Marilyn Marcy, a devoted wife, loving mother, and dedicated teacher, passed away Sunday at home. Born on January 25, 1936, in Buffalo, she filled her life with compassion, kindness, and a genuine love for those around her. Marilyn pursued a bachelor's degree at SUNY Cortland, and after having three sons, embarked on a fulfilling career as a first-grade teacher at Vernon Elementary School. She developed a unique combined classroom by partnering with a second-grade teacher, Drinda Adams.
One of Marilyn's enduring passions was literacy. Because of her interest and expertise, IBM gave her the opportunity to bring a new school learning program called “Writing to Read” to schools throughout the country.
After retiring, Marilyn became a mentor for student teachers at SUNY Cortland, sharing her knowledge and experience with aspiring educators. She also served as a trustee at the Fairmount Community Library, leading a summer reading program for children. Her passion for reading was infectious, inspiring children to develop an enduring love for books.
Marilyn’s talents went far beyond teaching. She was exceptionally skilled at knitting, drawing, china painting, and baking delectable apple pies and Christmas cookies. Her annual Christmas letter was eagerly anticipated by friends and family. She also enjoyed playing bridge, mahjong, and croquet at West Hill Golf Course.
Marilyn’s devotion to family was evident in her love for spending time with her grandchildren, creating cherished memories at the Sunday night dinners at Grammy's. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched.
Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Marie Lewis.
Surviving are her loving husband of 65 years, Gene; three adored sons, Darrell (Christina Essig) Marcy, Duane (Patti) Marcy, and Douglas Marcy; and three cherished grandchildren, Phelan Marcy, Max Marcy, and Katie Marcy.
Marilyn’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Pilar Severs for her loving care and compassion over Marilyn’s final two years.
Relatives and friends may call Sunday, December 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus.
A funeral service will be held Monday, December 18, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Marilyn will be laid to rest in White Chapel Memory Gardens, DeWitt.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Dr. Syracuse, NY 13219.