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Marion R. (Gilchrist) Stanley

March 3, 1923 ~ October 31, 2021 (age 98)


Poestenkill - Marion R. Stanley, 98, died Sunday, October 31, 2021, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Albany, she was daughter of the late Alexander Gilchrist and Olga Harrison Gilchrist and wife of the late Henry (Hank) Stanley, Jr. She was raised in Albany and resided in Poestenkill for most of her life. She attended Philip Livingston High School. 

Marion retired in 1996 from New York State Workers' Compensation after nearly 20 years as a Senior Accounts Clerk (Supplemental Benefits Unit). Early in her career, Marion was a hairdresser and owned her own beauty shop and later owned her own bridal shop. She also owned and operated the IGA Foodliner in Nassau, NY with her husband. 

Marion loved her dogs, cats, and the family's horses and supported Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and Steve Caporizzo's Pet Connection. She enjoyed her quilting club with her friends, taking drives with her dog Mandy, talking with her granddaughter about her favorite singers, bands, & figure skaters, and traveling, especially her recent trips with her daughter and granddaughter to Savannah, Georgia and Laval, Quebec, Canada (she got her first passport in 2018!), the Adirondack and Vermont mountains, and beach hopping up the East Coast. She loved her friends, family and her house on the farm. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, bright and vibrant personality, and loving heart.

Survivors include her daughter, Victoria A. Lachaga, son-in-law, Philip Lachaga, her granddaughter, Kristina Lachaga, her niece, Carol A. Barber and extended family. She was predeceased by her son, Henry (Hank) A. Stanley and her brother, William Gilchrist.

Relatives and friends may call at the DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 4392 NY 150, West Sand Lake on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 11AM - 1PM with a funeral service to follow at 1PM. Face covering and social distancing are required if not vaccinated.

Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery Wynantskill.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Marion R. Stanley to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204 or Pet Connection c/o WTEN, 341 Northern Boulevard, Albany, NY 12204.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marion R. (Gilchrist) Stanley, please visit our floral store.


November 6, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Inc.
4392 Route 150
West Sand Lake, NY 12196

Funeral Service
November 6, 2021

1:00 PM
DeGraaf-Bryce Funeral Home, Inc.
4392 Route 150
West Sand Lake, NY 12196


Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
3 Oakland Avenue, Menands NY 12204

Pet Connection c/o WTEN
341 Northern Boulevard, Albany NY 12204

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