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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. 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. 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, the prides and joys 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 on Friday, January 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 South Main St., Middleton. Visit www.mackeyfuneralhome.com. A church service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m., at the Middleton Congregational Church, 66 Maple St., Middleton, followed by a get together at 47 East St., Middleton. 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.
Published on January 14, 2018
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