MICHAEL Marion, the husband of Today Show fashion editor Bobbie Thomas, died at the age of 42 in December 2020.
Bobbie Thomas posted a tribute to her husband on June 23 where she said, “Grief is a riddle.”
Who was Bobbie Thomas’ husband Michael Marion?
Michael Marion was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland.
He studied at the George Washington School of Law and the New York University School of Law and was a was a partner in the Tax Transactions group at Mayer Brown LLP, according to his obituary.
“Beloved by his many friends, colleagues, and extended family, he had a smile that lit up every room he entered,” hit obituary read.
Marion married Bobbie Thomas of NBC’s Today Show in 2013 at the home of Kathie Lee Gifford.
Private burial took place on December 6, 2020.
Bobbie wrote after his death: “Nothing is normal. Maybe nothing will ever be normal again.
“For me, it won’t. My husband is gone. With all the fear, anger, and division going on in the world right now, it’s so easy to get upset about the lack of normalcy. “
The couple would have celebrated their anniversary in May of 2021. Bobbie honored her husband by posting an Instagram video of them from last year as they walked together.
“Our first anniversary without you,” she wrote.
“I can’t help but remember this win for us last year today.”
She had written in March of 2021 that she and her young son Miles “are working to establish a new routine, which is hard, but we’re slowly starting to resume some of the activities that make us feel like us again.”
How did Michael Marion die?
Marion passed away on Dec. 1, 2020, “after a heroic struggle,” according to the obituary.
He was 40 when he suffered an Ischaemic Stroke – caused by a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain.
The stroke left him wheelchair bound.
Bobbie previously said they were taking things “day by day.”
“We celebrate every little victory,” she said.
“It’s hard to appreciate those small things if we look ahead.
“In a weird way, I would never want this to happen to anybody, but there has been so many gifts that have come along with having to reprioritize, and there’s a bond we have that’s unbreakable.”
What did Bobbie Thomas write in her essay?
Bobbie Thomas published an essay on the Today Show website on June 23, 2021.
She starts the essay by saying she finds herself sitting on the floor of her closet smelling old T-shirts.
“They say that smell is the sense most closely tied to memories, and for me, that’s true. I lost my husband, Michael Marion, last December at the age of 42, and I’ve been quietly smelling his old T-shirts since then. The idea that one day, possibly even soon, his smell will fade from the fabric absolutely terrifies me. But I know I’m not alone with this grief or this fear, however odd it may sound…
…One thing I’ve noticed about grief, pain and loss is that everyone instinctively wants to make it go away. No one wants to see someone they love suffer. But over the past six months, I’ve realized that I’m not interested in getting rid of this pain. It’s my connection to Michael. It’s awful and uncomfortable and all-consuming, but it’s also precious.”
Bobbie continues to explain her grief and explain how people may feel alone, but she hopes her story can help people feel less alone.
“I’m not an expert at loss, but I’m learning and growing in this new state I’m in, and I’m eager to connect with people again and be of service. I’m just not going to give up smelling the T-shirts just yet.”
Do they have any children?
The pair have a five-year-old son, Miles.
He was conceived via IVF after Bobbie’s struggle with infertility.
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