Marion A. (Lemlin) Lampke-Stella, affectionately known as "Bumpsy," fearlessly faced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma twice in the last 15 years. When the cancer returned six months ago, Marion confronted it head-on and decided to focus on living life to the fullest, choosing to forego frequent visits to the ER and hospital stays. In the weeks leading up to her final moments, Marion was overwhelmed with visits from countless friends and family members, prompting the need to schedule times to ensure she wasn't overbooked. The table overflowed with cards of praise and love, competing for space with beautiful flower bouquets.
Marion continued to radiate her vibrant spirit. She hosted yet another memorable SG girls night at her home, savored the sea air in Narragansett one more time, and shared a heart-warming moment with her granddaughter as she got off the school bus in Wakefield. On Mother's Day weekend, Marion treated herself to a haircut to touch up her signature purple highlights. She received a blessing from her cousin, Father Tim Lemlin, and enjoyed the company of a full house, filled with more visits and grandchildren spending the night. Her last days were filled with the joyful sounds of music, stories, readings, hand-holding, and laughter, surrounded by her closest cousins, Dot, Donna, and Diane, and her sister, Kathleen. As in every aspect of her life, Marion passed away on her own terms, following her daily update on the state of the gardens from her dear friend Anna. In her own room, Marion found solace, a quiet moment, with Wren safely upstairs, while listening to Ness on the phone with Pete and Jason, discussing the future.
Marion's love and legacy will forever endure through her children, Jason and Vanessa, and their spouses, Maria and Peter. Her grandchildren, Wrenano, Tommy, Candela, Eva, and Ivy Lou, will forever cherish their Grandma's joyful memories. Her devoted sister, Kathleen "Bunny," and her nephew and niece, Sean and Heather, along with their families, will remember Auntie Bumpsy as the welcoming and radiant light in their lives.
Marion's "enthusiastic" cheers at sporting events resonated throughout various venues, from Budlong and CLCF to countless ice rinks and soccer fields across New England, as well as Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, and TD Garden. While her family apologizes for any uncensored mutterings overheard during these events, Marion's unwavering support for her favorite teams and players was evident to all. Marion poured her passion into tending her ever-changing garden, guided by pride and determination. There were no borders between her garden and her neighbor Anna's, a bond that flourished over more than 50 years. Their shared love for gardening and nurturing created a lasting connection, resulting in the creation of a hybrid plant named Maggie, and its offshoot, Ivy.
For over 15 years, Marion was an integral part of a tightly-knit book club, comprising friends, sisters, daughters, and mothers. They hosted gatherings, shared stories, listened attentively, and collectively wove new tales. Marion treasured these moments of connection and storytelling with this special group of women. Marion embarked on regular trips to Spain, where she created treasured memories with her grandchildren and the Argüelles-Foix family. These experiences exposed her to new cultures and adventures, forging lasting bonds between their families.
Marion feared nothing and no one. She fearlessly confronted injustice and nurtured kindness and graciousness in others. Marion encouraged everyone to have high expectations of themselves, skillfully conveying her thoughts through subtle words and bold looks. Her memory will be forever cherished with love and respect. True to her character, Marion passed away on a Friday, having put in a full work week. The good people at Shuster Group, North Star, Medport, Halifax Floral, A&F, MLS, and Gorham will undoubtedly struggle to find another bookkeeper as dedicated and committed as Marion. Upon completing her work, she would celebrate with a well-deserved drink and shared laughter.
Marion held love for all in the Lemlin, Lampke, Stella, and Rowey families, as well as the Capabianco, Maine, Harris, Barry, Blanchett, and Handfield families.
To all “you people” who had the privilege of knowing her, Marion truly was "The One," and any other idea is “just asinine”. In her honor, please support Badass Bravery through sharethemomentum.com and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, causes dear to Marion's heart.
The family expresses special thanks to Dr. Horan and Roxanne, Dr. Butera, and the compassionate teams at RI Hospital and the Cancer Center. Gratitude is also extended to the Hope Health CNAs and nurses who made Marion's wish of staying in her home until her last breath possible.
In accordance with Marion's wishes, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00am in St. Matthew Church Cranston.