Buzzards Bay - Marjorie F. (Tatlow) Mann, 88, died peacefully at home with family by her side on October 8, 2019.
Marjorie was the daughter of the late Harold E. (“Bing”) and Marjorie A. (Hammond) Tatlow. She was born in New Bedford and was a lifelong resident of Onset and Buzzards Bay. “Sis”, as her family called her, loved the family homestead in Point Independence where she was raised in a large extended family headed by her grandparents, I.C. Hammond and Ethel (Cushman) Hammond, and also included her aunt, Ethel E. Hammond. As a girl she was active in Teen Town and won a beauty contest at Onset Beach.
Marjorie graduated from Wareham High School and attended the School of Fashion Design in Boston where her capstone project was the designing and sewing of her own wedding dress which remains in the family today. In her younger years, as a waitress, she enjoyed winters in Florida with her friends and working at the White Rabbit in Wareham. The hostess there, Millie Bailey, told a certain customer, a cranberry grower named David, “Have I got the girl for you!” They fell in love and were married on New Year’s Eve in 1958 at the family homestead.
They began their life together on the cranberry bogs, living at the end of a mile-long dirt road with a hand pump for water and an outhouse. During one blizzard, when David was away in the Navy, her uncle, Robert Hammond, snowshoed in to bring her and her infant daughter supplies. Each autumn after the harvest, the screen house was decorated with huge branches of colorful leaves and friends gathered for a square dance. In the winter, it was skating parties with bonfires on the flooded, frozen bogs.
After a while, they built themselves a new home overlooking Little Buttermilk Bay and moved in with their two children, Susan and Gordon. Their third child, Keith, was born soon after and their family was complete. They enjoyed meeting new neighbors, boating to the sand spit, days at the beach, riding motorcycles, playing bridge and tennis. But this time in their life was met with great sadness as they lost their son Gordon after a five-year battle with leukemia.
The couple became members of the cranberry growers’ cooperative, Ocean Spray, and they were also active in Farm Bureau. They traveled around the country to attend meetings and participated in trips to such places as Alaska, China, and South America. As David expanded his business to include a pick-your-own strawberry farm, Marjorie managed the harvest operation at Back Acre Farms in Taunton and Middleboro. She created signs, advertising, methods of parking cars and directing the throngs of people who were lined up at the gates in the early morning hours to pick the delicious berries fresh with dew.
Marjorie made the holidays, family gatherings, and neighborhood parties memorable with her culinary contributions. She was especially well-known for her baking and pies. She added an artistic touch to all she did and enjoyed handwork projects such as knitting, quilting, sewing, and chair caning. She also made Nantucket lightship baskets. She was a member of the Aptucxet Garden Club.
Marjorie is most often remembered as a hard-working, energetic, caring and generous person. She was happiest doing hard physical work around the homesteads - mowing, raking, hauling brush, tackling overgrown bittersweet tangles, and undertaking countless projects inside and outside the house. She would take great pleasure in helping out anyone who needed a ride, even if it meant driving out of state. Besides caring for the family homestead, she was a dedicated caregiver for all of the extended family members who were in need whether it was from illness, injury or aging.
In her later life, her grandchildren, Maggie, Jillian and Avery, were Marjorie’s greatest delight. In their younger years, they spent countless days with their grandmother. She entertained them with carriage rides, car rides, bicycles, baking, beach-going, books, art projects and delicious foods. As they grew up, she drove them to their activities. And the growing family, including her son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Jackson Gillman and Monika (Appel) Mann, shared lovely holidays together.
In her final years, Marjorie spent many happy hours with her family, friends, and cats. Her favorite place was her home where she would enjoy photo albums, coffee ice cream, her yard and the surrounding wildlife, especially the birds.
Grace, humor and gratitude for her caregivers and loving family marked her final days. And at the age of 88, she died peacefully in her home with her family at her side on October 8, 2019.
She is survived by her husband David B. Mann, daughter Susan Mann of Onset, son Keith Mann of Buzzards Bay, and grandchildren Magdalene Mann, Jillian Gillman, Avery Gillman, and brothers Hal Tatlow of Buzzards Bay, and William Tatlow of East Wareham. She was the mother of the late Gordon Mann and sister to the late Ervina Maki, Ethel Bump, Anne Newcomb and David Tatlow.
Visiting hours are Tuesday, October 15 from 4-7 pm at Chapman, Cole & Gleason, 2599 Cranberry Highway. Funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, October 16 at the funeral home with burial to follow at Long Neck Cemetery, Onset. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to VNA of Cape Cod Hospice, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601or Alzheimer’s Family Support Center, 2095 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631.