Marian Edith Demarest, 95
It is with bittersweet sadness the Demarest Family announces the passing of one of its beloved members, Marian E. Demarest. “Grandmommy,” as she was affectionately known to her family, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 8th, 2013. “Grandmommy” had recently celebrated her 95th birthday in May.
Mrs. Demarest was born in Maplewood, New Jersey in the year that the Armistice of World War I was still to be signed. Radio broadcasts and airplanes had been around for only about a decade; ice boxes had ice and were made of wood with sawdust insulation; the dairyman whose farm was next to her childhood home delivered milk in tin or copper cans from a horse-drawn cart; and the heater in her first car was a woolen lap robe.
A woman of her times, Marian was a graduate of Columbia High School, Springfield, N.J. and the Berkeley Secretarial School, Orange N.J. At her first job as an aide in the “crash room” of Orange Memorial Hospital, she met Dr. Gerald B. Demarest II, who in 1938 became her devoted husband for the next 62 years. As the mother of two small children and with Dr. Demarest sent to Italy as a flight surgeon during World War II, Marian purchased a large, pillared house on Highland Avenue in Westfield, N.J., which eventually became the homestead for a large and active family of six children. In addition to keeping the horde fed, properly dressed, schooled, bathed and sent to bed at the appropriate time, she was a founding member of the Westfield Service League and was active in numerous other local charitable functions. In later years, she worked extensively at the Westfield Presbyterian Church planning, organizing and directing weddings.
In 1975, Grandmommy and Boompa moved to Wilton, Connecticut, where they resided for more than 20 years on Collinswood Road. During that time, Marian continued her charitable endeavors, serving as the President of the Wilton Garden Club, the “Dirt Dibblers”, and was a principal force in the town’s well-known “Minks to Sinks” organization. After a brief relocation to Reno, Nevada, and the passing of her husband, in 2002 Marian moved back to the Wilton area and resided in New Canaan, close to her two grown children, Susan Kellogg and Dr. Peter Demarest.
Selfless and devoted to her husband and family for her entire life, Marian is survived by five children, fourteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, with a seventeenth not yet but almost here. Yes, Grandmommy, you are responsible for all of that. We miss you more than you can know, but are happy that you have finally come home.
Family and friends are invited to remember and celebrate Grandmommy’s life at the Wilton Congregational Church on Ridgefield Road, 10:00 AM, on Tuesday, August 27th 2013.