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  • Marion J.Guthrie

  • Marion J. Guthrie, 75, of Cape Elizabeth, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.

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  • Marion J. Guthrie, 75, of Cape Elizabeth, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.
    She was born in Rochester on April 1, 1937, the eldest daughter of Anthony and Beatrice Sciortino. Marion was educated in the Little Falls school system where she played volleyball and was active in music and theater arts while in high school.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1959 and her master’s degree from Adelphi University in Garden City in 1968.
    She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Francis J. "Bud" Guthrie, of Cape Elizabeth; two sons, Drew Guthrie, of New York, and Brian Guthrie, his wife Susan and their two children, Caitlin and Brendan, all of Cape Elizabeth. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, JoAnne Graudons.
    Prior to becoming a full-time mother and homemaker, Marion taught English at Sewanhaka Central High School in Floral Park. She was beloved by her students for the passion and boundless energy she brought to her classroom each day and for her steadfast commitment to each and every student’s growth and success. Marion and Bud Guthrie moved from Garden City to Cape Elizabeth with their two sons in 1975, where Marion became very active in the community. She served as chair of the town of Cape Elizabeth Planning Board and, along with her husband, was among the founders of the Cape Elizabeth High School hockey program. She was a docent in the Portland Headlight Museum and a volunteer in the Portland Headlight Museum Shop. She served as trustee and was twice president of the Delano Park Neighborhood Association. She also co-authored a comprehensive history of Delano Park entitled "The History of Delano Farm and Delano Park." Marion was also an accomplished abstract artist and painter who always found inspiration in the stunning natural beauty of Maine. A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend, Marion will always be fondly remembered for the kindness with which she treated everyone she encountered, her selfless generosity and her passion for life.
    The Guthrie family would especially like to thank the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine, Maine Medical Center Emergency Room personnel, and the people of Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough for their extraordinary kindness and demonstration of professional excellence. We are most grateful.
    Visiting hours will be held at Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland on Monday, June 18, between 2 and 4 p.m. and between 7 and 9 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Bartholomew's Church in Cape Elizabeth on Tuesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth. Following the Mass and interment, the family is inviting friends and relatives to a reception at Portland Country Club in Falmouth Foreside.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marion’s memory to the American Cancer Society or the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. 

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