July 1 2019

Obituary: Lifelong Volunteer and Woman of Faith Marion Braley-Freeman, 99


A longtime Burlington resident who spent many hours volunteering for local organizations and her church passed away in mid June. 

Marion E Braley-Freeman (Welch), daughter of Frank W. and Lillian C. (Brauer) Welch, passed away on June 19, 2019 at the age of 99, her obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home says. 

Born in Woburn on December 18, 1919, she moved to Burlington with her family in August of 1925. Marion attended Burlington Grammar School through grade 8 and Lexington High School from Grade 9 through grade 12, graduating 1937. She was a post-graduate at the New Burlington High School prior to attending office machine school in Boston. 

After graduation she worked for the NYA as Manager of The Union School Cafeteria and then The War Price & Rationing Board during WWII. At the end of the war she went to work for BX-BS in Boston, where she stayed for 15 years. Toward the end of this time, she became Secretary to the Underwriter. 

In June of 1954, she married Loring H. Braley of Fairhaven.

She retired in 1960 but did not want to be idle. After a few years of retirement, she worked at various times for American Mutual Insurance, The United Church of Christ, Congregational in Burlington and the MITRE Corporation. She also served as secretary to the Burlington Conservation Committee and the Burlington Water Commission.  

During the years she served on several boards and committees in the church, taught Sunday School, led the Young Peoples’ group and served as President of the Ladies Benevolent Society.  In this capacity she chaired many church fairs and church suppers.

In the early 1950s she and several friends became involved, through the legion auxiliary in volunteering as an “Orchid Lady” at the VA Hospital in Bedford.  During her time there, she accumulated 1,000 hours as a volunteer. Marion was also President of the Legion Auxiliary. Locally she was a member of the Burlington Grange, Girl Scouts, 4-H Club member and currently is a member of The Burlington Historical Society and a Member of the Burlington Razzle Dazzle Red Hats.


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