Marion Milne, a former state representative and founder of Milne Travel, died unexpectedly Monday morning at her home in Washington. She was 79.

Milne was the wife of Don Milne, clerk of the Vermont House of Representatives.

Her son, Scott Milne, is the front-runner in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Marion Milne was present at her son's campaign launch for governor at the Aldrich Public Library last month.

Marion Milne, a Republican, was one of five lawmakers who was ousted in 2000 for her support of Vermont's groundbreaking civil unions bill. She served three terms in the Vermont Statehouse before she was voted out in the aftermath of the political backlash that followed passage of the legislation.

Marion Milne earned a B.A. in political science from Goddard College in 1975. That same year, she started Milne Travel as a one-woman operation in Barre. The company, now run by her son Scott, has about 50 employees and offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont. Marion Milne was still very active in the Barre office.

In an obituary shared by Scott Milne on Monday he said: "On the day she died, Marion had an appointment to have her hair done, planned to work at her desk in the travel agency, and attend a board meeting for the U.S. Civil Rights Commission."

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home in Barre, with a wake Thursday evening and funeral Friday at the Presbyterian Church in Barre.


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Flowers from a local florist, or a donation to the Calef Memorial Library, Washington, VT 05675 are most welcome, according to her obituary.