A Hudson Valley Life Well Lived Marie Louise “Risi” Saunders by Andrew Revkin

“The Hudson River Valley and town of Philipstown have lost a cherished presence with the passing of Marie Louise “Risi” Saunders. Born November 10, 1915, in New York City, Risi died in her sleep on April 7, 2012, at the age of 96. She was a quiet influence and inspiration in hundreds of lives through several generations, not through any single accomplishment but through her graceful way of living in harmony with the land and seasons and her habit of happily blurring the line between family and community. Through her annual community Easter egg hunt and class visits by students in the lower grades of Garrison’s elementary school and St. Philips Nursery School, Risi introduced countless children to the beauties of farm life. As Christmas approached, angels and wise men came to the farm for the St. Philips Living Nativity Christmas pageant. The only time Risi ever failed to welcome people into her home came each year at this event as she played the role of innkeeper and, in stoic tones, told Mary and Joseph, “I’m sorry, there’s no room at the inn – you’ll have to sleep in the barn.”  Marie Louise Goebel Saunders came of age in…”

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