MARILYN BROWN With her family by her side, Marilyn Marie Brown (neé Manchester) passed away at her home in Whitby, on July 25, 2013. She was in her 71st year. Marilyn fought cancer with courage, strength and a very strong spirit. Daughter of the late Vera and Howard Manchester and loving wife to Peter Douglas Brown for 49 years. Beloved mother of Philip Brown (Louise) and their children Nathan and Cassidy. Loving mother of Leanne Brown and her children Kyla, Kori and Koda Cobierski, and Leland Brown. Remembered also by Scott Cobierski, her former son-in-law. A dear sister to Cheryl (Bob) Pachal and to Lorraine (Dennis) Ward. Ever remembered by nieces and nephews: Michael Pachal (Laura), Shannon Hinton (Jason), Christine Brown (Mike Loosemore) and David Brown (Nelly). Forever loved and remembered by her close friend Glenda Newson. Marilyn always enjoyed her life to the fullest; especially walking, skiing, golf, euchre, swimming, the cottage and traveling with Doug. A person of strong faith, she was very much involved in the life and work of St. Mark's United Church, Whitby. She sang in the Chancel Choice, led United Church Women, served in the church council and participated in their dinner theatres. She was also a member of the Whitby Jubilee Choir. Marilyn was a dedicated elementary school teacher and taught in North York, Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby until she retired in 2004. For 40 years, Marilyn has been a member of the "Euchre Ladies" who have been a great source of friendship, fun and support. Marilyn has been blessed with a wonderful church family, good friends and neighbors. She will always be remembered for her smile and for doing it "her way"! Visitation will be held at W.C. Town Funeral Chapel, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby, on Wednesday, July 31st from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and at St. Mark's United Church, 201 Centre Street South, Whitby, on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. followed by a memorial service and reception. Inurnment will take place in the Garden of the Four Seasons at Groveside Cemetery in Whitby. In lieu of flowers, Marilyn would appreciate donations to St. Mark's United Church or Hearth Place in Oshawa. Condolences may be expressed online at www.wctownfuneralchapel.com Remember me in Springtime when buds come bursting through, Remember me in Summer when birds sing sweet and true, Remember me in Autumn when leaves turn red and gold, Remember me in Winter, now I rest; my stories told.
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Published in the Toronto Star on July 27, 2013