Obituary: Marjorie Riddell Wilson, mother of Darien resident
Marjorie Riddell Wilson, 88, of Meadow Ridge formerly a New Canaan resident for over 52 years died peacefully Saturday, April 9, with her loving family by her side. Born in Hartford, on Oct. 11, 1927 she was the daughter of the late John Baird and Margaret Greenland Riddell. Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by her husband James L. Wilson who died in 2014.
Mrs. Wilson began dancing at a very young age and was a graduate of the University of Hartford’s esteemed Hartt School of Music. An accomplished ballet dancer and singer, Marjorie was a cast member of the 1947-1949 Tony award winning Broadway show — High Button’s Shoes — starring; Eddie Foy Jr., Nanette Fabray, Phil Silvers, choreographed by Jerome Robbins. She sang in the church choir for many years and taught dancing and ballet. She was very active in her younger days in the New Canaan Women’s Club as well as many other activities and organizations in New Canaan. She enjoyed traveling, painting, drawing, needlepoint, and knitting.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by her daughter, Donna Wilson Swigart (Mark) of Sandy Hook, three sons, J. David Wilson (Sandra) of Darien, John K. Wilson (Kathleen) of Wilton, and Robert B. Wilson (Julia) of Lexington, Virginia. Nine grandchildren also survive.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by her sister Janice Riddell and granddaughter Jamie Wilson.
Services and burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Fairfield County Chapter: www.alz.org
For online condolences visit www.hoytfuneralhome.com