Margueritte Hamon Piper 1925-2021
Margueritte Hamon was born in Norma, Tennessee on March 14,1925 while her mother was visiting family there. Marge’s parents, Bill, and Lola, lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Marge grew up during the great Depression. She graduated from Withrow High School just prior to the United States’ entrance into World War II. Following high school, Marge worked as an Arthur Murray dance instructor and a bookkeeper at Cincinnati Bickford Tool Co. After the war ended, Marge and her fiancé “double dated” frequently with Robert “Bob” Piper and his dates. When Marge’s engagement ended, Bob let little time go by before he called on her. After their first date, he told his parents that he had met the girl he was going to marry. He was correct about that, and they were married on April 14, 1948. In their next 59 years as partners, Marge and Bob welcomed three children, traveled extensively, moved frequently, shared many adventures, and turned their passion for art and antiques into a business as they neared retirement age. Determined to extend her education, Marge completed college in her 40’s. Over the years, she bought and sold real estate, remodeled houses, was an expert appraiser of antiquities and taught elementary school at St. Mary’s in Hamilton. After Bob’s death in 2007, Marge lived alone at The Knolls of Oxford with the belief that Bob’s spirit was always with her. Marge possessed a good sense of humor; an appetite for road trips and ice cream; a love of reading, dogs and fresh flowers; unconventional taste and strong opinions. Many of her family’s best loved memories occurred during one of her picnics or around the holiday table. Her love of antiques and her keen eye for a deal were passed on to her children. She was a loving mother, always ready to lend a hand and giving her children the freedom to develop as they desired. Marge is survived by her children: Linda, Robin, and Bonnie— each of whom was her favorite. She was blessed to know grandchildren Laura, Luke and Andrew and doubly blessed to meet her great-grandchildren Lola, Leonardo, and Quinn. Over time, she was happy to make Nancy, Arnie, Jason, Christopher, Sera, Mitch, Max, Leo, Stephanie, Helen, Stacey, Walker, and numerous furry friends’ part of her ever-growing family. We are grateful for all that Marge has left as a vibrant legacy for us and for generations to come.
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