Marilyn Marnell

Marilyn E Marnell (Flanagan)

Tuesday, October 8th, 1935 - Saturday, May 29th, 2021
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Marnell, Marilyn E., a resident of Winchester for 60 years, passed away suddenly on May 29, 2021, at age 85. She was born in Somerville, MA as the youngest of three children to William J. and Gladys (Kinread) Flanagan. She was the beloved wife of the late James L. Marnell.

Marilyn leaves a legacy of 85 years lived with only love, kindness and gentleness to everyone she knew or encountered. The first word many use to describe her is as a “saint.” Her first thoughts were always for others. She took great joy in the happiness of the people she loved and knew, and felt deep compassion for anyone who was suffering. In her 85 years, she did not make a single unkind remark or take a single unkind action. For 22 years, she was blessed with the happiness of a loving marriage to Jim, and their wonderful companionship. She lived a life of devotion to her extended family, friends and neighbors, her First Baptist Church community of 60 years, her volunteer activities, such as many years delivering food for Meals on Wheels, even when she herself was elderly, and her beloved Metropolitan Button Club. Above all, she revered the memory of her parents, and anything that was connected to them. She was the heart and center of her extended family and leaves an unfillable void.

She was a loving and devoted mother to Robyn March (Charles) of Falmouth ME, William German of Bakersfield CA, and Heidi Harding (William) of Arlington, stepmother to James Marnell, Jr. of Cape Coral, Fl, Stephen Marnell of Cape Coral, Fl, Mary Lynne Marnell (William Skulski) of Kennebunk ME and Michael Marnell (Brenda Goodreau) of Millbury, grandmother of Andrew March, Colin March (Roberta), Kristin Savino, Andrea Savino, Cody (Meaghan), Danny and Allison Marnell, Timothy (Kara), Sean and Moira O’Sullivan and Trout, Holden and Brown Marnell, great-grandmother of 12, and loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved aunt, Ruth Kinread Lewis of London, Ontario, and her extended Kinread family in Canada. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sister Anne Tuff, brother William Flanagan, stepson Warren Marnell, niece Megan Shapiro and nephew Daniel Flanagan.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 am on June 11, 2021, at the First Baptist Church, 90 Mt. Vernon St., Winchester, MA with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. A private family Burial will take place at Puritan Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James and Marilyn Marnell Scholarship, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College of Nursing, 170 Governors Ave., Medford MA 02155, First Baptist Church, 90 Mt. Vernon St., Winchester MA 01890 or the St. Andrew’s Restoration Fund, 21 Church St., Rexton, NB, Canada, E4W 2G2.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, June 11th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 11th, 2021 11:00am
    First Baptist Church of Winchester
    90 Mount Vernon Street
    WINCHESTER, MA 01890
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  • Interment

    Friday, June 11th, 2021 | 2:30pm
    Friday, June 11th, 2021 2:30pm
    Puritan Lawn Memorial Park
    185 Lake Street
    PEABODY, MA 01960
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Private Condolence

Carl V. Accardo

Posted at 05:35pm
Robyn, Billy and Heidi,
Your loss is felt by all those who knew your Mother.
As life progressed, I would often drop by 109 to visit my parents. As such, Marilyn and I had occasion to have many happenstance "driveway chats", as we came to refer to them. Sometimes we'd chat about everything and other times we'd chat about nothing; but over time a clear theme emerged, she cared, loved and was proud of all of you and yours.
As your grief subsides, countless unexpected smiles await you. The model of your Mom's good life, influences and recollections of her time with you now takes center stage and a life of their own. These precious moments are generally fleeting in my experience and "pop up" when you least expect be prepared!
In closing, Marilyn was a true "good neighbor" in every sense of the expression...I have long since learned PA9-729-3340 was much more than a number I was encouraged to memorize in the early '60's by my parents. Marilyn is and always will be inspirational and special to all those who knew her. C.V Accardo

Jason Julian

Posted at 02:44pm
It is with great sympathy we send our condolences for the passing of Michael's mother. We are saddened to hear of your family's loss. --Jason and Sheri Julian

Kimberley & Bob Ray

Posted at 10:09am
“When you have the Love of Family, you have it all!!”❤️ 🥰❤️
Missing you so much!!! The heart of our Family🥲💔
Wherever we go, morning and night you will be our brightest star… deep in our heart forever! ❤️

Love you more….
beyond any words Aunty Marilyn!! ❤️🥰🥰🥰
XOXO Kim & Bob

Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 12:47pm
With deepest sympathy, The Reed Girls and Tony
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Laura Norquist

Posted at 08:25pm
To the entire family, the Accardo Family was very, very sorry to hear of Marilyn’s sudden passing. The corner of Church and Cambridge will always be an amazing source of memories for our families - which your mother played a big role in. How rare is it, for 50 + years, to have a friendship like our mother’s shared based on where they chose to raise their families. Marilyn was everything you describe in your writings. I will always remember her calm voice, greeting, and general kindness each and every time I had the good fortune to see her. She was above all the best Tea-mate our mother ever had :). For that we are grateful. Since I will not be able to make it back to Winchester for her service, I will have a cup of tea in her honor. Wishing you all comfort at this time. Fondly, Laura (Accardo) Norquist

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