M arian H. Brace, 90, passed away on Monday, Jan/ 9, 2012 at the Indian River Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Granville, New York after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Marian was born on September 13, 1921 n Ansonia, Conn. On June 6, 1953 she married the love of her life, Clarence L. Brace, Jr., in Hudson Falls. They moved to Wells and remained lifelong residents.
Marian was employed for most of her career at the Indian River Nursing Home in the Activities department, retiring in 1988. She was a member of numerous organizations throughout the area including the Order of the Eastern Star in Pawlet, Vermont, the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North American in Rutland, Vt. and the Wells Volunteer Fire Department, where she worked the monthly breakfasts and Bingo whenever possible. She was an active member of the Wells Methodist Church, playing the organ for many years. Her avid participation and determination to make the church rummage sales a success earned her the nickname “Iron Horse”. As members of the Modern Woodmen of America, Marian and her husband worked in the food booth during the MWA Carnival in Wells each August for over four decades. For many years Marian ran the MWA Junior Service Club, striving to give numerous local children a strong sense of community and volunteerism while under her leadership.
She had a knack for any kind of sale, drawing large crowds to the teacup auctions and penny sales she held at the Woodmen Hall; her success at having tag sales and her enthusiasm for attending them earned her the name “Queen of Tag Sales” by her family.
To indulge her love of books and reading, Marian worked at the Wells Village Library for a few hours each week until her health failed in recent years.
Marian was predeceased by her husband Clarence, on January 10, 2010, and her daughter, Cathy A. Wade, on April 2, 2010.
She is survived by her son, Mark and his wife, Patricia, of Wells; grandsons, Brian Brace and his wife Shannon, of Black Mountain, NC and David Rathbun and his wife Liz, of Whitehall, NY; granddaughters, Gretchen Stranahan and her husband John, of Queensbury, NY and Alicia Davis and her husband, Todd of Fort Ann, NY and seven great-grandchildren.
At Marian’s request, there will be no calling hours.
Graveside services will be held at the Wells Cemetery, Wells, Vt. in the spring.
It was Marian’s wish that any memorial contributions be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens, Rd., Pittsford, VT 05763.
Marian’s son and daughter-in-law would like to thank the staff on B wing, doctors, nurses and aides for the care and kindness shown to Marian while she was a resident at Indian River. They would also like to extend a special thanks to Ann Schinski for the extra help given them on Marian’s behalf, and to Martin Traverse who, in a true gesture of friendship, provided constant comfort and companionship to Marian in her final weeks.