VINALHAVEN – Marion T. Pendleton, 84, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at a Rockland nursing home. Marion was born July 10, 1920, in Vinalhaven and was the daughter of Merle E. and Jennie (Gray) Tolman. She attended Vinalhaven schools graduating as Valedictorian, Class of 1938. She then spent a year in Waltham, Mass. where she was educated in food service. She lived her entire life on Vinalhaven except for the year in Waltham. On Aug. 26, 1945, Marion married Silsbee “Penny” M. Pendleton, a handsome young soldier back from the War. They set up housekeeping in Vinalhaven raising two daughters. Marion was exceptionally talented at everything she did. An expert seamstress, she made most of her daughters’ clothes. She made quilts, crocheted, embroidered, upholstered furniture, and also was an outstanding cook making the most wonderful apple pies and breads. When she was in her sixties, she took up oil painting. She loved to read and on most days she could be found taking a long walk. She taught Sunday school for many years at the Union Church of Vinalhaven and also was a member of the church circle, working at the church suppers until she was unable to do the work. Marion ran a 4-H Club for several years and served as a volunteer at the Pleasant River Chapel. She held jobs at the B&M Fish Plant, Fish All Bait Company, Carver’s Market, wallpapered with Dot Tolman; and worked for Senior Spectrum when she was in her late sixties and early seventies helping senior citizens with housework. Taking care of her family was always most important to her. Surviving is her husband of 59 years, Silsbee M. Pendleton of Vinalhaven; two daughters, Eileen Sherburne and her husband, Reggie, of Orrington; Betsy Walsh and her husband, Gordon, of Vinalhaven; four grandchildren, Teresa Madrid and her husband, Tom, of Derby, Kan.; Michael Sherburne of Orrington; Eric Walsh of Quincy, Mass.; and Megan Day and her husband, Kenneth, of Vinalhaven; great-grandchildren, Cassandra and Celina Madrid; Macey Sherburne and Devon Lee; Polina Walsh and Douglas, Jackson and Kyra Day; two brothers-in-law, Roscoe Pendleton of Greenville, S.C.; and Emery Pendleton of Islesboro. She will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews, and close friends, especially the ladies from her coffee club. She was predeceased by her parents, Merle and Jennie Tolman; her sister, Ethel Wooster and her husband, Joel; a brother-in-law, Lester Pendleton and his wife, Margaret; a sister-in-law, Grace Pendleton; and her mother-in-law, Florence Pendleton. There will be no funeral as Marion requested. A graveside service will be held in the spring on Vinalhaven. In keeping with Marion’s love of reading, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Vinalhaven Public Library, Vinalhaven, ME 04863 or the Union Church, Vinalhaven, ME 04863.