SARANAC LAKE — Marion Kimball Daby, of Greenwood Apartments, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 at her home in Lake Placid.
She was born on July 19, 1913 in Mineville, the daughter of Herbert Lee Kimball and Ethel P. Kimball.
She graduated from Lake Placid High School Class of 1931; Mount Sinai School of Nursing, New York City in 1936 as an R.N.; did post-graduate studies at Teacher’s College, Columbia University; Brooklyn Visiting Nurse Association; Mt. Morris Tuberculosis Hospital and at SUNY Plattsburgh.
She was supervisor at Mount Sinai in Pediatric and Surgical Pavilions and then as Hospital Night Supervisor until her return to Lake Placid. Mrs. Daby did Public Health Nursing for Essex County, was Resident Nurse for the Lake Placid Club, taught home nursing for the American Red Cross, was office nurse for Dr. George Hart, and worked as a certified school nurse-teacher at Lake Placid Central School until her retirement in 1975.
In 1979 Marion became involved with senior housing and processed applications for residents in The Greenwood, which opened in 1980. She was The Greenwood’s first resident. She then went on to become manager and later served as a social services and activities director for several years.
Marion has been an active lifetime member of the Adirondack Community Church; Nursing Educational Memorial Fund, serving as president; former member of Lake Placid Garden Club, serving several terms as secretary; and member of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. She was a grassroots Republican, life member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association and a member of the Lake Placid Senior Citizens and AARP. She enjoyed reading, world travel and her family.
Marion married Francis A. Daby in Delmar on June 17, 1943. Her husband died on Feb. 2, 1964. Her close companion of 21 years, John P. Clancy, died in January 2001.
Marion is survived by two sons: Kimball W. Daby (and his wife Patricia) and Gary F. Daby; four grandsons: Kimball F. Daby (and his wife Heidi), Mark W. Daby, Francis N. Daby (and his wife Julia) and Gary Daby II (and his wife Emily); three great-grandchildren: Maeve Daby, Anabell Corwin and Eben Daby, all of Lake Placid, and Gary Daby III, of Bloomingdale.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Adirondack Community Church with the Rev. Mark Demers officiating. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in North Elba Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake.
Friends wishing to remember Mrs. Daby may make memorial contributions to the Adirondack Community Church in care of the funeral home or the Nursing Educational Memorial Fund in care of Lorraine VonDell. Family and friends may also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome. com.