Marilyn Joyce (Beals Stitham) McKinnon

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Marilyn Joyce (Beals Stitham) McKinnon

September 26, 1926 - January 05, 2019

RANDOLPH - On January 5, 2019, Marilyn Joyce (Beals Stitham) McKinnon died peacefully, with her family at her side. Her family takes comfort in knowing that Marilyn is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Marilyn was born on September 26, 1926, in Mars Hill, ME. Marilyn's mother succumbed to tuberculosis soon after her birth and she was primarily raised by her paternal grandparents, Jessie and Thadeous Beals.
Marilyn was a 1944 graduate of Aroostook Central Institute, in Mars Hill, ME. Years later, Marilyn attended the Maine School of Practical Nursing in Presque Isle, ME and graduated as an LPN, in 1965.
Marilyn and Wendell Stitham were married December 3, 1946, and raised their daughters, Cheryle and Regena, in Bridgewater, ME, where they ran a dairy farm for many years until Wendell's death in May, 1967.
In September 1970, Marilyn married Lloyd McKinnon. Marilyn and Lloyd were members of the Free Baptist Church in Bridgewater, ME. After Lloyd retired, they resided in Inverness, FL, near Lloyd's brother Ralph MacKinnon and his wife, Ines. Marilyn and Lloyd returned to Maine to live with Marilyn's daughter, Cheryle and her husband Roger, in Randolph.
Marilyn enjoyed singing, playing the piano and organ. She was a beautiful cook, loved knitting and spending time with her family, the joys of her life.
Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Jessie (Shaw) Beals and step-mother, Hazel Beals; first husband, Wendell Lawrence Stitham; second husband, Lloyd McKinnon; half-brothers', Edwin Beals and Merton Beals of Houlton, ME; granddaughter, Annette Lurae Treadwell and great-granddaughter, Megan Marie Bradstreet.
Marilyn is survived by her sister, Lorraine Cheney, residing in Casco, ME; two daughters, Cheryle (Stitham) Rogerson and her husband Roger, of Randolph, ME and Regena (Stitham) Muise and her husband Ray, of Everett, MA; one step-daughter, Mavis (McKinnon) Bradstreet and her husband Wayne, of Bridgewater, ME; and one step-son, Ivan McKinnon and his wife Norma of Smyrna, ME.
Marilyn is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Marilyn will be buried at the Corner Cemetery in Bridgewater, ME. A spring graveside memorial is planned.
Marilyn's family would like to thank the Glenridge Nursing Home staff for the wonderful care and compassion they bestowed to Marilyn and her family. Marilyn's family is especially grateful to her doctor, Laura Caron, MD of Augusta, for the years of care she provided Marilyn and support she offered to her family.
Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website:
Published on January 9, 2019
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Donald W. Beattie at 245 Main Street, Winthrop, ME 04364; 207-377-6251.
Jan 11, 2019
I knew Marilyn when she was Marilyn Beals. I was three and a half years old and we lived in a second floor apartment in her grandfather's house in Blaine, ME. That house is still there and it seems to be in good shape. Is seems to me that she lived in the house next to this one but below the hill; proably with her grandfather, grandmother and Arlene, etc. That is almost 80 years ago. And she is just now passing, wow!. She was brought up by her grandfather, Thaddeus Beals who I can still see a vivid likeness of in my mind as I can hers. She was a beautiful gir/young teenager wiith very dark, shoulder-length hair and looked a lot like her first cousin, Arlene Beals (who was a few years older).... Marilyn and Arlene were very kind to me. I am also a third cousin of her step daughter, Mavis (McKinnon) Bradstreet. Arlene Beals was Thaddeus's daughter. She and Marilyn resembled each other. I believe she has a younger relative, Marlene Beals (do not know her married name), though Marlene was the student pianist for the two glee clubs that I conducted when I was a teacher in 1959-1960 at Bridgewater Classical Academy. in Bridgewater, ME. I remarked, then, to Marlene how I thought Marlene resembled both Marilyn and Arlene. I suspect Myron Beals (who I met a couple of times) was the father of Marlene--could be wrong; and, I suspect Myron may have been a son of Thaddeus Beals. I am so pleased that I have a memory of Marilyn and her kin even as a young child. Those Beals' girls/women were close friends with our mother, Grace Louise (Clark) Beattie; Ganyo (especially Arlene). RIP, Marilyn and condolences to the living friends and relatives of Marilyn. I wish I had known that Marilyn lived in Augusta, ME, that close to me for many years. Glad she was a nurse. I had two of their cousins, Mary Beals and Everett Beals as teachers in Mars Hill in the grades.…/marilyn-mck…/submit…Read more
Donald Beattie
Jan 11, 2019
I met Marilyn when I was about three and a half years old; we lived in a second floor apartment owned by her grandfather, Thaddeus Beals, who brought her up. What a beautiful and sweet woman. I also remember her first cousin-sister Arlene Beals.