Marian “Claire” Robinson Salmond, beloved wife of the late William A. “Bill” Salmond, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the age of 93 only a month short of her August 29th birthday.
Born in 1925 to Marian and John Q. Robinson in Montclair, N.J., she grew up excelling academically and musically to become a gifted pianist. She began her education at the select College High School, an educational experiment of Montclair State College. This is where she met the love of her life before entering Vassar College where she received her B.A. in Philosophy and Mathematics. Their love for each other was undeterred by the war. Upon Bill’s return they tied the knot and eloped on October 25, 1947 even before receiving her college degree. Together they first settled in Upper Montclair, began raising their three girls and gave back to their community by leading in both The Montclair Junior League and The Community Chest. They relocated to Bethesda, Maryland when Bill began his service with the Veterans Administration. Claire spent years working for the Montgomery County Public School System as an elementary school teacher and an expert in early childhood curriculum development. A lifelong learner herself, Claire continued her education and received her Master’s Degree from The University of Maryland and a PhD in Early Childhood Education from George Washington University. After successful careers, they both retired to the next chapter of their lives on Amelia Island. They continued to share their busy lives and many talents contributing to their new community until Bill passed away on January 23, 2015. Claire was a member of her investment club and for a short time presided as president. As long time members of the Amelia Plantation Chapel Claire was proud of Bill’s role in the addition and renovation of the Chapel. She was also a member of the Alter Guild and shared her gift with words as the “ace” writer of encouraging messages to friends in need, which accompanied the beautiful flower re-arrangements designed by The Petal Pushers and delivered by none other than The Pedal Pushers.
She leaves behind her three daughters Elise Elliston and her husband Robert of Martha’s Vineyard Island, MA, Cynthia “Cindy” Hogeman and her life partner Al Moses of Hummelstown, PA and Margaret “Jackie” Landry and her husband Bob of Leominster, MA; her brother Jack Robinson and his life partner Addie Vogel of Cranford, NJ; eight grandchildren Dagny Elliston of Salem, MA, Heather Elliston of Falmouth, MA and William “Casey” Elliston of Martha’s Vineyard Island, MA, Kim Hogeman and her partner Bruce Keith of Columbia, PA, Allison Carr and her husband Ryan of Plain City, OH, Megan Baker and her husband Logan of Harrisburg, PA, Taylor Landry of Leominster, MA and Jackson Landry of Leominster, MA; four great grandchildren Weston, Maddox and Josephine Carr of Plain City, OH and Oliver Baker of Harrisburg, PA; and her two loving Coton de Tulear dogs, Lili and Nana.
Services will be at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at The Amelia Island Plantation Chapel with Reverend Don Edwards officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Kenya Partners Mission School (HIV / AIDS orphans) c/o Mrs. Diane Hamerick, 95132 Amalfi Drive – 1C, Amelia Island, FL 32034 www.kenyapartners.com