HUDSON, MASS., AND PRESQUE ISLE - Marilyn Ruth Fillmore Fields, 65, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Born on April 3, 1948, in Presque Isle, she was the daughter of Claude Fillmore and Mildred (Ward) Gildert.
She is survived by her devoted boyfriend, James "Jim" Sheehan ("The Keeper"); her daughter, Kelly Fields; her daughter, Nikki Heitz and family, husband, Rich, and daughter, Alyssa; her son, Shawn Fields; her brother, Ronald Fillmore; her sister, Nancy "Nanny" Haley and family, daughter, Jenny, son-in-law, Tim, and granddaughter, Teagan; and her sister, Patty LeBlanc and family, husband, Gerald, daughter, Tammy and her fiancé, Paul, daughter, Tracy, son-in-law, Rhett, and grandchildren, Jerica, Jaylee, and Dakota.
Marilyn was overjoyed in becoming part of a large and loving family, upon meeting Jim, consisting of his siblings, Mary Bennett, Eileen Costa, Nancy Marche, John Sheehan and Anne Sears and their spouses, children and grandchildren.
She worked as a hair stylist for more than 35 years. Marilyn touched many lives with her generosity, courage, strength, humble ways, positive approach to life, and devotion to God. She loved the ocean, especially the beaches and coastal towns of Maine, and retained a deep connection to "The County" where many good friends and family members reside. She could not resist the opportunity to prepare meals or bake countless desserts, each with her own special touch, for gatherings of family and friends, regardless of the occasion or lack thereof.
Marilyn was the recipient of a lung transplant in 2008 and never forgot how truly "blessed" she was, despite the numerous doctor visits, medications, and setbacks that were part of her journey. She was deeply comforted by the level of care and compassion shown by the surgeons, doctors, nurses, support staff, and other lung transplant recipients at Brigham & Women's Hospital. In time, Marilyn established a special connection with the mother of her lung donor. The "gift of life and love" from her donor and his family was an overwhelming generosity for her. She is forever grateful and would wish that everyone else be equally so for her quality of life, especially over the past six years. She lived every day to honor God, her donor, her family and friends. She will be forever missed.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to the New England Organ Bank, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.