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Marilyn Andrews

August 10, 1929 — September 13, 2022

Marilyn (Lynn) S. (Thowless) Andrews of Saranac Lake, NY passed away on September 13 in

hospice, at home with her family at her side. Daughter of William H. and Marjorie Thowless,

married to George J. Andrews for 67 years prior to his death in 2018, and mother of four.

She is survived by her children: Glenn Andrews of Tupper Lake, NY, Gregory Andrews and his wife, Dawn Andrews of Addison, ME, Sue Andrews and her partner Becky Warren of Pepperell, MA, and Robert Andrews of Saranac Lake, NY, as well as her grandchildren and great

grandchildren: Nicole Curtin, her husband Patrick and daughter Harper in Long Lake, NY and

David Andrews, his wife Kaylee and daughter Kinsley of Phoenix, NY.

Lynn was born in Englewood, NJ and raised in Bogota, NJ and enjoying summer residences at

her grandmother’s tea and garden shop “Garden Brook” in Woodbury, CT, attending Bogota

High School and then worked as a secretary in the banking industry with daily commutes on the

ferry across the Hudson River to Wall Street. Lynn and George married in September 1951 and

lived in New Milford and Westwood, NJ where they started their family before moving to “Pine

Tree Farm” in River Vale, NJ where they welcomed two more children and began a 20+ year

operation of the garden and nursery there.

After George’s retirement, they moved to Shohola, PA, then to Tupper Lake, NY enjoying travel

to Alaska and many points in the US. They cruised through the Panama Canal, a trip long-

promised by George, having traveled there with the Army when transiting to the Philippines in

1945. In 2010, they moved to Saranac Lake, and enjoyed living at Saranac Village at Will


Lynn will be remembered for her dedication to her family, community, and friends: a supporter of the scouting, sporting, acting, adventuring children and grandchildren she treasured; An active

member of the Trinity Reformed Church in Old Tappan, NJ; a founding member and volunteer

of the WildCenter in Tupper Lake; a seamstress and quilt-maker independently and with the

Raquette River Quilters; a Meals on Wheels volunteer; the candle-making specialist for Project

Alfalfa; and noted in the River Vale neighborhood as the source of popular candy apples on

Halloween. Lynn loved nature, beginning with her experiences as a Campfire Girl in her youth,

and every step out the door had the potential to become a nature walk, whether noting bird

songs, trees, plants, or flowers. Lynn’s more recent past times included reading books and

poetry (her favorite: Trees by Joyce Kilmer) and crossword puzzles, as well as walking and the

many activities available at Will Rogers.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. A celebration of Lynn’s life is being planned for 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 22 at Saranac Village at Will Rogers. In lieu of flowers, and with thanks to these organizations, donations may be made to the following: Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association ( and High Peaks Hospice ( in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

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Saranac Village at Will Rogers

78 Will Rogers Drive, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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