Marilyn Voorhees Hansen, 74: Marine artist who loved the ocean

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BRUNSWICK — Marilyn Voorhees Hansen, 74, died peacefully Feb. 7 at home surrounded by loving family.

Born in Neptune, N.J., on June 4, 1936, she was a daughter of John Harley and Ruby Thomson Voorhees, and attended local schools.

On May 20, 1956, she married Johan Hansen of Manasquan, N.J.

When she was young she worked as a model in New York City, and had a brief stint on the Jackie Gleason television show.  

An award-winning marine artist, her paintings hang in many collections around the world, and her works have been published in the American Artists of Renown, and in Maine Moments in New York.

She enjoyed all things relating to the ocean.

She loved animals, especially horses, and enjoyed playing softball in summer leagues, collecting antiques, playing card and board games, and spending time with family and friends at her cottage on Dyer Long Pond in Jefferson.

Surviving are her husband, Johan Arnt Hansen of Brunswick; three daughters, Jennifer and her husband James Vyhnak of Bristol, Vt., Janine Hansen of Damariscotta, and Rachel and her husband James Thelen of West Bath; a sister, Susan and her husband Bob Montgomerie of Dundee, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Hannah Voorhees Corscaden and James Albert Corscaden IV, of Damariscotta; a cousin, Douglas Jenkin and wife Cheryl of Jefferson; and two nephews, Steven Tussel and his family of Brielle, N.J., and Brian Tussel and his family of Bricktown, N.J.

Memorial services were held last week.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.

Memorial donations may be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME, 04011.  

Memorial condolences may be expressed and a video tribute viewed at

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