Marion Shriver Abell, 37, teacher at Hunt's and Jemicy schools

October 25, 1997

Marion Shriver Abell, a former educator and Glyndon resident, died Thursday of a stroke at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Ky. She was 37 and suffered from cancer.

Mrs. Abell was a teacher at Hunt's School Inc. in Riderwood from 1982 to 1986. She also was a member of the faculty at Jemicy School in Owings Mills from 1987 until 1991, when she moved to Louisville.

"She took these dyslexic kids and proved that they could succeed. She was tough, positive and committed," said Stephen Wilkens, former Jemicy headmaster.

"Because she had suffered from a slight reading disorder herself, which was eventually diagnosed, she really connected with those children. She made quite an impact on those kids," said her sister, former tennis star Pam Shriver of Brooklandville.

After moving to Kentucky, Mrs. Abell continued working with children and adults, teaching them to read and write.

She also was active with cancer support groups and the River Fields Conservation Group, an Ohio River environmental group.

She was born Marion Shriver in Lutherville and was a 1978 graduate of Garrison Forest School. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1982 from High Point (N.C.) College and a master's degree in education from Towson State University in 1988.

An outdoorswoman, Mrs. Abell and her husband, Irvin Abell, a lawyer, enjoyed hiking, fishing and horse riding at their ranch in Absarokee, Mont.

She was also an avid Orioles fan.

Services are planned for Monday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville.

Mrs. Abell was a communicant of St. Mark's-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church, 1620 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, where a memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Nov. 3.

In addition to her husband and sister, survivors include her parents, Samuel H. Shriver Jr. and Margot K. Shriver of Glyndon; another sister, Eleanor K. Shriver of Brooklandville; and her maternal grandmother, Marion B. Ketcham of Coronado, Calif.

Memorial donations may be made to Garrison Forest School, 300 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills 21117; Jemicy School, 11 Celadon Road, Owings Mills 21117; or St. Marks-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church.

Pub Date: 10/25/97

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