Muriel D. “Babs” Anson

May 30, 1921 ‒ November 23, 2007

Marion, Ohio

Muriel D. “Babs” Anson, age 86, of Marion and formerly of Somerset, NJ, went to be with the Lord early on Friday morning, November 23, 2007, at the Marion Manor Nursing Center following a brief illness.

She was born on May 30, 1921, in Saranac Lake, NY, one of thirteen children born to Syriac and Marietta Dupree. After graduating from Saranac Lake High School in 1941, Babs became a telephone operator in Saranac Lake. Upon learning that General Electric in Schenectady, NY needed women to assemble radio transmitters in their defense plant, she and five other women from Saranac Lake moved to Schenectady to replace the men who were called to World War II. Babs performed this work because she felt an obligation to support her four brothers who were defending our country. The work at GE was hard work and required long hours.

When the men returned from World War II, Babs gave up her job so returning veterans would have jobs. At that time, Babs returned to Saranac Lake and worked as a telephone operator.

On June 1, 1945, she married Dean T. Anson of Lake Placid, NY who had returned from World War II where he had participated in the landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Dean and Babs moved to Malone, NY where Dean entered Clarkson College to study electrical engineering. While at Clarkson they had two children, Dean II in 1947 and a daughter, Robin in 1949.

After graduating from Clarkson in 1950, Babs and Dean moved to South Bound Brook, NJ and Dean worked in the New York City area until his death in December, 1984. Babs moved to Marion in April, 1985, where she lived until her death.

Babs enjoyed gardening, volunteering for people in need and caring for her family. She was a loyal member of the Epworth United Methodist Church for over 22 years.

Babs had a strong unquestioning faith in God which helped her both get through difficult and happy times in her life. Her daily prayers were for her family and people in need.

She will be missed by her daughter: Robin (Richard) Rick of Marion, Ohio; her son: Dean T. (Betty) Anson II of Laconia, NH; five grandchildren: Richard (Cari) Rick III of Columbus, Ohio, Leigh Rick of Boston, MA, Dean “Robie” Anson III of Brooklyn, NY, Russell (Brianna) Rick of Waldo, Ohio, and Adam Anson of Morrisville, VT; three great grandchildren: Porter and Emalyn Rick, and Richard Rick IV; and her sisters: Marie Fogarty and Betty Doyle, both of Saranac Lake, NY.

Including her husband and parents, Babs was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Her family will greet friends on Tuesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 249 E. Center St., Marion. A service to celebrate her life will follow immediately at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Max Williams officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Lake Placid, New York.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Babs’ name to the Epworth Children’s Garden Fund at Epworth Preschool and Daycare, 249 East Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302.

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