MARILYN E. DOLLIVER

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:15 p.m.

MARILYN E. DOLLIVER MANSET – Marilyn Eva Dolliver, 65, of Manset, an organist, musician and music teacher, died Jan. 24, 2004, after a long illness. She was born May 10, 1938, in Manset, the daughter of Rudolf and Minnie (Mitchell) Dolliver. Marilyn began playing the organ for the Manset Congregational Church at age 11. Two years later, the Rev. Robins Thatcher, Rector of St. John Episcopal Church drew Marilyn to play at the local Episcopal Church and Marilyn also started organ lessons with Arthur Honeychurch in Bar Harbor. Upon graduation from high school, Marilyn left Mount Desert Island for the Julliard School of Music in New York City where she studied the organ and developed her love for baroque organ music. For nearly 15 years she directed choirs and played the organ at several churches and synagogues in the New York City area. Marilyn also worked in a biological research laboratory at Bellevue Hospital as a researcher and co-authored a book about mollusks before returning to Mount Desert Island in the mid-1970s. Upon her return to Manset, she took a position at the Jackson Laboratory. Marilyn also resumed her place at the organ bench at St. Andrew and St. John to serve as the church’s music director and organist for almost 25 years. She also taught piano and organ to many students of all ages, cofounded the Teahouse Trio, and developed a significant library of organ music at St. Andrew and St. John Episcopal Church. In addition to her musical accomplishments, Marilyn loved working at the Abbe Museum, spinning, dying wool with natural dyes, weaving, knitting, reading widely, her cats, visiting covered bridges in New England and Canada, collecting Native American baskets, and traveling with friends. Marilyn is survived by her sister, Arlene Spurling of Southwest Harbor; nephews, Steven Dolliver, David Spurling, Gary Spurling, and Robert Spurling; several great-nieces and great-nephews; her two cats, Randolph and Peanut; and many friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Russell Dolliver. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. John Episcopal Church, 315 Main St., Southwest Harbor, with the Rev. Ann Kidder officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westside Food Pantry and the Mary Dow Center.

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