Aunt Marilyn was a person who cut a steady and dependable figure, who neither minced words nor spoke unkindly. Her pragmatic and compassionate nature glued her family together, between her sisters, among her children, and especially among her lovable and spirited grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am fortunate to have gotten the chance to spend some time with her, in person and through email, getting to know the person who means so much to our family, to my mom in particular.
Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Danny were lifesavers, along with her children and grandchildren who resided on the West Coast when I passed through the state some time ago. Clearest in my memory was the day I departed California to return to North Carolina. I had arrived in the state with a vehicle, intending to stay, but instead donated the car and was now packing two years worth of accumulated possessions into two suitcases for the eastbound flight. Aunt Marilyn saw the disarray, and without missing a beat, had me dump my belongings on the living room floor while the three of us carefully repacked the bags. She approached the potential disaster with the same swift efficiency and calm demeanor as my mom whenever she had to deal with such shenanigans. No wonder they are related!
My heart goes out to Mom, as she navigates a world where her surrogate mother and deepest friend watches and listens from above instead of on the other end of the phone line; to Aunt Sharleen, who has another angel to bless her from above; to her children, Leann, Carole, and Melissa, as they continue to forge their paths across the country; to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly and admired fiercely; and to Uncle Danny, her champion and best friend through everything. Deepest sympathies to all. Love, Ryeon
To Marilyn -my sister, my wonderful friend, my partner in crime you have always been there for me. At times over the years you have talked me down from the ledge and at the right time said the words I needed to hear to lift me up. My heart aches for you but my mind understands your pain is gone. With unending gratitude for the time we have had together. Rest peacefully my “Mearny”!
I’m waiting for that sign :)
To Danny, Leann,Carole, Melissa, Sharleen and all the grandchildren and great grandchildren words cannot express my sympathy for your deep loss. Much love and virtual hugs to you all. Always remember I am here for you!
We’re thinking of you Dan, and praying for Marilyn, the Falzone‘s