Met David when she was 14 he was 16 they married in June 1969. Celebrated their 50th Anniversary 2 years ago.
They Welcomed their first child Trudy Ann on April 10th 1970.
Followed by a Son Dean, March 3rd 1971 and lastly another Daughter Dawn Nyree 24th July 1973.
Marilyn started Work in op Chocolates before starting a 29-year nursing career in the General Hospital then St Tydfil’s Hospital where her kindness and bedside manner to the patients was discussed amongst many, it was often stated to her children after her retirement….your mother was a wonderful nurse. After her retirement, she volunteered every Saturday in the Salvation Army charity shop.
She was a proud grandmother to her 4 beautiful girls, Robyn, Sophie, Ellis & ruby.
And a proud great grandmother to “her boy“ Alfie.
She was a Fabulous loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother & a fantastic friend to many.
Nothing was too much trouble for Marilyn, she would often take the role of looking after family and friends through illness or circumstances where they required support, her nursing skills never left her.
If you were in Marilyn’s company you most certainly knew it as she was funny, charismatic, had a wicked sense of humour and a laugh that would echo the room.
Marilyn was very good at losing her husband & her teeth…
Every Tuesday herself, her husband Dai & good friend Liz used to go shopping to Abergavenny, and then the supermarkets on the way back home, this one Tuesday Liz was driving instead of Dai….. they spent their time walking Abergavenny town as they normally did, then shopping in the aisles in Morrison’s Ebbw Vale before embarking on their journey back to Merthyr, When they got to Asda’s car park, Marilyn shouted ‘Dai are you coming in?’ Liz said he’s not here, Marilyn said he’s got to be somewhere in the back. They both searched the rear seats, even the boot haha, at that moment they realised they left poor Dai in Ebbw vale with the Trolley he was putting back.
Yes, they drove all the way back to Merthyr from Ebbwvale without Dai, needless to say, the air was blue & Liz never drove them again.
Her teeth scenario is another level…
Marilyn and friends went to Porthcawl to watch an Adele tribute …. after an evening of merriment, and many vodka’s & Coke, they boarded the minibus to go home, back home the next day a sober Marilyn hunted high & low for her teeth, asked her friends from the previous night if they knew how / where she lost them, to no avail.
Ricky a friend from the night rang the high tide to enquire if his “grandmother” had lost her teeth there the night before, portraying the image of an elderly old dear, not the fun-loving party animal Marilyn was…. a bemused bartender said in 30years of the pub industry that various personal items were left behind but never teeth…..until now lol
There were many disagreements about who was going to collect her teeth….in the end Nicky her granddaughters’ partner went to collect & waiting for him in a pint glass at the end of the bar were Marilyn’s missing teeth…… alongside 4 giggling members of staff curious who would come back for those teeth
Every year she & Dai collected the sun tokens for a weekend trip to Porthcawl with the granddaughters, smuggling in her fave tipple of vodka, to save the expense. Many times the granddaughters carried their loving nan out in a right old state….. Marilyn loved to party and would make a buffet from fresh air & was always the hostess with the mostess… in true Marilyn style when you toast to her, hear her words “ get em down you “ and remember Marilyn fondly for the fun-loving, beautiful person she was.
Our wife/Mam was a truly beautiful person inside and out, always put her own needs aside to help others.
She adored her family and we adored her, she will be sadly missed but forever in our hearts.
She was the glue that held us all together and we will continue to love her forever and make her proud.
Fly high our Queen xxx