Marion Wright Raymond
NEW SCOTLAND — Marion Wright Raymond, a woman who spent her life caring for the people and world around her, died from heart failure on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Hospicare of Thompkins County. She was 93.
Mrs. Raymond was born on Jan. 26, 1921 in New York City. She is the daughter of Thomas and Elsie Wright of Chappaqua, New York.
Early in her life, she developed an interest in the natural world, and often took walks in the neighboring countryside. She attended Horace Greely School in Chappaqua before completing the Russell Sage College Nursing Program, graduating with a bachelor of science degree and registered nursing certification.
On Aug. 2, 1942, she married Robert Raymond, a doctor from Albany.
“During World War II, while Dr. Raymond served with the United States Army in the South Pacific, she worked as a nurse at Albany Hospital with the Visiting Nurse Association, caring for many homebound patients,” her family wrote in a tribute.
After Mrs. Raymond and her husband moved to Unionville in New Scotland, she served on the board of Albany Planned Parenthood, the New Scotland Historical Society, the Dana Natural History Society, the Friends of Schuyler Mansion and many Bethlehem Central School District committees.
Mrs. and Dr. Raymond “were enthusiastic gardeners, and reforested many acres of their farm. They advocated a healthy lifestyle and, after moving to Ithaca in 1997, they walked and snowshoed in many local parks,” the family wrote.
Mrs. Raymond is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Matsui, and her husband, Yas; sister-in-law, Terry Boyd; grandchildren, Timothy Matsui, Johanna Matsui, and her husband, Mark Storch, Jessica Scofield, and her husband, Jon, and Sarah Knowles; nieces and nephews Bonnie Boyd, Nancy Merryman, James G. Boyd, George Wright, Douglas Wright, Peter Wright, Jeffrey Wright, and Bill Wright, and their families.
Her parents, as well as husband, Robert Raymond, died before her, as did her children, Susan, William, and Carol, and nephew, Thomas Wright.
Celebrations of her life will be held on Friday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. at Kendal at Ithaca, 2230 North Triphammer Road, and Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street, Albany.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Finger Lakes Land Trust, 202 E. Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 and Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, 855 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206.