Marilyn Thibodeau (December 26, 1937 - March 24, 2024)

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Marilyn Thibodeau
  • December 26, 1937
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  • March 24, 2024

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PORT ORANGE, FLORIDA – Marilyn Jean Thibodeau (Russell), 86, passed away peacefully March 24, 2024, at home surrounded by her family.

Born December 26, 1937, in Skowhegan, Maine to John Willis Russell and Ada Jeanette Russell.

Marilyn graduated from Madison High School in 1956 where she was Captain of the Majorette Troupe and member of the National Honor Society. She went on to earn her certification in 1958 as an X-Ray Technologist from Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine.

On December 7, 1957, she married her long-time love Charles Arthur Thibodeau Jr., spending 72 years together.

Marilyn was a devoted military wife throughout her husband’s full Army career, requiring dozens of relocations to stations throughout the world, as well as being a single parent for 3 years while her husband served two tours in the Vietnam War.

She managed several fund-raising projects and events serving the military community at Post Thrift Shops, Gourmet Cooking Clubs, and Officer’s Wives Clubs.

As a Red Cross volunteer, Marilyn was awarded special recognition for her service after logging over 20,000 hours for the organization.

Upon retirement, she was an award-winning Membership Chairperson for the VFW Auxiliary, Post 3282, Port Orange, Florida. Marilyn enjoyed travel, golf, needlepoint, knitting, and crossword puzzles. Her greatest joy was being with family and friends where she was always “The Life of the Party”!

She was a loving and devoted mother to Lynne (William), Mark (Jamie) and John.
Grandmother to Kathryn Henwood (Lexie), Elizabeth Spina (Danton), Lauren Waitkus (Robert), Katharine Thibodeau, Jack Thibodeau, Mason Thibodeau, and Charlie Thibodeau. Great-grandmother to Leander, Eleanor, and Henley, whom she loved and adored. Later additions to her family include 5 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren.
Marilyn was immensely proud of her family, and leaves behind many beautiful memories and a strong legacy.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and brother Richard John Russell.

A Roman Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at 8:30 A.M. on April 23, 2024 at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 4675 Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange, Florida, 32128.
Interment will be private, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Marilyn to Halifax Health Hospice:

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Checks can be mailed to Halifax Health Hospice, 3000 Wood Briar Trail, Port Orange, Florida, 32128

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  1. Cindy Beyer says:
    03 Apr 2024
    Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. She was a great lady.

  2. Karen Borges says:
    03 Apr 2024
    My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! May your memories bring you comfort in a day to come♥️

  3. Joyce Pinkston says:
    03 Apr 2024
    Memories will bring back your mother, Lynne. She remains in your ❤️

  4. Debbie Schulenburg lit a candle:
    01 Apr 2024
    Lit since April 1, 2024 at 4:50:12 PM

  5. Debbie Schulenburg says:
    01 Apr 2024
    Sending love to all the family. May your memories give you strength in the days ahead.

    Deb and Rick Schulenburg

  6. Maureen Sullivan says:
    01 Apr 2024
    We were so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. She was full of energy, caring and love, she will be sorely missed.
    With love, Maureen and John

  7. Charlie Anderson Thibodeau lit a candle:
    31 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 31, 2024 at 3:46:46 PM

  8. Charlie Anderson Thibodeau says:
    31 Mar 2024
    Miss you Grammy.
    Love you,

  9. John Russell Thibodeau lit a candle:
    31 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 31, 2024 at 3:12:33 PM

  10. John Russell Thibodeau says:
    31 Mar 2024
    I'll always be with you Mom.

    Love, John

  11. Robin Moore lit a candle:
    30 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 30, 2024 at 3:35:00 PM

  12. Jim and Diane Glor says:
    28 Mar 2024
    Marilyn we miss you so much. We've had so many talks and laughs. You will always hold a special place in our hearts. RIP my friend

  13. Jim and Diane Glor lit a candle:
    28 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 28, 2024 at 3:34:04 AM

  14. Dennis & Pam Flesch says:
    27 Mar 2024
    It was a pleasure knowing you over the years. You always had a smile and kind words. You will be missed but never forgotten.

  15. Dennis & Pam Flesch lit a candle:
    27 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 27, 2024 at 3:31:18 PM

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    27 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 27, 2024 at 3:30:21 PM

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    27 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 27, 2024 at 3:08:01 PM

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    27 Mar 2024
    Lit since March 27, 2024 at 3:06:01 PM

  19. Deborah L Caroleo says:
    27 Mar 2024
    You will be missed by many. Always a joy to be around.

  20. Lauren Waitkus says:
    26 Mar 2024
    We love and miss you so much Grammy. It is so sad without you, but we find comfort in the incredible memories we made together. We will carry you in our hearts forever. We love you Grammy❤️

    Your granddaughter,
    Lauren Henwood Waitkus


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