Marilyn Joyce (Beals Stitham) McKinnon

Obituary
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On Jan. 5, 2019, Marilyn Joyce (Beals Stitham) McKinnon died peacefully, with her family at her side. Her family takes comfort in knowing that Marilyn is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Marilyn was born on Sept. 26, 1926, in Mars Hill. Marilyn's mother succumbed to tuberculosis soon after her birth and she was primarily raised by her paternal grandparents, Jessie and Thadeous Beals.

Marilyn was a 1944 graduate of Aroostook Central Institute, in Mars Hil. Years later, Marilyn attended the Maine School of Practical Nursing in Presque Isle and graduated as an LPN, in 1965.

Marilyn and Wendell Stitham were married Dec. 3, 1946, and raised their daughters, Cheryle and Regena, in Bridgewater, Maine, where they ran a dairy farm for many years until Wendell's death in May, 1967.

In September 1970, Marilyn married Lloyd McKinnon. Marilyn and Lloyd were members of the Free Baptist Church in Bridgewater. After Lloyd retired, they resided in Inverness, Fla., near Lloyd's brother Ralph MacKinnon and his wife, Ines. Marilyn and Lloyd returned to Maine to live with Marilyn's daughter, Cheryle and her husband Roger, in Randolph.

Marilyn enjoyed singing, playing the piano and organ. She was a beautiful cook, loved knitting and spending time with her family, the joys of her life.

Marilyn is predeceased by her parents, Harold and Jessie (Shaw) Beals and stepmother, Hazel Beals; first husband, Wendell Lawrence Stitham, second husband, Lloyd McKinnon; half-brothers, Edwin Beals and Merton Beals of Houlton; granddaughter, Annette Lurae Treadwell; and great-granddaughter, Megan Marie Bradstreet.

Marilyn is survived by her sister, Lorraine Cheney, residing in Casco; two daughters, Cheryle (Stitham) Rogerson and her husband Roger, of Randolph, Maine, and Regena (Stitham) Muise and her husband Ray of Everett, Mass., one stepdaughter, Mavis (McKinnon) Bradstreet and her husband Wayne, of Bridgewater, Maine and one stepson, Ivan McKinnon and his wife Norma of Smyrna, Maine.

Marilyn is also survived by many grandchildren; great -grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Marilyn will be buried at the Corner Cemetery in Bridgewater. A spring graveside memorial is planned.

Marilyn's family would like to thank the Glenridge Nursing Home staff for the wonderful care and compassion they bestowed to Marilyn and her family. Marilyn's family is especially grateful to her doctor, Laura Caron, MD of Augusta, for the years of care she provided Marilyn and support she offered to her family.

Published in Central Maine on Jan. 9, 2019