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Marilyn Travis, 84, New Canaan Volunteer

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Marilyn Keyes Travis of New Canaan died May 12 at home. She was 84.  

A resident of New Canaan since 1995, Travis was involved with the Newcomer's Club, Garden Center, Senior Center and Women's Club

Born Jan. 18, 1928, in Owego, N.Y., she was the daughter of H. Lynn and Martha Dailey Keyes. She graduated from Weylister Junior College for Girls in Milford in 1947 (Weylister later merged with the University of Brideport) and worked for IBM in Endicott, N.Y., until 1950. 

She married Robert J. Travis in 1950 and moved to Norwich, N.Y., where her three children were born. The family moved to Stamford in 1965. Travis worked for Nestle for 21 years, managing marine insurance and international shipping claims. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, serving as den mother for the Cub Scouts, snowshoeing at the cabin and boating on Long Island Sound.

After moving to New Canaan, Travis volunteered, making calls for Are You Okay (RUOK). She loved the family tradition of walking to God's Acre for caroling on Christmas eve. Travis was a Stephen Minister and a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, and her sister, Beverly Heinritz. Travis is survived by a daughter, Lynne (Christopher) Burns, of Bluffton, S.C.; two sons, James (Ellen Bobka) Travis, of Armonk, N.Y., and John (Barbara Punzi) Travis, of Stamford; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Hoyt Funeral Home in New Canaan.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 178 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840, and Getabout, P.O. Box 224, New Canaan, CT 06840.

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