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Marion P. Chapman

Published: 4/10/2021 3:00:13 AM
Modified: 4/10/2021 3:00:12 AM

WEST LEBANON, NH — Marion Phoebe Kimball Chapman went gently into that good night on April 6, 2021 at age 96. A lifelong West Lebanon resident, Marion was the daughter of Merlin A. Kimball and Florence (McFadgen) Kimball. In October 1949 she married Paul Raymond Chapman, her “babe.” They were happily married for 37 years, and Paul continued to refer to her as “my bride.” Marion is predeceased by her husband, her parents, brothers Merlin Jr., Richard, and his wife Evelyn, brother and sisters-in-law Clifton and Josephine Chapman, and Betty Ann Weldon. She is survived by her daughter Amy Chapman Stebbins, grandson Benjamin Stebbins, Clyde & Margie Chapman, and scads of nieces & nephews.

Born in 1924, Marion lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the advent of flight and space flight. Proud of her Scottish heritage and thrift, her wedding gown was from Filene’s Basement, and cost $10.

Throughout her life, Marion worked to help others. She was a 50+ year member of the International Order of the Kings Daughters and Sons; a 50-year member of the Rebekah’s, serving in nearly all the positions at one time or another. Marion performed every job at the Congregational Church at West Lebanon except preaching the sermon or playing the organ. It was HER church and that is where she stayed. As a mother, she was always supportive, even if she wasn’t entirely sure she liked the idea of her daughter playing trombone... Girl Scout leader, Jr. Kings Daughter leader, Jr. choir mom, camp counselor - even if the outdoors wasn’t her thing.

Most importantly, Marion was a life-long reader and devotee of literature in all its forms. Her ten years spent as a librarian at Dartmouth College’s Baker Library were an adventure every day. One of four Marions at the library, she was known by her middle name, Phoebe. Her young daughter often thought her mother was awfully nice to people who couldn’t even get her name right!

Memorial Services will be held Monday, April 19, at 11:00 A.M. at the West Lebanon Cemetery. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Memorial contributions can be made to the West Lebanon Congregational Church or the Lebanon Public Library Foundation.

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