Marian Morse Swan, aged 93, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, after a brief stay in hospice.

Born Marian Evalyn Morse in Scranton, Pa., April 26, 1925, to Huhn Raymond Morse and Mildred Norris Morse, she moved at an early age to Philadelphia with her mother and later attended George School in Newton, Pa. She often spoke fondly of her time there, traveling from Maine to reunions. She went on to study nursing at Pennsylvania Hospital and then became a nurse at New York Hospital in Manhattan, where she met her husband, Roy Craig Swan Jr., a resident physician.

She and her husband had three sons, Craig and twins Kyle and Brian. Early in her marriage, she traveled with her husband by passenger freighter with sons 5 and 2 years of age in tow to England and lived in Cambridge for a year before traveling through Scandinavia and Europe to Yugoslavia, where they boarded a freighter for home, stopping in Tunisia and Morocco on the way. She loved her time in England and was able to return later in life.

After her children were grown, she pursued her passion to become an actress, studying in New York City with Stella Adler and Uta Hagan. She performed on stage off-Broadway in Equity productions and in regional theaters in New York and Pennsylvania; on TV in soap operas ("The Guiding Light" and "Ryan’s Hope"); and had small roles in feature films including “Three Days of the Condor” with Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway; “Serpico” with Al Pacino; “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams” with Joanne Woodward; and “Witness” with Harrison Ford. She taught acting at Wiest Barron Studios in Philadelphia.

Her other creative passions included gardening (she worked magic with houseplants); stenciling (she became an accomplished artist); needlepoint and knitting (of which her children have many fine examples). She was active in the Rockland Shakespeare Society, serving as its president, and was a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. She was very interested in politics and ran for Maine Senate in 2005. An avid reader, she always had a fine novel to lend.

She was a dear lady and wonderful mother and grandmother, admired by all she came in contact with for her grace, kindness, charm and empathetic ear. Up to the end of her life, she remained independent, living on her own and driving herself to do errands.

She was predeceased by her mother, Mildred, and stepfather Carleton Gordon, award-winning Gordon Handweavers, Bucks County, Pa., and is survived by her three sons; R. Craig Swan and partner Carol Bastian, Palos Heights, Ill., Kyle Swan and wife Julee Johnson, Rockland, Brian Swan and wife Cynthia Swan, West Rockport; granddaughter Laura Swan Sieckman and husband Ryan Sieckman, Elgin, Ill; and step-grandson Julian Loo, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

A life’s celebration will be held at the Broad Cove Church, 87 Pleasant Point Road, Cushing, Saturday Sept. 8, at 11:30 a.m.