Marianne Hamilton Durgin

Marianne Hamilton Durgin, born January 11, 1932, died peacefully on August 17th at the home of her daughter in Huntersville, NC.

Born and raised in Maine, Marianne lived most of her adult life in Belmont, Massachusetts, spending summers on Martha’s Vineyard.  Marianne and her husband Frank Durgin (deceased 2016) bought land in Aquinnah and built a Mondrian-inspired house on Moshup Trail. 

Marianne graduated from Wellesley College in 1953 and was married the same day.  She also earned a graduate degree in Library Science from Simmons after raising five children.  She worked for many years at the Wellesley library. 

She loved to make jam from berries she picked herself, which her family enjoyed and which she sold to support the Ladies Aid on Chebeague Island in Maine where she and Frank summered after retirement.  She and Frank spent the winter months during retirement in Largo, Florida, where she was also known for her incredible sugar-free apple pie.  

She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, and watch the Red Sox. She had a quick wit, and a warm heart. 

She was the daughter of Emery C. and Alice Smith Hamilton. Emery was raised on Chebeague and Alice taught school there for a bit after they married.

She is survived by her five children, (John Durgin (Joan), Jane Hoffmann (Arnold Hoffmann), Laura Corl (Willie Corl), Sally Wrang (Michael Wrang), and Frank Durgin III (Jane Gillham)), thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 

Marianne Durgin's memorial service - a celebration of her life - will be at 11 AM on Saturday, October 19, at the Methodist Church. There will be a catered lunch at 1 at the parish house. All welcome to come and share a memory and join for lunch. There will be a bus meeting the 10:15 boat (probably making a couple trips) to get people to the church.

Donations in Marianne’s memory may be made to The Recompense Fund, c/o Maine Community Foundation  •  245 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 0460.

Click here for photos of their 60th Wedding anniversary June 15th, 2013