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News - February 20, 2013

Obituary: Marianne Gallion was Army nurse in World War II

Marianne T. Gallion died peacefully on Jan. 9 at home, surrounded by her family. A resident of Atherton for more than 60 years, she was 90.

Born in Greybull, Wyoming, Ms. Gallion was raised in Butte, Montana. She graduated from St. John's Hospital Nurse Training School in Helena, Montana, and joined the Army as a nurse during World War II. She served on several converted troopships in the Pacific theater, providing medical care to wounded soldiers.

It was on one of these vessels that she met her future husband, Joseph Gallion, a staff officer in the Merchant Marines. After the war , they were married and lived in San Francisco before moving to Atherton.

Ms. Gallion was a consummate cook, adroit bridge player, founding member of the Lady Luck Investment Club, and a lover of outdoors, say family members. In later years, she traveled the world.

Ms. Gallion is survived by children Susan Gallagher of San Anselmo, Randall Gallion of Atherton, and Kipling Gallion of San Antonio; siblings Jean Yakawich of Butte, Montana, and Fred Frick of New Rochelle, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Gallion, in 1986 and daughter, Lynne, in 2001.

Plans are pending for a celebration of Ms. Gallion's life. Donations may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, a local hospice, or a favorite charity.

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