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EAST MIDDLEBURY -- Marilyn Jane Wakefield passed away from ovarian cancer on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at 6 p.m. She passed away at home, in a bed looking out French doors at her birds, with dogs playing in the yard. She was surrounded by family and friends and had been for days.

Marilyn was born in Brattleboro on Nov. 18, 1963. She graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1981 and went to Champlain College for a year. Afterward she worked at the Marbleworks Partnership as an administrative assistant. After a number of years working in the office, she rose to the position of manager, handling all the renting, leasing and various duties that go with it. She worked there for 15 years until her passing.

Marilyn loved to read, work in her six flower gardens and watch birds feeding at her multiple feeders. She dabbled in agility training one of her dogs, Morganna, for a few years and set up an agility course in the backyard.

She also loved to stride the Obsidian Plains killing Tuskers, find matching blue armor for her Avatar, and assault Albion Castles in the early morning hours with her husband Bouldar Granite the Troll.

Marilyn was introduced to massive online role-playing games by her husband in the late 1990s. This became their favorite pastime. When not working, walking their dogs, napping, or getting food, they could be found exploring countless worlds and having amazing adventures. They adventured together for thousands of hours over the years. Marilyn loved it all. She loved Diamond Runs in Darkness Falls. She loved gathering with up to 100 people to plunder the depths of Tuscaren Glacier and fighting the 20-foot-tall giants inside. She loved Aerlinthe, sparkly blue armor, and bow and arrows.

Marilyn’s gift for charming people was extraordinary, from the nurses who constantly praised her attitude and courage to the friends she played online games with. She was followed from game to game by almost everyone who adventured with her.

She was sought out by friends and family for her wisdom and decision making, offering marital advice, life lessons and general counsel on all subjects. Her reputation for this was legendary. She was sought out over and over by people who had found her advice sound and trusted her to help them again.

She was loved by all who met her. In intensive care after surgery, the nurses called her “our little princess” and informed her husband that patients like Marilyn inspired them to go into nursing, to take care of people as nice as her. A frequent visitor to McClure 6 in Fletcher Allen Hospital, many of the nurses referred to her as their favorite patient. They all went far above and beyond care that was needed to make her comfortable and happy. She charmed everyone she met with her courage and spirit.

Her favorite movies were “Love Potion Number 9,” “Pretty Woman,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “True Lies,” “Terminator II,” “Dirty Dancing,” “The Matrix,” “Shallow Hal,” “Serenity,” “Michael” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Her favorite TV shows were “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Firefly,” “Will and Grace,” “American Idol” and “The Ultimate Fighter.”

She is survived by her husband, Jamie Wakefield, and their four dogs, Merlin, Morganna, Thor and Nikki.

She is survived by her parents, Raymond and Betty Whitaker, and her brothers, Edward and Bruce.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 30, at 10 a.m. It will be at the East Middlebury United Methodist Church across the street from the Wakefield’s home, 62 Ossie Road. There will be no calling hours.

Flowers may be sent to 62 Ossie Road, East Middlebury, VT 05740-0533.

Her husband would prefer that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Marilyn Wakefield’s name. http://www.cancer.org/
Published in Bennington Banner on May 26, 2006
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