Hausman—Marie Hausman, 103, on February 5, 2018, in Bradenton, Fla. Marie was born to Elizabeth and August Henkel on July 25, 1914, in Jamaica, N.Y. She met Howard Hausman while distributing antiwar literature on the streets of New York City, and they married in 1940. Their introduction to Quakerism began when they enrolled their sons, Bob and Rick, at the Farm and Wilderness Camp in Vermont, which was owned by Quakers and run based on Quaker principles. Stirred by the Quaker way of doing things, the Hausmans were soon active attenders of Flushing (N.Y.) Meeting.
Her beliefs followed in her father’s antiwar footsteps. After losing two friends in the Spanish Civil War, she came to abhor war and any form of violence and became active with American Friends Service Committee in working for civil rights. She drove women to the March on Washington, opposed the Vietnam War, served in the League of Women Voters, and was a longtime and devoted member of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee in Sarasota (Fla.) Meeting, which she began attending when she retired to Bradenton, Fla.
A kind and gentle yet fierce soul whose wise and caring counsel affected everyone who came in contact with her, she had a close bond with Howard that endured beyond his passing in 1992, after which she joined Sarasota Meeting. She saw nothing but the good in people and was full of happiness, love, and radiance, even at the end. In meetings for worship, committee meetings, and meetings for worship with a concern for business, she was able to offer her Light as a beacon to others and to illuminate the issues at hand beyond the shadows, and even though Marie is gone, her Light remains.