Marjorie Winslow was an author and editor


Marjorie Shreeve Winslow, a former Riverdale resident, died in her Duxbury, Mass. home on Nov. 30. She was 89.

Born in Muncie, Indiana, Ms. Winslow moved to Phoenix, Arizona when she was 3 years old. She attended DePauw University in Indiana, graduating in 1945.

While a senior, she entered Vogue’s prestigious Prix de Paris competition and was among the winners, receiving a job as a copywriter at the magazine. She became a fashion editor, working in that capacity for both Vogue and Mademoiselle, in both Los Angeles and New York, for several years. She married Richard K. Winslow, a newspaperman, in New York in 1950. The couple raised their three children in Riverdale.

Ms. Winslow’s accomplishments were many and varied, according to her family. She wrote and published a children’s book, Mud Pies & Other Recipes, in 1959, which has been in print almost continuously ever since. The New York Review of Books Classics issued a new edition in October, 2010. 

Often ahead of her time, she started a Mexican food business in New York in the 1960s.   She was also a carpenter, upholsterer, clothing designer, excellent cook and was known by friends and family for her dry wit.

Ms. Winslow was predeceased by her husband in 2010. She is survived by her brother, Walton Shreeve, of Greenport, N.Y.; daughters Susan, of Rapidan, Va., and Kate, of Washington, Vt.; her son Henry, of Kingston, Mass.; four grandsons, Nick Sherman, of Huntington, Vt., Sam Sherman of Brooklyn; Zach Sherman of Providence, R.I. and Eli Sherman, of Waltham, Mass.; and one great-grandson, Jacob Sherman.

Family members said a memorial celebration of her long and happy life will be held in the spring. To offer condolences, go to