Marnie Hillsley of Cold Spring died on May 11, 2015, after a long illness. Marnie received a BA from Montana State University and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. A project manager for Silver Rail Construction, Marnie was also a prolific artist and a dedicated member of her husband’s Habitat for Artists organization, bringing community and art together.
She is survived by her mother, Nell Hillsley, her husband Simon Draper, their son Aidan, and her sisters Anne Hillsley and Ray Anderson.
A memorial service will be held at St. Philip’s Church in Garrison, on Saturday, June 13, at 1 p.m. It was Marnie’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either Habitat for Artists through the GoFundMe campaign “Marnie Memorial – Habitat for Artists” at gofundme.com, or her Buddhist monastery, Kagyu Thubten Choling in Wappingers Falls, at palpungny.org.