Marion Brush Landfors of East Walpole died Jan. 20 of East Walpole. She was 90.

Born, raised, and wed on Martha’s Vineyard, she was a daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. David C. Brush of Vineyard Haven. She graduated from Tisbury High School, Framingham State College, and Tufts University, and taught in California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Though she raised her children off-Island, she always returned to her Vineyard roots, never missing a summer visit.

In retirement, Marion found her true niche when she became captivated by the history and beauty of the Nantucket lightship basket. In the 1990s her baskets won blue ribbons and the Whiting Award at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair. Her husband Arthur joined the venture and together they exhibited locally and abroad, and taught the art of Nantucket lightship basketry. Recognized for 12 consecutive years by Early American Life Magazine among America’s greatest craftsmen, they were invited to display a basket on the White House Blue Room Christmas tree. Other baskets reside in the permanent collections at the Lightship Basket Museum on Nantucket, the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University Art Gallery, the Danforth Museum, and the Samuelsson Museum in Norrhed, Sweden.

Marion was a true Island Girl. A native of Martha’s Vineyard, she was also a Native American descendant of the Sachem (Chief) Autumsquin Sanchacantacket of the Wampanoag, whose princess daughter married the settler Joseph Daggett. Through the legacy of her lightship baskets, Marion also came full circle with her Nantucket roots, which extend to the island’s first settlers/purchasers Tristram Coffin and Thomas Macy.

Besides her husband Arthur Landfors, she is survived by children Eric Landfors of Norwood, Nita Christopher of East Walpole, with whom she and her husband resided in her last years, and Kurt Landfors of Littleton, and her sister Beverley Brush of Martha’s Vineyard. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, Private interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Falmouth.