Marilyn Babine

Died: 2018-04-09
Resided in: Middleton, MA
Viewing type: Celebration of Life
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Viewing date: 2018-04-21 11am
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Service location: Aldersgate United Methodist Church 235 Park Street North Reading
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Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marilyn’s honor to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm 400 Broadway Methuen, MA 01844 978-687-7453

Marilyn (Fender) Babine, Middleton, Ma was a kind hearted spirit, always willing to reach out to contribute and help others in need.  

Marilyn was born in Winchester Massachusetts on June 12,1942, as the daughter of the Marie (Davies) Fender and  William Fender.  She graduated from Wakefield High school in 1960.  She then studied at Sullins and Lasell College before finishing her education at Tufts University’s Forsyth Dental Hygiene School. She was a dedicated dental hygienist and worked at Dr Donald Lynch’s office in North Reading and then Dr David Martin’s for over 50+ years! She also worked at Dr Edmond Lawton’s office in Topsfield for over 30+years.

She absolutely loved horses throughout her life.  She created Dreamweaver farm for the purpose of breeding and showing sport horses. She raised 5 foals that we’re all a great source of pride to her. Woodstock VT was one of her favorite places to bring her horses and her grandson Scott with his pony for vacations.

She loved her time at Falmouth Heights beach visiting family as well as Ogunquit ME.   She also enjoyed gardening, antiquing, her home and visiting with her friends.

She is survived by her, daughter Michele (Babine) Patti, son in law Chuck and grandsons David and Scott & his wife Emily, a great grandson Cameron, son Jason, daughter inlaw Lianne and granddaughter Brielle, husband David Babine

Marilyn will be deeply missed by her brother Walter Fender and wife Janet Fender, sister Becky Mulkern, and brother Bill and wife Patti and their extended family.   Marilyn was a friend to many and will be missed by Sharon Clark, Sharon Lucie, Fleurette Simms, Marcia Skinner and Rachel Clark, her life long friends Faith Evans, Kat and Jerry Kenny, and her special friend Greg Freitas.

One of her favorite quotes by Kahil Gibran “If I accept the sunshine and warmth I must also accept the thunder and the lightning” And in her words.... “I am ready for more sunshine!  Lots of Love, Marilyn All her family and friends will surely agree.... she deserves some sunshine!

Her family and friends invite you to join them in the Celebration of Life service being held at

Aldersgate United Methodist Church 235 Park Street North Reading Saturday  April 21st 11am

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marilyn’s honor to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm 400 Broadway Methuen, MA 01844 978-687-7453


Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Your Friends at the MBTA
To Marilyn’s family and loved ones. I worked with Marilyn for many years and we developed a friendship. It was impossible not to be friends with Marilyn she was one of the sweetest, kind and caring people I ever came across in my life time. I never heard her utter a negative word about anyone. She is in gods hands now, of that I have no doubt. May she Rest In Peace. Love Marilyn Bater
Rest in peace my dear friend. Love, Cathy Forgione
Marilyn, we were at Wakefield Mem. HS. together, many years ago. You were a close neighbor of mine in Wakefield during this time. Your Mother would often drive us to high school, as I was always late, your mother would wait most patiently for me. I'm sure you probably asked her to" wait for my friend". You had such a pleasant manner about you. I thought you were the most sophisticated girl in our class! I remember going up to ? No. Andover to ride horses with you and Faith. those are some wonderful memories for me. Your kindness and inclusion was such a special gift that you always kept. Even though I didn't see you as much as I might have wanted to, I always felt I could call you and we'd pick up right where we left off. Many of us will miss you and your lovely ways. Rest in Peace, good friend. Fondly, Jane (Fitzpatrick) Jesser
My name is Greg Freitas, and I had the honor of being Marilyn's partner, starting in 2015..At that time I had recently finished working at the Essex county sheriffs dept in Middleton. Well, Miss Marilyn and I took off on our wonderful relationship like two peas in a pod. We had a delightful time together, and were very much in love. We shared many common interests, gardening, the beach, cooking, reading, theater, and fitness. We could be seen together doing laps at the ipswich River Park in North Reading. Life was delightful, and we were both having a grand time. That all changed 8 months later, when Marilyn suffered a devastating left hemispheric hemorrhagic stroke. The results of this injury were catastrophic. Marilyn was left totally paralyzed on her right side, was tube fed, and could not talk. As this happened and unfolded, I was equally honored to stand by her side in her illness, as she fought hard to overcome her disabilities. Through insurance set backs inconsistent therapy, infections, pneumonia Marilyn had a very difficult journey in attempting to get well. I was pleased to aid and assist with both her Healthcare proxies in any way I could, ms. Sharon Clark, and Sharon Lucie, who did magnificent work advocating for Marilyn. This 2 1/2year road ended regrettably on Monday evening April 9th with Marilyn's passing. No sadder of a day have I ever experienced. Words can't express how much I loved and adored Marilyn and how devastated I am emotionally. After 700 or so visits, last week, on automatic pilot I drove by care one twice, so used to navigating my visit. I stopped and forlornly looked up to her window, shook my head and drove home. I'll never forget Marilyn, we had such hopes and dreams which were dashed away. I'm so glad I stayed with her, her every little gesture or smile, or nod of her head meant the world to me. I enjoyed buying her clothes and flowers. I enjoyed putting her makeup on though not completely competently, though I tried. I see her face all the time in my memory, and have dedicated a large day lily garden at my home to Marilyn. Day Lilies Marilyn had dug, just prior to her stroke. A place of reflection the garden will become, with a plaque there in her honor.
From days at Wakefield High School to time spent with you while we worked on the Reunion Committee, you were always the same kind, smiling Marilyn. I have fond memories of you and the others at Vincent's house while we pondered over the reunion being planned. Your love of your family and your animals was a very important part of your life. Your struggle of the last few years is over, and now may you find peace in God's loving care. You will be sorely missed. With caring and deepest sympathy, Carolyn (Betts) Detato

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