This was mentioned in comments at TDL yesterday and I felt it deserved more attention. Our beloved Marianne Matthews – has passed. Reported by Maggie’s Farm this past Friday, it seems that Marianne died about a month ago.
Marianne was, so often at least to me, the heart & soul of the Lex Community. She was incredibly well-educated at a time when women didn’t go to college; she held several high-powered jobs in publishing. Her first fiance was killed in WWII and I don’t believe she ever shared more than that about him. She never had children yet – she was a mother-figure to so many of us.
I had been exchanging emails with her in the months since we lost our Beloved Lex and the last note I had from her indicated she was having some health troubles. She never specified what – which was like her of course. And in that last e-mail she did, as always, talk about politics and her concerns for our country.
A patriot to the last.
Her husband – Downs – is 87 and now in a nursing home.
By all means, go to the link for Maggie’s Farm. They have an audio recording of a folk song that Marianne performed back in the 1950s – the title of which is the title of this post; I didn’t know this but she was quite a prominent folk singer in the 1940s/1950s. I was listening to it as I typed this and her voice – so pure and sweet – told me she is with her Lord … and with Lex.
Raise your glasses to this great lady – for strength, for courage, for love. I will raise a glass of Woodfords Reserve bourbon – which I know she would have done for Lex.
Godspeed Marianne. You were a wondrous spirit to have known.