, and Peter Richmond and his wife, Judy; and her longtime friend and confidant, Jean Bissonnette of Yarmouth. She is also survived by a very special cousin, Shirley Cooper, and many other cousins.
The family expresses its gratitude to the staff of VNA Home Health & Hospice, Freeport Place and Hawthorne House of Freeport for their excellent care and kindness.