Marilyn Elizabeth Reese

April 12, 1963November 5, 2012
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Marilyn Elizabeth Reese, 49, of Raleigh, died Monday, November 5, 2012 at her home in Raleigh.

Marilyn was born April 12, 1963 in Ridgewood, NJ, and grew up in North Raleigh. She was a graduate of Millbrook High School and later attended a local business college. Marilyn enjoyed administrative work in various medical offices. She enjoyed spending quality time with family and nurturing her three daughters through girl scouts, soccer, school and college.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Alan Robert Jenny.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Marc Reese; mother, Lois Crawford Jenny of Raleigh; daughters, Sarah Reese; Crissy Reese; and Katherine Reese all of Raleigh; brothers, Ray Jenny and his wife, Pat of Hampstead; Alan Jenny and his wife, Missy of Cary; and Richard Jenny and his wife, Pam of Cary.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, November 8, 2012 at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27608. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

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November 11, 2012

Jenny and family,

I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Marilyn was an extraordinary person, and though it has been many years since we last talked, i have often thought about her. She had a special way of giving that made her unforgettable.
Kathy (Brownfield) Dail

Rody Hawkins

November 9, 2012

We are deeply sadden for your loss and your entire family is in our prayers. We are blessed to have known Marilyn and admire her spirit, generosity, and concern for others. Rody, Vina, and Kena Hawkins

Traci Quinn

November 9, 2012

I have known Marilyn for over 30 years, my brother married her right out of high school as high school sweethearts. We were all too choked up to speak at her memorial yesterday, I found it impossible to speak but I wanted to say here that I never once saw Marilyn lose it over anything, she always faced life with grace and dignity. She was very creative and intelligent and when a situations of chaos would present in her life, she would take charge and organize it and fix the problem. She and Marc have three gorgeous talented daughters whom she raised with perfection. Marilyn was selfless, never wanting anything for herself and never wanting to be the center of attention. She was always the person behind the scenes taking care of everyone else. She loved life and she loved her family and she was very proud of her daughters and the women they have become. I will miss her like many many others but I will cherish the memories and continue to watch the blossoming of her daughters and future they will have because of her example and guidance.

Karen Cawthon Thomas

November 8, 2012

I remember your mother's smile. She always had a smile on her face. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers.

Carol Bost

November 7, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. We pray that your hearts, and minds, and soul, and thoughts have peace. May God grant you whatever it is that you need most at this time. I loved Marilyn's smile and her sweet and endearing personalilty.

Betty Reese

November 7, 2012

Marilyn was one of the most talented women I have ever known. She was a devoted Mother and wife and was much loved by everyone that came in contact with her. Now she is out of pain at last and is with her Lord seeing Him face to face. Marilyn will be so missed not only by her family but also by her many friends and relatives.
Love, Aunt Betty and Chris Reese

Alana Gerdes

November 7, 2012

What a wonderful person your mom was. All I ever heard her talk about was her girls. She showed such kindness to my daughter and she has a fond memory of spending the day at your house in the pool. Prayers and Love at such a diffcult time.

November 7, 2012

Your Rex family is with you and your family in thought and prayer. We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Mona

Kelsie Roper

November 7, 2012

Mrs. Reese was an amazing mom to three beautiful girls. I met Mrs. Reese through her daughter Crissy in middle school and quickly learned that she was a very loving, caring, and nurturing mom to not only her daughters, but to all their friends. She embraced everyone who walked into the house with a warm smile and great food. I will never forget the memories I share with her and the Reese family. God now has another Angel to watch over us from above.

Priscilla Harrell

November 7, 2012

Marc so sorry for your loss Marilyn was a wonderful person, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the children, God bless all of you