Anne Marion grew up on a huge family ranch and inherited a fortune, which she used to fund the arts and other endeavors in Texas and to establish the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. She died on Feb. 11 2020 in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 81.
She had three main positions: president of Burnett Ranches, which runs cattle and horse-breeding operations; president of the Burnett Foundation, which provides grants aimed at the arts, education, health and human services; and chairman of the Burnett Oil Company.
Mrs. Marion, a former trustee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and her husband, John L. Marion, the former chairman and chief auctioneer of Sotheby’s North America, established the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe in 1997.
Anne's great-grandfather won texas' famed 6666 Ranch in high-stakes poker game. Or so goes the myth. The truth: in 1875 he bought a herd of 6666-branded cattle, and in 1912 he struck oil. Anne inherited the 245,000-acre ranch in 1980. Spent teenage summers there learning from cowboys. Today serves as chair of Burnett Oil Co. Founded a museum devoted to Georgia O'Keeffe in 1997, has featured exhibits by Arthur Dove, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol. Owns homes in Palm Springs, Jackson Hole, Santa Fe, Fort Worth.
She is the daughter of the late Anne Burnett Tandy of Fort Worth and the late James Goodwin Hall of New York, and graduated from Miss Porter's School and Briarcliff Junior College. She is also president of Burnett Ranches, which includes four ranches in West Texas, and president of the Anne Burnett and Charles D. Tandy Foundation, a charitable organization. Mrs. Marion is the stepdaughter of the late Mr. Tandy, founder of the Tandy Corporation, a manufacturer of consumer electronics. Her father was a stockbroker.
Anne Burnett Hall was born on Nov. 10, 1938, in Fort Worth. Her father, James Goodwin Hall, was a stockbroker, pilot and horse breeder. Her mother, Anne Valliant (Burnett) Hall, was a rancher and horse breeder.
Her parents divorced when Anne was young, and her mother married Robert Windfohr, who adopted the child; she then became Anne Burnett Windfohr.
Her great-grandfather Captain Samuel Burk Burnett founded the Four Sixes ranch in 1868.Captain Burnett, who died in 1922, willed the bulk of his estate to his granddaughter in a trusteeship for his yet-unborn great-grandchild, who would become Anne Marion. When her mother died in 1980, Mrs. Marion inherited the ranch holdings.
Like her mother, she married four times. The first three marriages ended 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 step-grandchildren.