Marion Briney Pinkerton
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Marion Briney Pinkerton
  • September 18, 1919 - November 22, 2016
  • Lynchburg, Virginia

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Marion Pinkerton died peacefully on Nov. 22, 2016, at Westminster-Canterbury, Lynchburg VA. She was 97 years old. Marion was preceded in death by her beloved husband, and best friend, David C. Pinkerton, and a sister, Dorothy B. Schulz of Pittsburgh PA. She is survived by the loves of her life, her children -- Nancy Regan and husband, David; Tom Pinkerton and wife, Becky; Ginny Lundeen and husband, Carl; Chuck Pinkerton and wife, Deb; 9 beautiful grandchildren, and 14 amazing great-grandchildren. Along with her immediate family, she leaves behind an extended family of friends, and caregivers, all of whom are filled with kindness.

Marion graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in June 1940 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She belonged to the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She and Dave married in June 1940. They lived in Schenectady NY, Syracuse NY, and moved to Lynchburg VA in 1959 with the General Electric Co. She was very proud to have been an original member of Lynchburg Suburban Women's Club, and was instrumental in organizing The Rivermont Senior Center, where she was often seen preparing and serving lunches to attendees. She was an active member of AAUW, P.E.O. sisterhood, Girl Scouts of America, and St. John's Episcopal Church, where she served on vestry, altar guild, and Episcopal Woman's Club.

Marion was happiest when she was teaching life skills. Marion loved every aspect of the outdoors and the natural beauty of the earth. She instilled the love of nature not only in her family, but in a generation of Girl Scouts. After her own girls were grown, Marion acted as a trainer for Girl Scout troop leaders, served as president of the Virginia Skyline Girl Scout Council, and later, she invited interested Girl Scout troops to learn to sail at her Smith Mountain Lake cottage. Marion was a passionate sailor, and boater. She loved to travel, loved swimming, hiking and camping, and was an avid tennis and bridge player.

Marion spent her entire life working to make her little corner of the world better. She will be missed.

She and her family are grateful for the life and care she had while living at Westminster-Canterbury in Lynchburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster-Canterbury of Lynchburg, Virginia Skyline Girl Scout Council, the Appalachian Trail Club, or a charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced.