Marilyn was one of my mother's dearest and longest friends since their teen years. She's been a family friend longer than I've been alive.
Marilyn taught me to walk while babysitting me. We've shared homes and traveled the country together throughout my entire life.
We went to Canada, Fan Fair (now known as CMA Fest), to the top of the Washington Monument, had McDonald's breakfast waiting in line outside to tour the White House (Reagan years) and then to Daytona Beach from there.
She camped out all night with my mom to get me Michael Jackson tickets. When mom couldn't get her hands one of the new, highly sought after Cabbage Patch Dolls, Marilyn made one for me.
For Christmas one year, Marilyn made sure my Barbies were super stylish when she handmade them an entire wardrobe; I'm talking fancy nightgowns, super cool jeans and tops, dresses, and all sorts of things that you couldn't buy in stores. She even gave me fabric and showed me how to sew my own Barbie pillow & blankets so Barbie could save money.
I can't tell you how many newspapers I rolled in the back of her car to help her and Carolyn with their paper route.
As an adult in 2004, Marilyn and Mom drove me to the Van Halen concert 8 hours from home because they didn't want me to try and take my crappy car or leave town alone.
Late last night, Marilyn joined her twin sister, Carolyn, who has been waiting for her in Heaven.
I last visited her about two years ago in the nursing home. She had Alzheimers and recently another stroke.
I could go on all day about the memories I have with Marilyn, and I will treasure them always.
My prayers are with her daughters, grandkids, siblings, and of course my family as well who also considered her family.
You will be terribly missed, Marilyn.
May you rest in peace 💔
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