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GENTRY, Marylynn Cherished wife of Chris Riley and beloved mother of daughters Samantha and Meredith Riley, died on December 7, 2019 with her family at her side, after a valiant struggle with complications from multiple myeloma. Aged 62, she was the daughter of the late Mary Jane and Stokes Gentry of St. George, Vermont. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Marylynn also earned secondary degrees from Pennsylvania State University and MIT. As a resident of Wayland, Massachusetts for over 25 years, Marylynn was a dedicated advocate for open space and conservation efforts. She served on Wayland's Conservation Commission from 1994 to 2006, Wayland's Community Preservation Committee from 2001 to 2005, Wayland's Paine Estate Committee from 1995 to 2000, and served in a leadership role with the Sudbury Valley Trustees as Board President and Board member from 2009 to the present. Her combined service in these roles fully embodied Wayland's conservation ethos through her actions. In addition to her work in Wayland, she also served as the Executive Director of the Harvard Conservation Trust and the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition. Marylynn received many acknowledgements and awards for her conservation work. Marylynn's devotion to the land was formed in her childhood playing with her brother Brad and sister Sarah on her family's farm in Vermont and spending many joyous summers and vacations with them and later with her husband and their daughters on Bisby Lake in the Adirondacks. Equal in measure to her passion for the land and its conservation was Marylynn's commitment to her family and friends. Generous of spirit with her time, her listening ear and wise counsel, Marylynn, with her warm smile, engaging sense of humor and infectious laughter, captivated all who knew her. In addition to her husband and daughters, she is survived by her aunts and uncle, Carol Emerick and Mary and Dave Call, her brother Brad Gentry (Eugénie) and sister Sarah Tischler (Marc), their children Paige Gentry, Cyrus Gentry (Cecilia), Jacob Tischler and Ethan Tischler and many cousins from the Call, Winde and Riley families. A Celebration of Marylynn's Life will be held on January 18, 2020 at 2:00PM at First Parish in Wayland, 50 Cochituate Rd, Wayland. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marylynn may be made to either Sudbury Valley Trustees or Dana Farber Arrangements entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of WAYLAND. For condolences, please visit

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Published by Boston Globe from Dec. 11 to Dec. 15, 2019.
Celebration of Life
First Parish in Wayland
50 Cochituate Rd, Wayland, MA
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Marylynn was one of my favorite people to work with on land conservation issues on Beacon Hill. She had a wonderful light and integrity about her, and was so smart and fun. I am very sad to read of her passing, and my deepest condolences to her family. Jen Ryan
December 19, 2019
Our condolences from the Bd. of Dir. of Common Ground Land Trust. Marylynn was a true servant and supporter of all
who had need of her knowledge.
Jan Parke
December 19, 2019
I have fond memories of several pleasant interactions with Marylynn, particularly in her roles with the Mass. Land Trust Coalition and with the Harvard Conservation Trust. She was always very warm and welcoming to me and shared my love for nature and the outdoors. While I knew that Marylynn had been dealing with some serious health challenges for some time, I was nevertheless saddened to hear of her passing. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the memorial service in her honor in Wayland next month.
Russ Cohen
December 19, 2019
To the family of Marylyn Gentry,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved. Dr. Gentry was our pediatrician when our sons were children. His warm and soft, caring and nurturing ways always warmed our hearts. I never knew his daughter, however from her obituary, such a fine exemplary individual. May the many memories held in the heart provide comfort in the challenging days ahead.
Donna and Martin Waldron
December 17, 2019
I was so very sorry to read of the passing of
Marylynn. She was one of my very favorite students at the Shelburne Middle School. She was a gem amongst gems. Marylynn was my score keeper for two years as I coached basketball and did an excellent job. I relied on her a great deal during that time. But more important, I remember her as a wonderful, kind person with all the attributes we wish to see in everyone. I am sure she will be missed by all her family and all that knew her.
Chuck Cerasoli
Charles Cerasoli
December 17, 2019
My childhood friend, you will be missed. Prayers to the families, she was a bright star in everything she did. how fortunate we are that she touched so many people.
Robin Priest-Gabbert
December 17, 2019
Her RADIANT SMILE! She always sent out a message of genuine caring with that naturally beautiful smile.
We will all miss her! Heaven is now blessed, for sure
Cookie & Francis
December 15, 2019
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