Marion Ramsey Morris Wood died September 17, 1992 at the age of 85.
Born in Salt Lake City, the daughter of Emma Ramsey, a prominent Utah singer, and George Q. Morris, an apostle and Salt Lake Businessman. Marion graduated at 19 from the U. of U. with honors before going to Europe where she received a degree in the Cours de Civilizacion and studied singing and acting. She performed in French with La Petit Seine Classic Theater and upon returning to Utah became a professor of French at the U. of U. Moved to New York where she pursued a career in journalism with Esquire Magazine, then became a concert manager with David Rubin for her dear friend Grant Johanessen and gave many concerts of french art and folk songs with him before returning to her first love of acting. Marion had a long and successful career performing on Broadway and in Summer Stock in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with Burl Ives and Rip Torn, "Time Out For Ginger" with Melvin Douglas, "Bells Are Ringing" with Hal Linden, "Music Man" and many others. She created the starring role in "Clandestine of the Morning Line" on the Washington stage.In 1964 she married Herman L. Wood, a senior partner with Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell, and returned to Salt Lake City. He preceded her in death in 1982. She performed with Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony in the "Witch of Endor" at the Tabernacle. Marion and Herman traveled extensively. She was very involved in the Symphony Guild, the Assistance League, the Pioneer Theater, the Opera Guild and was active in the LDS Church, giving dramatized book reviews. She was a charming, animated and witty lady beloved by her extensive family.
Survived by her sister, Gabrielle Margery
Morris Woods; niece, Robin Woods, both of Salt Lake City; niece and nephew, Linda and William Kidd of California; stepson, Kimball Wood and wife, Geraldine of Oregon; their five children and the three children of her deceased stepdaughter, Sondra Wood Close and Melvin Close of Nevada. She was beloved by many other friends and family including Ralph and Pauline Robinson, also of Oregon.
Friends may visit family at the viewing Sunday evening, 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South. Funeral service Monday, Sept. 21, 1992 at 12 noon, Monument Park 20th Ward, 2795 Crestview Drive, where friends may call one hour prior.
Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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