Marsha J. Brighton died Oct. 31, 2010 in Salisbury, Vt. after a short illness.

She was born in Chicago on March 8, 1938, daughter of Martin Kramer and Fanny Feldman.

She began her career in Chicago and later was the executive director for the Midwest Beauty Show. After moving to Connecticut, she was editor for Creative Hair Designer, a business-to-business publication. She also founded Creative Source, a directory of creative resources for New England. While in Connecticut, she also volunteered her services to a number of causes, including juvenile probation.

Following the retirement of her husband, the two set sail for the Caribbean on a 31-foot sailboat. After extensively touring the region, they settled in Culebra, Puerto Rico, which soon became their home away from home and community.

In Culebra, Brighton continued her writing, contributing to the Culebra Calendar, and worked closely with Animal Welfare of Culebra and the local day care center.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan A Freel, and her sisters, Linda Ullman and Zoe Morning. She was predeceased by her husband, G. Renfrew Brighton.

A family service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Animal Welfare of Culebra, P.O. Box 527 Culebra, P.R. 00775 or Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753