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Williams-Brazier members honors oldest member

By Beth C. Ames | Nov 19, 2020
Photo by: Beth C. Ames From left are Auxiliary Unit 37 members Beth Ames, Inge Robinson, Marion Stone, Michelle White and Rose Woodward

Thomaston — The Williams - Brazier Unit 37 American Legion Auxiliary of Thomaston honored their oldest member Nov. 1.

Marion Stone, age 95, has served more than 25 years as a member of Unit 37, and was the treasurer for nearly half of those years, proudly caring for the unit’s finances with her accounting.

In the mid-1940s, Marion’s husband Lewis A. Stone trained in Del Rio, Texas, then was sent to the Philippines to serve as a weatherman for the Army Air Corp (as the U.S. Air Force was not established at the time). Marion remained in the area and continued to work.

In 1989, Marion and Lewis replaced their family home in Thomaston with their retirement log home. It was shortly after this that Lewis joined the American Legion, Williams-Brazier Post #37 in Thomaston.

Marion joined the American Legion Auxiliary a few years later. Marion saw that her sister-in-law, Celia Stone Wallace, was an active member and advocate for the work of the organization. This led to Marion joining the Auxiliary and becoming a dedicated member of the “service not self” organization, supporting and serving veterans and their families.

Marion’s husband, Lewis, passed away in 2004, but Marion continued to dedicate her service the American Legion Auxiliary family. Marion is proud of her two daughters and one son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two spoiled cats.

Marion’s vision has become compromised, and she uses a magnifying glass to keep up with news and events to stay informed. Marion also has hearing loss, but that does not deter her much.

Marion has always been willing to help and has served at many bean suppers, collecting money at the door and carefully reconciling the till at the end of the event. Marion’s chocolate cakes were, and still are, a staple at the monthly baked bean suppers of the American Legion. In the past few years, Marion’s daughter has stepped in to help with the baking of these delicious cakes as well as collecting money at the door.

Since the pandemic restrictions, Marion has not been able to attend meetings, but she continues to provide cakes for suppers and stays informed with written summaries and minutes of the meetings mailed to her as well as through her daughters, who pass on messages.

Marion continues to live in her log cabin home with family keeping a close watch. With permission of the family, the Auxiliary went to Marion’s home for a visit on her front porch.

It was with great pleasure that they were able to present Marion with a certificate of appreciation for her dedication and service. She was given a Past Treasurer’s ribbon and an Honorary Life Membership certificate.

The Williams-Brazier Unit 37 American Legion Auxiliary wishes Marion well, that she stays safe and they look forward to celebrating her 96th birthday in January.

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