Marion G. Hawkins, 92: Enjoyed connecting with nature
SOUTH PORTLAND — Marion G. Hawkins, 92, died Nov. 3 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
Hawkins was born Feb. 9, 1920 in Gorham, N.H., the daughter of Abigail and Harold Shorey. She attended Keene State Teachers College. On Dec. 24, 1942, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., she married Benjamin Hawkins. They enjoyed 55 years together, beginning their family in Gorham, N.H., and then relocating permanently to South Portland.
Hawkins devoted her life to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always had a freshly baked batch of brownies on hand to share happily with family and friends.
She loved the outdoors, long walks, bike riding and reading. One of her favorite things to do was going for her daily ride to Bug Light with her daughter, Peggy. She also walked frequently from her home on Harborview Avenue to Mill Creek and beyond. She enjoyed flower gardening and picking strawberries and blueberries as well.
She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin Hawkins; her sister, Margaret Barber; and her son, Harold Hawkins.
Hawkins is survived by her son, Phillip Hawkins and wife, Lena, of Buxton; daughter Peggy Hawkins-Simpson and husband, Thomas, of South Portland; her sister, Alice Manter, of Binghamton, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Christian Hawkins and his wife, Rebecca, of Northampton, Mass., Pamela Kuczkowski and her husband, Ryan, of Sanbornton, N.H., and Kelly Hawkins, of South Portland; six great-grandchildren, Marissa Pabón, of South Portland, Noah, Caleb and Simon Kuczkowski, of Sanbornton, N.H., and Hazelle and Hans Hawkins, of Northampton, Mass.; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the staff at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
A graveside funeral will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cottage Road, South Portland. A celebration of Hawkins' life will follow from 1-4 p.m. at the Elizabeth Hobbs Hospitality Center, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Hawkins' name to the South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, ME 04106, or to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.