Anne Burnett Windfohr Marion, a well known Texas rancher, oil heiress and patron of the arts who assisted found the Ga O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M., died on Feb. 11 in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 81.
The result in was lung cancer, reported Neils Agather, a family consultant.
Mrs. Marion represented the fourth era of a renowned Texas ranching spouse and children that once owned much more than a third of a million acres nowadays the holdings quantity to about 275,000 acres. Its 6666 Ranch, recognized as the 4 Sixes, has very long been just one of the most significant in Texas and a great deal celebrated for its Black Angus cattle, quarter horses and oil. In the 1960s and ’70s, its unique pink and white barn furnished the backdrop for Marlboro cigarette ads.
Although the family members fortune was started on ranching and cattle, it was the discovery of oil, in 1921 and then in 1969, that created the riches that built it achievable for Mrs. Marion to become a major benefactor of the arts and culture in Fort Well worth and outside of.
Previous President George W. Bush, in a assertion, referred to as her “a real Texan, a great patron of the arts, a generous member of our local community and a person of elegance and strength.”
Mrs. Marion, a former trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and her partner, John L. Marion, the previous chairman and main auctioneer of Sotheby’s North The united states, founded the Ga O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe in 1997.
“I’ve usually beloved her work,” Mrs. Marion mentioned of O’Keeffe when the museum opened. She mentioned her mother owned two O’Keeffe paintings, and she herself subsequently obtained other individuals.
Somewhat than donate people paintings to a general public museum in Santa Fe, which was sorely missing in the artist’s holdings, Mrs. Marion favored to construct a non-public museum. She provided $10 million in seed funds and in two years set up the museum with significant guidance from other Texas donors, many of whom lived portion time in Santa Fe.
Underneath her path, the O’Keeffe museum grew to include the artist’s two historic residences and studios in northern New Mexico, at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch. Mrs. Marion was chairwoman of the board of trustees until eventually 2016.
Anne Burnett Corridor was born on Nov. 10, 1938, in Fort Worthy of. Her father, James Goodwin Hall, was a stockbroker, pilot and horse breeder. Her mom, Anne Valliant (Burnett) Corridor, was a rancher and horse breeder.
Her mom and dad divorced when Anne was youthful, and her mother married Robert Windfohr, who adopted the baby she then grew to become Anne Burnett Windfohr.
She grew up in Fort Really worth and in Guthrie, in northern Texas, in which the 4 Sixes ranch is headquartered. Her good-grandfather Captain Samuel Burk Burnett established the ranch in 1868. It acquired renown in the 1940s for breeding globe-course American quarter horses, a breed acknowledged for outrunning other breeds in races of up to a quarter mile. The ranch was house to the two-time globe winner “Dash for Income.” The horse was retired in 1977 and spent virtually 20 many years at stud at the Four Sixes, siring hundreds of long term winners.
Captain Burnett, who died in 1922, willed the bulk of his estate to his granddaughter in a trusteeship for his nevertheless-unborn excellent-grandchild, who would turn into Anne Marion. When her mother died in 1980, Mrs. Marion inherited the ranch holdings.
The ranch’s cowboys taught Anne to journey and rope. The moment she owned the ranch, she was one particular of the 1st in the ranching business to present team with wellbeing insurance policy and retirement plans.
“The most essential point that at any time happened to me was increasing up on that ranch,” Mrs. Marion reported in an on line loved ones history. “It stored my feet on the ground extra than nearly anything else.”
Mrs. Marion was educated at Skip Porter’s Faculty in Farmington, Conn., and Briarcliff Junior College or university in Westchester County, N.Y. She briefly attended the College of Texas at Austin and the College of Geneva in Switzerland, exactly where she analyzed artwork background.
Like her mother, she married 4 times. The initial three marriages finished in divorce. She married Mr. Marion in New York in 1988.
He survives her, as do her daughter, Anne Windfohr Grimes four stepchildren, Debbie Marion Murray, Therese Marion, Michelle Marion and John Marion Jr. a granddaughter and seven stage-grandchildren.
Of the quite a few boards on which Mrs. Marion served, she experienced a comfortable spot for her place on the Board of Regents of Texas Tech University. She mentioned it experienced authorized her to stay concerned with learners who grew up on ranches and preferred to make ranching their profession, just as she had.