Washington, D.C. — Marion (Cronin) Brown, 91, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2013, in the Knollwood Military Retirement Community, where she lived after the passing of her husband, Earl V. Brown, in 2004.
Born in Haverhill on April 17, 1921, she was the daughter of the late J. Leo and Charlotte R. Cronin. Marion was a graduate of Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pa., and became engaged to Earl, who was a graduate of West Point Class of 1941. As war engulfed the globe, Earl was assigned to the Middle East Theater and then fought in the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. On the home front, Marion taught high school history in Andover while obtaining a master's degree from Boston College.
Reunited and married in 1946, Marion and Earl set about raising a family that grew to four children. Together, they served in posts in Washington D.C., Heidelberg and Frankfurt, Germany and Ft. Lewis, Washington. Marion was actively involved in Army Wives' support organizations.
In 1969, after Earl retired from the Army, the couple settled in Boxford, where they launched a second, full post-Army life. They were active in the community and political life of the North Shore as Earl became counsel to Merrimack College. Marion was a leader in the Ladies of Merrimack, was active in the American Association of University Women, the Voter’s League, as well as working for local and state political candidates.
Marion is survived by her children, Earl V. Brown, Jr., Charlotte Randall, William Cronin and Ellen W. “Heidi” Hughes; three grandchildren, Katherine King, Tristan Hughes and Mallory Brown; two great-grandchildren, Journeyann and Waylon King; and her devoted brother, J. Leo Cronin, Jr.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 20 in the Linnehan-Grondin Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are welcomed to attend. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Marion’s name to the J. Leo Cronin & Charlotte R. Cronin Friends of Merrimack Scholarship, c/o Merrimack College-O1, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA. 01845. Interment will be privately held in the St. James Cemetery, Haverhill following the service.
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