Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Dr. Joseph P. Farina who died February 6, 1999, and her sister Georgeann (Eckhoff) MacDonald who died February 6, 2008.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, on Sept. 2, 1931, the daughter of the late George L. and Anne V. (Chambers) Eckhoff. She was a graduate of St. John’s College for Women in Brooklyn, NY, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Marilyn was first employed as an elementary teacher in Levittown, NY, and then with the Chelmsford Public School System. Marilyn created the Kindergarten program at the Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro and retired from her teaching career in the late 1980’s. In her retirement years Marilyn traveled the world, and assumed leadership roles in many communities, civic and religious organizations.
She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church of North Chelmsford.
Marilyn was a member of the Beatrix Potter Society of London England, the American Assoc. of University Women, and the Phi Lamba Theta Sorority for Women in Education.
Marilyn is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anne J. Farina, and J. Lauchlan Wash of Dunstable, three sons and daughters-in-law, J. John, and Julie (Pressly) Farina of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, William G., and Lynda (Taylor) Farina of Pepperell, and Paul A., and Cherie (Crocker) Farina of Chelmsford, a brother-in-law, John MacDonald of Long Island, NY, a sister-in-law, Angela (Farina) Flocco of Willamette, IL, nine grandchildren, Matthew, Timothy, and Nicholas Farina of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Brendan, Mackensey and Conner Farina of Pepperell, Liam Wash of Dunstable, Olivia, and Joseph Farina of Chelmsford, and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours Thurs. 3 to 7P.M. Funeral Fri. at 10AM from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 11A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial in the Lowell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers gifts will be gratefully accepted by St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her memory. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.