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Marilyn P. Webber

Died: 2018-01-10
Resided in: Middleton, MA
Viewing type: Celebration of Life
Viewing location: Mackey Funeral Home
Viewing date: 2018-01-19 // 6pm-9pm
Service type: Church Service
Service date: 2018-01-20 / 11am
Service location: Middleton Congregational Church : see obit below
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Greeting card company stock plummets after 80 year old Middleton/York woman dies.

Marilyn Grace Paine Webber passed away peacefully on January 10, 2018. At the moment of her passing she was surrounded by her family and felt the unconditional love of her husband, children, and grandchildren. Marilyn was born on October 9, 1937 in Middleton, Massachusetts. She was only 7 years old when her father, Marshall Sr., passed away after a long illness. She and her older brother Marshall Jr. were raised by their mother Lillian. After high school she entered the nursing school at Boston University. Although she enjoyed her studies, she felt an urge to see the world beyond Massachusetts. To that end she applied and was accepted to the American Airlines stewardess school and was awarded her first set of wings in June 1957. Her career as a stewardess ended abruptly when a plane that she was scheduled to fly on crashed into the Hudson River. Fortunately, Marilyn was not on that plane as she had swapped shifts at the last minute with someone else. Marilyn’s family, friends and future husband insisted that she leave the job immediately. Soon after leaving the airline, Marilyn became Mrs. Alan Webber. Four children followed in six years. As a young mother of four small children, there was no problem that a dose of Paregoric would not solve. Later on as the four children became teenagers, the Paregoric still solved problems, only this time Marilyn took it. Marilyn’s four children and their spouses, who Marilyn welcomed with an open heart, provided Marilyn with thirteen grandchildren. These thirteen grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life. There was nothing she would not do for her “grands” and they loved her fiercely for it. Marilyn’s passion in recent years was to inundate her family with greeting cards and emoticon-laden texts. By most estimates, Marilyn sent over 500 cards per year: Holiday cards, Birthday cards, Get Well Soon cards, Congratulations cards for just about any reason, and cards sent just to cheer you up. The cards were sometimes on topic, occasionally written in Latin, most were humorous, often mildly inappropriate, but all showed how much she loved and cared for her family. For her grandchildren in college, these cards often came with care packages. These packages contained two-dollar bills, cookies, candy, and gift cards from Dunkin Donuts. When the grandchildren came home from college she would be the first to tell them, with a twinkle in her eye, “Looks like you put on a little weight.” Marilyn leaves behind her husband Alan, a sometimes cranky old coot, who will always say that Marilyn was the best thing to ever happen to him; her four children, who are normal for the most part despite the above-mentioned Paregoric; and her thirteen grandchildren, all of whom in her mind could do no wrong no matter how hard they tried. A celebration of Marilyn’s life of love will be held at the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 South Main Street, Middleton, MA. on Friday January 19th from 6pm until 9pm. A church service will be held at the Middleton Congregational Church, 66 Maple Street, Middleton, MA. on Saturday, January 20th at 11am, followed by a get together at 47 East Street, Middleton, MA. In lieu of flowers or donations, please do a kind deed for someone in need. Or simply “Seas the Day” as Marilyn did (the spelling of the word “Seas” is intentional – Marilyn enjoyed the Maine coast and often used this phrase). On January 10, 2018 Marilyn was awarded her second set of wings. Carpe Diem and Seas the Day Marilyn, Mother, Ma, Mom, Mammy, Mams, WE LOVE YOU.

Online Condolences Below:

God bless your soul. We gonna miss you . We love you Marilyn Lina and Ralph
Dear family of Marilyn Webber, First, may I say my husband and I are sorry for your loss. Marilyn sounds like someone that anyone would be lucky to have her touch their life........... In retirement, my husband often clips interesting news out of the paper for me to read. However, he's never cut out an obituary before! It's a first. The photo is so lovely and whomever wrote the obituary has creative genius to be able to enthrall perfect strangers to not only want to read it to the very end but share it with others. Then I wanted to go to the funeral site in hopes to read more about Marilyn and her family. The love and humor expressed is so touching that I can only hope my own "old coot" will say the same about me after my death. He said he's going to save this obituary for inspiration! Marilyn would be pleased to know her life is being celebrated like no other before her. In tribute, I will buy more cards to send to others and think of her when I do so......................Marilyn will clearly be missed...................an admiring stranger with her "old coot" too.
SO POIGNANT - WITH BOTH A CHUCKLE AND A HEAVY SIGH, SENDING LOVE AND HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO ALL THE WEBBER FAMILY. XOS, DIANNE SALMON AND FAMILY
To Alan and rest of Webber family, The moment I met you both, hanging out with Beth in the driveway, which later became "the place to meet" I knew you were both special! Loved your sense of humor and your ability to listen to everyone elses stuff! Mrs. Webber you will be missed for sure - I always enjoyed speaking with you, perhaps you'll still hear from me every now and then. Rest in peace and watch over my best friend, she deserves the very best.
Dear Beth, I was very sorry to hear the news that your mom had passed. I will always have the memory of her sitting in the car watching your brother play baseball at the fields behind the Howe Manning School in Middleton and how she always offered to treat us to a snow cone from the ice cream truck when it came by. She was always very kind to me and I'm sure she will be deeply missed by you and your family. Robin Conway Parsons
Dear Webber clan, “Mrs. Webber” was truly one of a kind — curious, engaging, funny, nurturing, and steadfast. I am grateful for the time I got to spend with her as the Webber family opened its arms to me. I fondly remember the chats Sarah and I would have with her at the kitchen table over a piece of cake, and I can still see her sitting on the Jumbo sidelines in her lawn chair, with DD cup and the trusty cooler she filled with snacks for the team. I have no doubt she is spreading joy up above and is continuing to watch over all she loves. Love to you all. Mrs. Webber, thank you for the love and I look forward to seeing you on the other side. Love, Kathy
Beth I was so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing she sounded like a truly fun woman. I found out because I was at the funeral home making arrangements for my father in law and saw how you decorated the home. The text message board was a hoot and so were her sneakers hanging up. You all did a great job in honoring her memory. Sending you and your family my sincerest condolences. - Christine Jacques

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