H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel

173 Allen Road Ne, Sandy Springs, GA


Marilyn Jean Christopher

May 7, 1941November 27, 2019

With profound sorrow, we announce the passing of Marilyn Jean Christopher, 78, our beloved sister, aunt, partner and friend. Marilyn passed peacefully on November 27, 2019 following complications of dementia, which she had valiantly fought for years. Her smile would light-up the room…her laugh, like no other, richly filled with happiness. Marilyn was born in Pulaski, Tennessee to Paul Christopher and Nell Stigall. Nurtured by a loving family, community life, her love for all nature and animals, she developed her passion for teaching. She taught and retired from Fulton County Board of Education as Chair of the Physical Education Dept. at North Springs High School in Atlanta. Previous to this, she was on faculty of Sullins College of Bristol, VA & TN. Marilyn received her Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee. Her love of all things “Tennessee”, Marilyn always considered “Pula” as her home. An animal activist, Marilyn was devoted to all feathered and furry friends. She and a neighbor once retained over twenty feral cats having them spayed/neutered. Her sweaters and coats became kitty beds. Marilyn is survived by her sister, Phyllis (Eugene) Childress, niece Leigh Ann (Richard) Holt, son Zach, niece Lori (Johnny) Herd, daughter Anna Grace, sons John Parker and Heath all of Pulaski, TN and her partner Harriet C. Barfield of Atlanta. Our gratitude to Trudy Penland of Hiawassee, GA and Veronica Mwangi of Atlanta for their dedication and caregiving skills and compassion. To Angel Companions of Atlanta, thank you for your many kindnesses. Words are not adequate to express gratitude to Season’s Hospice of Atlanta/Cumming Facility. These folks are amazing, dedicated and talented people. A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the charity of your choice or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memorial Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PO Box 96684, Washington DC, 20090-6684. SweetGirl: We believe in Angels…Sweet dreams to leave troubles far behind…Stars shining brightly around you…Soft breezes whisper sweetly, “I Love You”. Condolences may be sent to 3skatz@mindspring.com.


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Jerry Lowery

December 6, 2019

Marilyn was A devoted, loving, nurturing, faithful, devout friend. She loved without reservation and would give her all for her friends and family
We were friends for more than 50 years and shared many festive occasions together. We loved our martinis and elaborate dinners.
One of my fondest memories is when we travel to Daytona beach for spring break in 1966. Another was at my home at Daybreak Manor for my annual Christmas dinner. She and Harriet for many years gave a very celebratory Fourth of July cookout at their home it was meticulous in every way. Be at peace my dear friend I love you.