Marion Draffan Wisdom

September 24, 1925 ‒ April 21, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  In every season of her life, Marion Draffan Wisdom was gracious, with a quiet demeanor. Her character and conduct, though reserved, always communicated confidence and accomplishment.

A woman who “lived life to the fullest” passed away Friday afternoon April 21, 2017 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, the health care facility her husband once presided over. She was 91.

Born September 24, 1925 in Chicago, IL to George L. and Eleanor (Black) Draffan, she attended Simmons College in Boston, MA.

She opened The Book Shop in downtown Mansfield, but only operated it a few years: she met a young man on a hay ride who would become her husband, Philip L. Wisdom, and she sold the shop to marry him.

In her younger years, Marion was an active Girl Scouts leader, accomplished equestrian, and extensive traveler. She was an avid  skier and tennis player. Marion enjoyed playing bridge and gardening, and was always supportive of her husband’s work in the community.

Lovingly referred to as “Aunt Mamie,” she was in her element while entertaining. She made her grandfather’s home a showpiece, and enjoyed sharing it.

Marion was a member of First Congregational Church, Westbrook Country Club, Mansfield Art Center, and Kingwood Center.

She is survived by her son Philip D. “Flip” (Dawn Miller) Wisdom of Mansfield; grandchildren Maya (fiancé Logan Seaman) Wisdom of Mansfield and Trent Wisdom of Mansfield; brother-in-law David (Audrey) Carto of Mansfield; sister-in-law Barbara Draffan of Copley; nieces and nephews including Duffy (Carolyn) Carto of Mansfield, Tom (Laurie) Carto of Cincinnati, Amy (Scott) Crislip of Mansfield and Terry Carto of Charlotte, NC; and dear friend Roger Coulton of Mansfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband Philip L. Wisdom on September 15, 1991; her daughter Eleanor H. “Ellie” Wisdom on May 2, 1982; brothers Spencer Draffan and James Draffan and a sister Frannie Carto.

Friends may call Tuesday April 25, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Contributions in her memory to Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center or Kingwood Center may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Dear Flip and Family.
    Growing up on the Farm was only more special because of all of you with us. Mamie was at the very center of that. She was a listener – and as a kid (and sometimes adult) who loved attention – she had ample of it to give. Matt and I will always remember her kindness to us and the brunch she threw after our wedding. Hosting both of our families and friends as if they all belonged in her beautiful home! And, I’m especially grateful to her for the friendship she shared with my mom. May she find peace with all those who she lost before and extend that peace to you in your hearts now.
    With love & courage,

  • To the family of Marion Draffan Wisdom. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. John 5:29.

  • Our sincere sympathy is extended to Marion’s family. Mansfield has lost a gracious lady, let alone, The Cleveland Indians having lost a loyal fan. It was an honor to have served and known her. She has left a fine legacy.

  • Ellie & John Leonard
    We just heard of the passing of Marion Wisdom.
    Our condolences to the Wisdom family. She was an exceptional woman who we got to know for a very short time, but in that time we grew to respect and felt we became friends.
    Everyone at Sea colony thought the world of Marion and we can can only add our name to the list of those that had the utmost respect for her.
    Rest in Peace, one very special lady.

  • To the Wisdom, Black/Draffen, and Carto Families,
    Please accept our prayers and sympathies for the passing of Marion. Her legacy was profound on the Richland County community.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Dear Flip and family
    We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family .
    Marion was always an Lady and so kind and thoughtful. She never had a negative word to say.
    We have missed her in the past years since she has not been down to Sea Colony.
    You all have been very blessed to have her for a Mother, Grandmother, Mother-in-law …and all her other family.
    I hope you will soon come to know that-
    “Sorrow is not forever. ..Love is.”
    God Bless you all.
    Dave and Bonnie Thelen and family

  • Flip, we are just now hearing of your mother’s passing. We are so very sorry. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    God bless you all and may He give you the comfort and peace that only He can give during times like this…
    Tim and Barb