Marie Chesson Hinton died in her Paonia home at the age of 96 on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015. She was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to Robert Lee Chesson and Lillie Francis Harrison.
A gifted pianist, Marie attended UNC Greensboro and Meredith College where she studied piano and English. After completing her degrees, she married H. R. Hinton Jr. They lived briefly in NYC before returning to Rocky Mount where she taught piano both privately and in schools. She and H.R. were happily married, though not without sadness. They lost a son, Hugh Roland III, when he was but four, a lingering loss. A welcome daughter, Donna, was born to H.R. and Marie in 1953. H. R. died in 1993, and Marie moved west to live with Donna in 2002.
Marie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Mitchell Gershten, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, and by many, many, many friends, human and animal.
A celebration of her life will be held May 23 at 3pm at her residence in Paonia. The date of a graveside service in Rocky Mount will be announced.