Marilyn Clara Averett was born in Dayton, Ohio November 4th,1935. She was preceded in death by her parents George B. McLane and Virginia Jackson, Husband Charles Averett, Sisters; Marguerite Letia Stephens, Sylvia McLane, Georgia Rose Collins, Rosalee Wade, Flora Grace Holmes, Faith Marigold Johnson, Charlette McCleskey, Francis Warren, Brothers; George McLane, Clennan Warren and granddaughter Marissa Mae Averett.
Marilyn was affectionately known as "Momma" by her grandchildren, "Aunt Merle" by her nieces and nephews, "Mother" by her church family and Marilyn by friends. The common denominator shared by all was her generosity toward those she met.
The early years after her departure from Dayton,Ohio was spent in New York City where she met and married Charles Averett Sr. and from that union they had a son Charles Jr. Marilyn enjoyed a very close relationship with her husbands family the Averetts; so much so that both families became one very big family and an integral part of each others lives.
Marilyn was also known as a successful business woman working in the music industry at a time when not many women of color could be identified as successful. Her life was not easy; she worked extremely hard and made many sacrifices for her family who in turn enjoyed the benefits of her labor with the things that went with success; beautiful homes and the ability to enjoy life.
In addition to New York City, Marilyn lived in Hartsdale NY, Syracuse NY, and Cleveland Ohio before permanently retiring back to her home town of Dayton Ohio. Each home was beautifully furnished and decorated with her loving touch. Holiday and family gatherings were the norm; Her closeness to family and friends was like being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold winters night. Love and generosity was always the message.
However nothing prepared her for her greatest gift.......her acceptance of receiving the lord into her life. Material things no longer mattered as much and the things that mattered most had nothing to do with wealth. But she remained wealthy anyway........differently. SHE LOVED THE LORD; her faith was unwavering and tested on many occasions; she stood fast each time.
On August 6th, 2018 angels were dispatched to escort Marilyn home; she spent 82 years, 9 months and 2 days on this earth; now she rests in heavenly peace.
Marilyn is survived by:her son Charles Timothy Averett and stepdaughter Maxine Simmons; Grandchildren; Marilyn Maria Brown (David), Chalice Summer Averett-Pina (Miguel) and Karlie Ann Averett,Gino Simmons and Joshua Simmons; Great-grandchildren; Averett Diakhate, Morgan Averett-Pina and Michael Averett; Sisters; Janet Samuels,Virginia Cutler, Ruby Adams (Ernest) and Gladys Julius. Cousin; Charles Allen; Nephews and Nieces: Reginald Holmes, Adrienne- Averett McKinney and son Jason King, Regina Brown, Clennan Holmes (Tammy), Sylvia Holmes-McQueen (Delgreco), Steve Holmes (Carolyn), Charles Stephens (Beverly) and their children. Lifelong friends: Marjorie Lewis, Mary Harris, Gloria Sims, James and Marva Martin,Connie Vincent and Gloria Jones; Spiritual daughter and son in law Antoinette and Richard Hilliard, Ms. Alicia Averett whom she dearly loved as a daughter from the day they became family and a host of family and friends too many to mention.
We won't say goodbye just thank you and farewell for now.
Visitation will be held from 10:30-11:30 am on Friday, August 17, 2018 at New Life Worship Center, 3350 Benchwood Drive, Dayton, where the funeral service will begin at 11:30 am. Burial will follow at Dayton National Cemetery at 1:45 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marilyn's name to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Newcomer North Chapel, 4104 Needmore Road. To leave a special message for the family, please click on Share Memories.