Marion Draffan Wisdom
September 24, 1925 ‒ April 21, 2017
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.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Wisdom family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch her tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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