MAPLE CITY — Marion Irene Tanner, on the eve of her 88th birthday, was given the grace of a peaceful and holy death at home with her cousin, Rita. As the rosary was being prayed at her bedside, Marion faded away into eternal life.
Marion, herself a strikingly beautiful and amazingly talented woman, deeply appreciated and admired her husband, Paul. Paul and Marion were married in Detroit on Sept. 7, 1946, and parted on the day of Paul’s death, Sept. 6, 1992, one day short of their 46th wedding anniversary and, as with her birthday, an anniversary celebrated in eternity. “But as it is written, ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.’ ” (1Corinthians 2:9,KJV)
Marion was an artist with a sewing machine. She turned her highly polished skills into a home business specializing in monogramming. Proverbs 31 comes to mind: “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, … She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands … She preceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple … ” Tastefully modest and elegantly attractive, Marion was all about that which is true, good, and beautiful, beginning with her own person.
After Paul’s death, Marion continued living for the next 20 years in their Farmington Hills home. As Marion’s health began to deteriorate, Marion made arrangements to live with her cousin, Rita (Loren) Wilson on the family farm near Maple City.