A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Mary Frances Marshall

May 16, 1949March 24, 2020

Mary Frances Marshall passed away on March 24, 2020, at the Island Health and Rehabilitation Center in Merritt Island at the age of 70.

Mary was born in Washington, DC, to her parents, Frank Murdock and Juanita Kitchens, on May 16, 1949. She later moved to Bladensburg, MD, where she met her High School sweetheart, Walt Marshall, in 1966. They later became married in September of 1972.

Mary spent her career as an Administrative Assistant to several governmental agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Agency for International Development, the Department of State, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Shortly after they were married, Walt and Mary began a yearly tradition of visiting Mary’s mother at her home in Florida. Together, they finally made the move to Brevard County in 2006. There, Mary became a Merritt Island Ladies Club member, where she forged several long-lasting friendships.

Mary had a life-long love and passion for watching and adoring birds of all different kinds. She enjoyed taking in all the beauty that nature offers and spending time on the beach. She also enjoyed taking pleasure cruises out of Port Canaveral, visiting many destinations throughout her years in Florida.

Mary had a sweet tooth and could often be found with a dark chocolate Hershey bar in one hand and Pepsi in the other. She was a true fashionista and enjoyed shopping for just the right shoes and purse to match her many outfits.

Mary is dearly missed by her adoring husband of 47 years, Walt Marshall; she is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Adair, Patricia Ferrara, Patricia’s husband Anthony (Tony) Ferrara, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Immediately following her passing, Mary was laid to rest at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge. A visitation gathering will be held on her birthday, Sunday, May 16, 2021, at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial from 1 pm to 3 pm. A memorial service will begin at 3 pm with a reception gathering to follow. Visitors to Mary’s online tribute are encouraged to share a cherished memory or leave a word of comfort for the family.

Services

16 May

Visitation Gathering

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Life Event Center at Florida Memorial

5950 South US Highway 1
Rockledge, Florida

16 May

Memorial Service

3:00 pm

Life Event Center at Florida Memorial

5950 South US Highway 1
Rockledge, Florida

Memories

Mary Frances Marshall

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Cindy Flowers

March 14, 2021

Rest In Peace MARY
I only knew you through your loving husband WALT who still talks of you very highly
We with Rolling Thunder will take good care of him

Elaine Foster

March 29, 2020

Oh Walt, my deepest sympathies go out to you from the North! You and Mary were such an incredible couple! Dedicated to one another in a way that I have never seen! A true love the way that God intended it to be! Hold close those precious memories and find her in all of the day to day moments when the sun shines on your face, and the breeze kisses your cheeks! I will treasure the time that we all spent together at Disney, and how nice it was getting to know Mary better! We love you Walt, and are here for you! The night owl never leaves the perch. Mary is resting in the ARMS of Jesus, and I have no doubt, HE will hold her until you meet again! We love you and are keeping you in our prayers! Elaine

Paula Adams

March 28, 2020

Like Robin, I too did not know Walt's beautiful Mary personally, but have known Walter and the Marshall family since we were kids growing up across the street from each other. Walt, you and Mary shared a precious love story of 54 amazing years! What sweet memories you have, and they are forever. You've been a wonderful caring loving husband, and I know she dearly loved you for lovingly caring for her. Today she's well, whole, and healed. Praise God! My thoughts and prayers are with you for God's continued comfort, peace, love, and watchcare over you. God bless you...Paula

Dan and Joan Sheline

March 28, 2020

Dear Walt, though we didn't know Mary, your love and dedication to her spoke volumes. Our sympathies in your loss but knowing that we are all children of God and death is not the end. He will be our rock until we are all together for eternity. God's comfort and strength be with you.

Cindy Flowers

March 28, 2020

Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family
God Bless. Lots of Love
Cindy

Robin Thornton

March 28, 2020

I did not know Mary personally but have known Walt for a lifetime. I know that Walt and Mary shared a beautiful and long love and marriage. May your memories of Mary comfort you and sustain you through this difficult time. You were a wonderful, loving, caring and compassionate husband. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

WALTER MARSHALL

March 28, 2020

Mary and I met in 1966 (our junior year of high school) at Bladensburg Senior High School, Bladensburg, Maryland.

After graduation Mary went on to start her working career at the Internal Revenue Service, where she met her two best friends (Bonnie and Linda) who still remain friends today. After working with the IRS for a spell, Mary worked for the Agency for International Development (AID). Mary later went on to work at the Department of State for the Assistant Legal Adviser of Foreign Affairs, the finished her working career at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

After completion of my military service in 1971, we planned our wedding which took place September 9, 1972. Our friends Bonnie and Linda were part of our wedding party.

We both retired in 2004 then moved to Florida in 2006, where we made our final home.

In retirement we traveled as often as possible. Cruising was one of Mary's favorite things to do. I estimate that we went on approximately 30 cruises during our time together. Now we will be planning our eternal cruise when we meet again.

Mary is survived by myself, two sisters Barbara Adair, and Patricia Ferrara, along with many nieces and nephews.

WILLIAM VAN DOREN

March 28, 2020

WALT, She was called home to live in eternal peace. No pain ,no sickness. Enjoy the memories for they are also every lasting. My condolence to you and your family and find strength knowing that you extended family within the chapter will always be there for you.

Bob Ericson

March 27, 2020

Walt - may you find peace and comfort during this trying time. Mary meant so much to you, and I know the feeling of loss and emptiness is overwhelming. Time will heal the heart, but the fond memories will forever be remembered.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY