Obituary of Marron Honigman
Marron passed away peacefully on April 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California after battling a three month illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Jane Spencer of Duluth, Minnesota, and her sister Laurie. Marron is survived by her husband, Stanley, of 18 years and her brother Mark Spencer and his wife (Cathy) of Bozeman, Montana.
Marron was the eldest of three children. Throughout her life, her family was most important. Every Christmas, her family would gather to celebrate together. Many of those get togethers in the early years were skiing retreats which they all enjoyed in the Rockies. Later, the family gathered wherever her parents were living.
Marron’s family also had a summer lodge near Duluth. It was named Mik-E-Nok and was one of ten lodges that made up the Winneboujou Club. She was a descendant of A. M. Marshall and her family bought the lodge in 1925. Her father became President of the Club and Marron was the current Vice-President. Last summer she helped organize a Marshall family reunion with more than a hundred descendants and a summer high school girl reunion.
As an elementary student, Marron attended the University of Minnesota Duluth Laboratory School where she met her best friend Lynette Balmer in the 5th grade, then went onto Woodland Jr. High, and graduated from Duluth East High School in 1964. Marron then attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where she became a member of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. She graduated earning a teaching credential and moved to California accepting a teaching position in the Los Altos School District. Marron taught elementary school for 22 years, and transferred to Blach Intermediate School for an additional 22 years where she taught algebra and any other level of math necessary to have her students succeed. After school activities included cross country, track, student dances, and math competitions. She developed and ran a very successful leadership program for many years at the junior high. She “retired” from the District three years ago but then immediately accepted a part time position where she continued to teach leadership and then yearbook.
Of Marron’s many passions, the most rewarding was time spent with her students. She was an inspiration to so many of her students as she made those school years a fun, rewarding experience. She told stories, danced, sang while teaching during class and then opened her classroom to all during lunchtime. It was a safe retreat for all students, including those with physical or social issues. Marron’s encouragement and support to all were often life-changing for those students.
She used her school vacations organizing 8th grade student trips to Washington, D.C. along with side trips to Gettysburg, Mt. Vernon, and Jamestown. Thousands of eighth grade students over the years went on these trips. If there were financial issues, she would offer “scholarships” so no one felt left behind. She also chaperoned trips to Yosemite and Disneyland.
Marron loved running, Soul Cycling, flowers, and animals, and spent many hours rescuing animals and giving to their shelters. She was currently active in orchid societies being President of both the Cymbidium Society of America and Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers.
Marron will be laid to rest with her parents and sister near the family lodge in Brule, WI.
Donations in her memory may be made to her passions. The Marron Honigman Memorial Fund at Blach Middle School, 1120 Covington Rd, Los Altos, CA or to the Cymbidium Society of America (www.cymbidium.org)
A celebration of her life will be held at Blach Middle School on Saturday morning, June 2, 2018 at 10:30.