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Marilyn Mahoney Bain, 95

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Marilyn Mahoney Bain of Green Cove Springs, Florida passed away November 7, 2022.  As she enters Heaven’s gate, she will be greeted by her beloved, and recently departed grandson, Alexander Thomas Bain, and her cherished Sheltie dog, MacGregor.  Marilyn was born September 12, 1927, the first born to the parents of Fred Elias and Claire King Mahoney in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 18 she married her childhood sweetheart, John Robertson Bain, and, by the grace of God, had the very rare opportunity of celebrating her 75th Wedding Anniversary last November 30.

Marilyn was a consummate professional and multitalented wife, mother, lady and musician.  At age 14, she taught piano lessons to students in their home, then in high school played the String Bass in the Detroit All-City Orchestra.  She later honed her skills on the organ much to her husband’s delight.  She spent the majority of her life raising her three children, Sandra Bain Burcham, Marilyn Anne Westmoreland and John Thomas Bain.  As a Naval Officer’s wife, Marilyn enjoyed the changes in venue and the opportunity to meet new friends all over the East coast but mainly in Florida.  As an empty nester, Marilyn’s first job was at Methodist Hospital in Jacksonville, but the highlight of her career was working at Pappas Architect and Associates as Office Manager.  Upon retirement, her son, John, a contractor, built her dream home where she has resided for 25 years.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, John Robertson Bain, her children, Sandra Bain Burcham (Thomas), Marilyn Anne Westmoreland and John Thomas Bain as well as a brother, Robert Adam Mahoney. Seven grandchildren, Christopher and John Westmoreland, Allison, Ashley and Austin Burcham, and Scott and Alex Bain, all got to call her “Grandma” and seven great children call her “Great Grandma. “

Marilyn has enriched the lives of countless people over the last 95 years, bringing joy, friendship, and love to all who knew her.  We will miss that big, beautiful smile and sparkly blue eyes, but now she has heard the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”.  Rest in Peace.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, November 11, 2022 in the Chapel of Russell Haven of Rest with burial in Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery.  Visitation with the family begin at 1:00 PM prior to services.

Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL  32043.  Family and friends may share their condolences at: 904-284-7720

  • Monica Bain

    I was blessed to call Marilyn my Mother-in-law, but she was so much more than that to me. She was my friend and surrogate Mother in the absence of my long-departed Mother. She was an integral part of my life and lives of her grandsons Scott and Alex. Although she was an older grandmother by the time Scott and Alex were born, she went on field trips, took them to movies and was present for every milestone and then some. As the only Grandmother Scott and Alex ever knew, they couldn’t have wished or asked for a better one. They always talked about what a cool Grandma they had. I’ve said many times over the years that, without a doubt, she was the best Mother-in-law ever, and I think she was proud of that title. Her beautiful smile, kindness, love and laughter will be greatly missed, but we know that she is now with Alex in heaven. So grateful for her wonderful life, so well lived, that touched many hearts and lives. Rest in peace, sweet, sweet, Marilyn.

  • Tess Nelson

    I was lucky enough to spend time with Marilyn many times over the years she was my sister’s mother in law. I will cherish those time with her. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.