Marilyn Ruth Ford, 80, of Mt. Tremper, died on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008. Marilyn passed away gracefully and peacefully from her sleep while in the loving embrace of her family. Her tenacious love of life could not overcome the power of lung cancer. She lived life to the fullest during her 80 years.
She was born on November 10, 1927 in Brooklyn, the daughter of Florence Nelson Bennett and Floyd Bennett.
Marilyn graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.
As a child she remembered riding a sleigh through the snow-covered streets of her Bay Ridge neighborhood. As a young adult, Marilyn worked at the radio station of Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.
Marilyn met Robert Ford at work in his father’s garage in Shandaken in 1947 and they married in June of 1948. During their early married years they lived in Oliverea, New York City and Phoenicia. By 1950 they had built their permanent home in Mt. Tremper. There she shared with all she touched, her sincerity, openness and genuine love for others. Marilyn had a love of family, animals, nature, art and music.
Marilyn had many talents and interests. She played piano and painted, using watercolors, oils and pastels. She crafted many family heirlooms in wood and wool. Marilyn was a talented seamstress; sewing her daughter’s wedding gown as well as many quilts, skirts and dresses. She also crafted stained glass chandeliers to light her family’s dinner tables. She taught herself to lay cobblestone with mortar and carried stones from the Esopus Creek to build patio walls and stairs. In her daughter’s house, she laid a cobblestone veneer chimney three stories high, which is remarkable in light of her aversion to heights. She loved her family’s many camping excursions to the Adirondacks, Maine, Cape Cod and Vermont. She enjoyed finding useful items at rummage sales, and in recent years was joined in these pursuits by her daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter.
Marilyn was a beautiful, compassionate and loving wife to Robert. Above all, she was and still is a consummate mother to her three children. This love extends to her five grandchildren and two great-grandchilden.
Surviving are her husband, Robert, of 60 years; her children, Debbie Park of Idaho, Mark Ford of Saugerties and Wayne Ford of Roxbury; a brother, Floyd Bennett of Great Barrington, Massachusetts; her five grandchildren, Matthew and Harley Park, Jennifer (Park) Haaland, Christopher Ford and Marisa Ford and two great-grandchildren, Megan and Samuel Haaland.
A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Ford will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main St., Phoenicia with the Rev. Ralph Darmstadt as celebrant.
Burial will be in the family plot at the Hudler Cemetery, Route 28, Mt. Tremper.