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Obit, Marnie McCausland

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Owen, Sep 11, 2003.

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  1. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 24, 2002
    Georgetown, TX
    Obit Marnie McCausland

    (mods, this should probably be duplicated under BlackPowder)

    For those that knew her, Marnie McCausland has succumbed to cancer.

    A few years ago, when I was working for Smith & Wesson, a coworker and I were sent to Cincinatti for training on a B&S CMM machines. On the first day of class we noticed an indoor range between our hotel and the showroom we were being trained in. Jason and I are both gun nuts (rare in the gun industry, beleive it or not) so On the way back to the hotel that evening, we popped in to poke around. It was a nice little store (Target Masters in Cincinatti). This trip was shortly after the S&W-Clinton agreement, so we walking on eggshells waiting to be harangued as soon as people found out who we were.
    We asked a few questions, I fondled a Para LDA, and finally started asking about how the feelings were in the store regarding S&W. The general response was that they weren't all that angry, because they understood the position S&W had been put in etc. After half an hour or so of shooting the breeze we revealed that we worked for S&W.
    A lot of people complain about the poor gun knowledge, and rudeness of the clerks in gunstores. Jason and I were both impressed by the knowledge level of the employees at the store, and everybody there was very agreeable. It turns out that the clerk we were talking to was Marnie McCausland.
    Marnie McCausland was the the National Champion for Women's Blackpowder Rifle at the time, as well as being a factory shooter for Thompson Center. For the next week she dragged us all over Cincinatti poking into every little niche of the local shooting scene. We shot skeet (a 5 gallon bucket of shells donated by her friend Dale), a bowling pin match (guns and ammo supplied by various volunteers). We went to dinner with her and her friends almost every night. I'm afraid to say that we learned very little in class, because we were so worn out by Marnie's hospitality.
    About a year later (IIRC) Marnie had moved to Massachusetts to work for Savage. I was working part time at a local indoor range, and who popped in but Marnie. Jason and I got together with her a few times before she had to quit her job and return to Cincinatti because of her cancer.
    There are a few people I wished I could have gotten to know better in this world, and Marnie ranks high among them. I don't pray often, but tonight I will be praying for her.

    An article about Marnie
    Many of Marnies records here

  2. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 19, 2002
    Sounds like a great lady.
  3. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Sad loss.

    I met her only once soon after I moved back to Cincy. Didn't know who she was untill just now. Best service I ever got at Target World. She gave me a discount just because I was new (back) in town.
  4. JRD

    JRD Member

    Sep 3, 2003
    Owen did a good job describing Marnie. I'd like to add a little bit.

    I've talked to Marnie's friend Dale a several times about Marnie since he told me she took a turn for the worse and finally lost her long battle with cancer. He was very close to her and worked with her at Target World.

    Not only was she a national muzzleloading champion, but she could shoot pistols, shotguns, and rifles just as well. She loaded her own ammo. She was an accomplished hunter. She made her own holsters and leather goods. She even built a couple custom 1911's. She knew how to talk guns.

    She lost her husband to cancer a couple years ago and went through quite an ordeal herself. It's a shame to see someone that young (45) pass on.

    May all your shots be true Marnie. You will certainly be missed.

    Jason Dubois
  5. Orthonym

    Orthonym Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Southern Florida
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