Marilyn Rawls

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June 27, 2012

Marilyn Gloria Rawls, 82, of Mountain Top, died on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

She was born in New York City on November 20, 1929, to the late Joseph Favaloro and Mary (Gorciak) Favaloro.

She was a graduate of Straubenmuller Textile High School in New York City before enrolling in the University of Miami where she met her husband of 65 years, William W. Rawls. She later attended the College Misericordia School of Nursing and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, graduating and becoming a registered nurse.

In addition to her nursing career, Mrs. Rawls had many other occupations and interests during her lifetime including a telephone operator, elections official, bank employee, Braille transcriber, and volunteer for many years at the Kirby Library. Recently, she has served for over 10 years as a volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Dennis E. Rawls.

Surviving are her husband, William Wesley Rawls, Mountain Top, and children, son Ronald and his wife, Gloria Rawls, Mountain Top; daughter Donna and her husband, Patrick Buckingham, Colorado Springs, Colo.; son Daniel Rawls, Wilkes-Barre; daughter Robin Crawford, Greensboro, N.C.; son Michael Rawls, Mountain Top; daughter Patricia Rawls, Wilkes-Barre; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Desiderio's Funeral Home in Mountain Top, between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre.

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Published in Times Leader on June 29, 2012
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