OBITUARY

Marilyn D. Mapes

March 3, 1935April 23, 2019
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Marilyn D. Mapes, of Old Saybrook, died peacefully at 1:30 AM on Tuesday, April 23rd, at home surrounded by her kitties and her family. Marilyn was unexpectedly diagnosed with leukemia. When she didn’t respond to the treatments, she was released for in-home hospice care.

Marilyn was born on March 3rd, 1935, in Hamden, CT, the daughter of Nelson J Dunn and Anna Casey Dunn. She grew up in the New Haven area and attended Gateway and Connecticut College where she earned a BA in Social Work. In 1959, she married Theodore J Mapes and had three children and settled in Old Saybrook, CT, where she’s lived ever since. In 1987, Marilyn returned to her passion of social work at DCF in Norwich.

Marilyn loved Old Saybrook. She loved the beach, the people, her family and her friends. She was very funny and is known for making everyone laugh. She often commented that life in Old Saybrook felt like the classic play, Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, where everyone knows everyone and the cycle of life is vibrant.

Marilyn is survived by her son Brian Mapes of Westbrook, CT, her daughter Deb Mapes and son-in-law, Kevin Doyle of Watertown, MA and her daughter Wendy Mapes and son-in-law, Jaroslaw Chrzanowski of Montclair, NJ.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 26th from 4-7pm at Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 27th at 9:30am in Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT, 06371. Burial will follow in Old Saybrook.

In lieu of flowers we think our Mom would appreciate donations to either of the following: Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Road, Meriden, CT, 06451 or the CT Hospice which provided such outstanding care in her final days: CT Hospice 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.

Deb, Brian, Wendy, Kevin and Jarek, want to thank all of you for the support that you have been to us through this difficult week and for the love and friendship that you shared with our mom over the course of her 84 years of life.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 27, 2019

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Nan Johnson

April 24, 2019

dear deb, wendy, brian, kevin and jarek

we would be honored to make a donation to the local humane society in loving memory of Marilyn......what a sweet way to remember her, enjoying her unexpected gift of a kitten so late in her life (thanks to you guys!!!) and so it seems fitting to help other cats. much love, nan and marge

Ellen Atwood

April 24, 2019

Deb, Brian and Wendy,
Oh, my goodness, did I have many laughs with your mother - often at very unexpected times. She truly was a gem, so thoughtful and kind and did so much good work for many families during her working career. She loved and spoke proudly of all of you. I am sure she has now found that the reception she received was beyond her imagination.
Hugs to all of you,
Ellen

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