Virginia Beach Friends Meeting House, 1537 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach – Margaret Scott “Muff” Mariner
Margaret Scott Mariner, 57, known to most as Muff, a childhood nickname that stayed with her throughout her life, died peacefully on October 9, 2009 from cancer. She leaves behind a daughter Mara Ellen Lee, 27, a son Donald William “Billy” Lamb, 21, younger brother Roger Mariner, twin brother Mark Mariner, older brother Bill Mariner, her partner Bob Titcomb and an extended family and close friends who loved her very much.
Muff was an artist, a teacher, a loving mother and a great friend. She touched many lives through her kindness and her ability to bring out the best in others. She taught art, pottery and American Sign Language at Virginia Beach Friends School for fifteen years. After leaving Friends School in 2007, Muff worked on developing her painting style, showed and sold her artwork and had begun teaching again at the Eastern Shores Own Art Center, ESO.
Her art room and her home were places of peace and beauty where everyone felt welcomed. Her generosity and loving nature drew many to her. Muff’s strength came from her irresistibly magnetic love of life, her love of the ocean and her passion for art. She said, “All my life, I’ve gone back to doing art of some kind. I love the smell of oil paint and the smell of fresh air.” In everything that she did, her artwork and her connections with other people, Muff made the world a more beautiful place. She taught others how to love.
Muff shared everything, her time, her talent, her home, with ease and grace. She will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held on October 24, 2009, 2:00 PM, at the Virginia Beach Friends Meeting House, 1537 Laskin Road. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the International Deaf Education Association www.ideadeaf.com or IDEA, P.O. Box 20715, Billings, MT 59104 and notes of remembrance can be sent to the family at 7209 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
Cremation Society of Virginia, Hampton Roads office is assisting the family. Online condolences can be made at www.cremate.org.