Bingham, father of her five children, Mark, Susan, Annie, David and Elizabeth (Betsy). After living in married housing at Indiana University and later Michigan State University until her husband completed his Ph.
from Sarah Lawrence College at the age of 41.
After a move to Rochester, NY, Marian was active in the civil rights movement, and it was no surprise that her first job there was Educational Supervisor at the Baden Street Settlement in the inner city.
Together they moved to Massachusetts, where Marian became the Executive Director of Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. Active in the community, she volunteered at the Samaritan suicide hotline and on the Religious Education Committee at the Andover Unitarian Fellowship.
Her interest in religious education led to a position as Director of Religious Education. Following a move to Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Marian worked as a Social Worker in an Adult Day Health Care Center.
Her final job before retiring was the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Church of New Bedford. In Fairhaven, in their 1835 historic home, she and Ed hosted the Captain Delano House Bed and Breakfast.
In Carbondale, she volunteered for LIFT-UP, the Unitarian Fellowship, as well as in the elementary and middle schools. After September 11, 2001, Marian organized The Hysterical Society of Carbondale, “for the preservation of laughter and good times,” which is an ongoing group of women who meet monthly for lunch.
There was nothing Marian enjoyed more than travel, and she was fortunate to see much of Europe, Canada and the United States with her sister Jean, her husband Ed and sometimes on her own. She traveled solo to Africa and Saint Lucia in her 80s! Other interests included reading, cooking, entertaining, listening to jazz and enjoying visits from family and friends.
Marian leaves behind her children, Mark Bingham of Breaux Bridge, LA, Susan Scofield (John) of Katonah, NY, Annie Ward of Boulder, CO, Dave Bingham (Lisa) of Hailey, Idaho, and Betsy Bingham-Johns (Dwight) of Carbondale, CO. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Marian’s motto in life was “Pick yourself up.
Dust yourself off and start all over again” and she wanted everyone to know that it was a great journey and she departed with gratitude and curiosity.