Marion R. (Wallace) Dashner

Marion Ruth (Wallace) Dashner passed peacefully on November 23, 2022, surrounded by family in Bryn Mawr, PA. Nana as she was known by all was 97. She was the much beloved wife of the late John H. Dashner and the loving mother of the late John H. Dashner, Jr (Randolph/Abington) and the late Bernadette M. Byam (Charlotte,NC). Left to survive her are her former daughter in law, Kathleen Dashner (Fitzwilliam, NH) and son in law Alan R. Byam (Charlotte, NC). Also surviving are her grandchildren Elizabeth A. Beaupre (David) Bryn Mawr, PA, Alan R. Byam, Jr. (Peggy) Charlotte, NC, John H. Dashner, III, Fitzwilliam,NH, Robert E. Byam, NC, Emily A. Byam, Norton, MA, and Jeffery M. Baum, Virginia Beach, VA, she was predeceased by Joseph A. Dashner, Whitman, MA and Joanne M. Byam, Wareham, MA. Nana also leaves 22 great grand children and 30 great great grandchildren with a little girl expected in March. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was pre deceased by her in laws Joseph A. Dashner (Theresa) Stoughton,MA, Elizabeth B. Hardy (John) Stoughton, MA and Robert E. Dashner(Barbara) Hyde Park, MA and Stanley W. Schoolcraft, Hudson, MA.

Known as Nana by those left behind, she was born October 12, 1925 at City Hospital in Boston. She was the second child of the late John F. Wallace and the late Margaret A. (MacIsaac) Wallace. Along with her brother the late John F. Wallace, Jr and her sister the late Catherine Pauline (Wallace) Schoolcraft, she was raised in Roxbury and attended Boston Public Schools. Nana married Grampie in 1942 and gave birth to Jackie, Jr. in 1943 and Bernadette in 1944. They lived in Roxbury and Roslindale until moving to Randolph in 1954. St. Mary’s Church in Randolph was their parish and the scene of many baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals for the family. After moving back to Hyde Park Nana and Grampie were parishioners at Most Precious Blood parish. In 1978 it was back to Randolph and then onto Norton, MA.

Nana loved to travel and drove cross country to visit Pauline in San Diego, cruised the Caribbean, and traveled to Spain, Morocco, Denmark, Sweden and twice to Italy. The two trips to Italy were to visit Rome for Holy Year in 1975 with Grampie and Libby for her 50th birthday and then again with Libby in 2000 to celebrate Holy Year, the Millennium and her 75th birthday. She was also very active in her great grandchildren’s activities and traveled to wherever they lived and joined in on many a school trip. Hers was a full and active life. We are thankful that she lived for so long and so well, and we are also happy that she is at peace now with her beloved Jack, Jackie and Bernadette.

Services were held at St. Mary’s on January 7th. If anyone is so inclined and would like to honor her memory, please consider a donation to Dana Farber Cancer Institute Family Fund, or the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Fund.


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