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Marian Pratt Brisbane October 23, 1936 - December 15, 2020

Marian P. Brisbane

Marian was born in Manhattan, New York to immigrant parents on October 23, 1936. Her father Robert Gardiner was from Glasgow, Scotland and her mother Marjorie Duggan was from Meenacladdy, Ireland.  Robert and Marjorie had 4 daughters, Elizabeth (Betty), Marjorie (Marge) Marian and Esther.  The Gardiner sisters were orphaned young when Marjorie passed away in 1941 and Robert in 1944.  It would be 25 years before all four sisters would be together again.   Marian always longed to have a picture of her mother.  Years of searching finally paid off and not only did she obtain pictures, she traveled to NYC and Ireland to meet many of her “lovely” Irish relatives.

Marian and sister Marge grew up in Brooklyn, New York in foster care. Her love of books and libraries began in High School, where she was a library aide.  In 1954 Marian graduated from Erasmus Hall High School.  After high school she began a career of book keeping and administrative work at the New York Telephone Co, and New York Life Insurance.

Her love story with her beloved Donald began when her sister Marge’s boyfriend Ken suggested she write to his brother who was stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma, as a PFC in the US Army.  Once Donald returned home to Brooklyn, NY he met Marian at a New York Life Insurance company dinner dance, held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Two years later the two sisters married the two brothers. Ken and Marge married May 4, 1957 and on November 2, 1957 Marian and Donald were married.

Their family of two grew to a family of five with the birth of their three children Susan, Robert and Nancy.  They moved out of the City and lived in Croton-on-Hudson until 1978. Don took a work transfer with the telephone company so they packed up all their belongings in a moving van and drove the family across the country to Spokane, Washington. Don and Marian called Spokane home for 31 years. Once again, they packed up all their belongings and headed to Meridian, ID. The diagnosis of ovarian cancer came in 2008, and after grueling treatment she had a little over a year of remission.   Treatment began again in the winter of 2011 at Mountain States Tumor Institute. (MSTI) The MSTI staff became a second family to Marian and Don. When Marian was there for treatment, she always wanted to know about all of the staff’s lives and families.  She said it was like visiting all her friends.  Marian fought her ovarian cancer for 12 years.  She passed away at home surrounded by family on December 15, 2020.

Marian’s commitment to her 63-year marriage and large extended loving family was extremely important to her, due to the circumstances of her being orphaned at such a young age. Faith and family were two of the most treasured things to Marian.  She often used a phrase, “Be careful how you live, you may be the only bible some people read.”

Mrs. Marian P. Brisbane, formerly of Spokane WA, Croton-on-Hudson, NY and Brooklyn, NY, died on December 15, 2020 in Meridian, ID

Born October 23, 1936, in New York, NY.   She was the daughter of the late Robert and Marjorie (Duggan) Gardiner.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald Brisbane and her children, Susan (Jim) Livingston, of Lacy, Washington, Robert (Wendy) Brisbane of Spokane, Washington, Nancy (Tim) Cowles of Boise, Idaho, grandchildren, Jeffrey (Michelle) Livingston, Ryan Livingston, Heather (Jeremy) Stuart, Robert (Tonya) Brisbane and Brian (Makenzie) Brisbane, Tyler, Emma and Daniel Cowles.  Great grandchildren, Austin, Jacob, Gavin and Evelyn Livingston, Lina and Savannah Moore, Mathew and Dylan Livingston, Jordyn, Kennedy, Mackenzie and Hudson Stuart.  nephews, Kenneth (Megan) Brisbane of Nashville, TN and Keith (Lynne) Brisbane of Frederick, MD and foster siblings, Philip Bailey and Toni Ruggerio of NC

She is preceded in death by her sisters Rose Milligan, Betty Johnston, Marjorie Brisbane, Esther Sperbeck, niece Lisa Brisbane and grandson Michael Livingston.

Private services will be held 11:00 am on Friday, January 8, 2020

Chaplin Ron Wilde of St Luke’s will officiate the service

Interment will be at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

To watch the service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/498502460

To watch the committal service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/498519120

Chaplin Ron Wilde of St Luke’s will officiate the service

Interment will be at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to St. Luke’s Hospice (stlukesonline.org) or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.

Private services will be held 11:00 am on Friday, January 8, 2020

Chaplin Ron Wilde of St Luke’s will officiate the service

Interment will be at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

To watch the service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/498502460

To watch the committal service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/498519120

Chaplin Ron Wilde of St Luke’s will officiate the service

Interment will be at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

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    Carolyn Hayes says

    I remember Marian as such a sweet and kind person. I still put up Christmas ornaments that your family gave to Missy and Brian. My prayers are with all of you

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      Nancy Cowles says

      Carloyn,
      Thank you for your kind words about my mom. She loved your family very much. I hope you are all doing well. Love, Nancy

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