Marianne Kidd Van Maren 1939 – 2013 OUR GRATEFUL HEART


Marianne was the type of person who walked into a room and everyone smiled. Her love of people and animals was radiant!

Marianne started volunteering at SMILES in 1999, and was quickly recognized as a multi faceted person with many talents. Along with her knowledge of horses, Marianne had an extensive career in sales and marketing. These qualities and her leadership skills were a welcomed asset when she extended her involvement with SMILES to joining the Board of Directors along with volunteering in our classes and at our special events. Marianne not only made a profound impact on our students with her positive attitude and contagious smile, but also filled the Board Room with energy and insight. With her thoughts and ideas in mind, the Marianne Kidd Van Maren Sensory Trail was designed and implemented. Her generous nature once again assisted our riders by allowing them to experience a new and fun addition to their riding curriculum.

There will never be another Marianne, but her presence will forever be felt in the spirit and lives of the many people and animals she has touched.

“Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”
Zig Ziglar