A bright light in the world went dark on Sunday March 19th - Marion "Gunky" Craig Morrison passed peacefully surrounded by her husband and their three children following a cardiac event the prior week.
Marion was full of energy and her smile, laugh, and gorgeous blue eyes lit up any room she entered! She loved her family with all her heart and focused her life on her children, her husband, her many nieces and nephews, and her late parents.
If one was forced to do the impossible task of defining Marion in one word it would be "nurturer". She was passionate about taking care of her family, friends, and strangers. This was often done through food as she was an amazing cook both at home and in several professional venues. She was an incredible hostess of dinner parties, a caring provider of food for sick friends, and indoctrinated her children almost from birth in cuisines from around the world.
In addition to cooking and taking care of her family and friends, Marion loved to travel. Since becoming "empty nesters", she and her husband Scott spent extended time in Paris (which she regarded as her second home) and traveled multiple times to Florida, Montana, Brooklyn, and the Bahamas. She had also recently recommenced her study of the cello, something she had done as a child and a passion she shared with her late father.
Marion was born on September 3rd, 1961 and spent much of her childhood in Jamestown, RI, except for two years from ages 7 to 9 in Paris. Due to her limited French when she moved there she attended third grade twice. For the rest of her life she would happily blame any shortcomings on the fact that she never attended fourth grade! She went to high school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan and moved back to Paris to attend The American University in Paris. Following graduation she remained in Paris and worked in tourism arranging travel itineraries for visiting Americans in Paris and other parts of France. She and Scott met in Paris in 1990 and were married in Newport, RI, in 1994. They moved back to RI later that year spending a year in Middletown, RI, before moving to Brooklyn, NY. The most important events in her life occurred when Alexandra was born in 1997, Jacqueline in 2000, and Anthony in 2003. She and Scott moved their family to Little Compton, RI, in 2007. She loved her adopted community that welcomed her and her family so warmly.
She is survived by her husband, Scott; her children Alexandra, Jacqueline, and Anthony; her siblings, Grenville, Vernon, Valentine (Hitchner), Guy, Diana, Gloria (Von Stolk), Franklin, and Francesca; and over thirty nieces and nephews; and several grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Valentine Craig, and her brother, Edward Jr.
She received amazing care at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, MA, during the nine days she spent there. The family would like to particularly thank ICU nurses Jordan, Michelle, and James for their incredible professionalism and empathy which made an a very difficult time a little better.
Her family also thanks the Little Compton fire and police departments and the Tiverton fire department for initially saving her life.
In lieu of flowers, her children ask that contributions be made to "K9s for Warriors" www.k9sforwarriors.org. Services will be private. Her family will hold a celebration of her life this summer
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