2002-02-06 / Obituaries

Marcia Favrot

Marcia Favrot, an artist, teacher and philanthropist who made many of her donations anonymously, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital of New York City. The cause was cancer; she was 54 years old.

A resident of Garrison, New York and formerly of New York City, Marcia was born June 30, 1947 in Houston, Texas, daughter of Laurence Harrison and Johanna de Kanter Favrot. She attended St. John’s School in Houston, received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1969, a Masters degree in History of Art from the University of Denver, and a degree from the Gestalt Institute in New York. Marcia subsequently taught art history and practiced art therapy. Her overriding passion was her own artwork; she exhibited her paintings in Virginia, Colorado, and Texas.

Marcia served as chair of the Board for the Johanna A. Favrot Trust for Historic Preservation since its inception in 1996 and was a board member of the Favrot Fund for 25 years. An ardent conservationist, she was a supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Open Space Institute, Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, and Manitoga. She was involved in her community with the Garrison Arts Center, the Alice Curtis Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library, the Philipstown Depot Theater, Garrison Union Free School, and the Poughkeepsie Day School. Marcia was also a member of the Lady Bugs, a girls and moms camping group.

Marcia is survived by her husband, Daniel Anderson; daughter, Amie Rose Anderson; sisters Celestine Arndt of Los Angeles, Romelia Favrot of Houston and Jeanette Favrot Peterson of San Diego; and brother Laurence deKanter Favrot, MD, of San Diego.

Her life will be celebrated at St. Philips Church in the Highlands in Route 9D in Garrison on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, Marcia’s family requests that donations be sent to the Marcia Favrot Memorial Fund at Open Space Institute, 1350 Broadway, Suite 201, NY, NY 10018. The funds will be used to restore a large gazebo overlooking the Hudson River and renovate a historic trail that leads from Garrison’s Landing up to existing state trails and park land west of Route 9D. The trail and gazebo will be named in honor of Marcia Favrot at a memorial service to be held in the spring. "This is one gorgeous earth," she wrote in September 2000, one month after she was diagnosed with cancer. "The sun is bright, the sky is blue, the air is a blessing to breathe. Friends are the flowers of living next to one another, and family is the trunk from which we grow."

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