Thursday, July 13, 2017
Marilyn Bates Casey of Brattleboro, Vermont, a former Westport resident, died July 2 at home. She was 68.
She was born in Jonesville, Louisiana, and then moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where her father, J.P. Bates, devoted his postwar career to NASA.
She graduated from Huntsville High in 1967 and she always loved to share stories of her friends and exploits from those years.
She went on to graduate from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1971, and remained an avid lifelong supporter of Crimson Tide football.
after graduation, she moved to Boston where she met her husband, Bart Casey. Together they pursued their futures in Mexico, Vermont, Boston, New York, Atlanta and England before settling in Westport as a base for 24 years starting in 1990.
In Westport, she was a tireless advocate for her children with the daunting Westport school system and a fearless den mother. Finally, in 2014, she retired with Bart to beautiful Brattleboro in southern Vermont, where she enjoyed green mountain views and outstanding health care during her final years.
Along the way, she loved to surprise strangers with her astonishing water skiing skills, often leaving onlookers speechless. She completed all her coursework for a Master of Industrial Engineering degree at Georgia Tech (with honors), but was too busy with te family move to London to make the oral presentation for the diploma.
Then, during countless visits to Paris while her husband visited for work in the 1990s, she became warmly welcomed by Parisian mothers as an equal (no mean feat for an American).
And she particularly loved her memorable vacations horseback riding in Maui, visiting her ancestral clan castle on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and going to the tennis championships at Wimbledon many times over the years.
She is survived by her husband, Bart, and her three children, Matthew, Lauren and Michael — as well as her brother James Paul Bates of Huntsville, Alabama, and his children (her niece and nephews): Katie, Christopher, Josh and Sam.
In lieu of condolence cards or flowers, please hug your loved ones and remember to appreciate every moment you have together with them. Carpe diem.
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