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Marilyn Yaxley Bartholomew

September 11, 1925March 19, 2020

BARTHOLOMEW, Marilyn Yaxley, 94, of Tampa, FL passed away peacefully March 19, 2020. The widow of John E Bartholomew of PA and Coral Springs, FL. She is survived by three daughters and their families: Nancy Sample and son Ben, his wife Jen and daughter Keira of CA; Patricia Newhart and children, Allison, her husband Race Miner and twin sons, Kyle and Ryan of FL, twins Brett and Scott Newhart and children Deven, Mason, and Avalynn of PA; and Rebecca Belanger, her husband, Norman of Tampa, FL, and her daughter Tara and husband Dr. Damian Caraballo and sons Damian Gabriel, Nathaniel John, and Luke Julian. Marilyn was the daughter of the late Daisy (Call) and Francis Yaxley and sister of the late Caroline (Mrs. Virgil) Taylor of Bainbridge, (Chagrin Falls) OH. She leaves behind the close families of nieces, Carol Malz, and Marion Howard and nephew, Richard Taylor. Carol Malz and Richard Taylor have proceeded her in death. Marilyn, a lifelong learner, acquired 3 degrees over 28 years from Kent State University, while teaching and caring for her family. Her career in Ohio, Florida, & Saudi Arabia included elementary teacher, guidance, family & mental health counselor, school psychologist, and exceptional student programs. Her most rewarding 4 years were teaching for the American Consulate’s Dhahran Academy in Saudi Arabia while living in the Aramco Compound. That inspired her to become a world traveler. While circling the world 3 times, she explored all 7 continents and all 50 states. Her search for knowledge continued when she married John in 1973. Moving to Broward Co. Florida, she enrolled in classes at Nova and Florida Atlantic Universities and continued her career. After her husband’s death in 1980, Marilyn also ran his company, Coral Springs Development, Inc. She eventually sold it to move closer to her daughter, Becky, in Tampa. Marilyn was a member of Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church and the Friendship SS class. In 1994, she was a charter member of Learning in Retirement (now OLLI @ USF) and SNUG (computer group). She took many computer classes and coached for beginners. She was the Yaxley family genealogist and helped start Genealogy SIG at USF. Over the years, she had been involved as a volunteer for OLLI with numerous committees, activities, historian, board member and classes for the USF senior programs. She also taught many “Life Story Writing” classes. Marilyn valued her OLLI friends, especially WOW (Writers of Wisdom), a group of life story writers who have continued to write together for many years. Her love of the arts was fulfilled by serving as a head ambassador at Straz Preforming Arts Center for many years. An avid gardener, she was happiest when working with her orchids, plants, and landscape. Funeral services will be determined at a later date due to the Corona Virus. This will be followed with a back to her roots memorial and burial beside her beloved John and her family in Bainbridge Twp. Ohio.


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Marilyn Yaxley Bartholomew

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Lourdes Caraballo

March 22, 2020

Dearest friends,
All my love and condolences to all your family in the passing of beloved Marilyn.
I very much admired her strength, dignity and fortitude as she sat with me and shared her many life experiences & attained wisdom from living life to the fullest.
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to hear her stories and be encouraged as she freely and honestly shared many joys & valleys of her long life with courage, resilience and continued hope and faith.
May Jesus Christ, our only Savior and His Father of all comfort, who comforts us in every trouble, strengthen and give you peace and thanksgiving with full healing and restoration through your loss.
May her life and example remind us to persevere and walk forward in faith.
Praying for His blessings and peace with all my love,

Ysi Caraballo

March 21, 2020

Marilyn had a dignified and life loving personality, and I will always remember her smile and kindness. I am very glad to have known her, even though our contact was few in these last years of her life. She left a beautiful legacy in her daughter Becky and grandaughter Tara. My last memory of her was a few Christmases past, when I gave her a little gift, and she so gracefuly stated that I always remembered everyone at Christmas. Thank you Marilyn, for I will remember those last words so fondly.
Rest in the Lord's peace 💕