Marilyn L. Bridges, 76, passed away Feb. 2, 2012, in the caring arms of her devoted children. Marilyn was born in Orneville on Nov. 12, 1935, the daughter of Elden and Arlene Brown.

Marilyn devoted her entire life to raising children, beginning with her seven brothers and sisters, whom she promised to keep together after the death of her parents — a promise she held much pride in keeping. As she triumphed through the hardships of raising her siblings, she started her own family. Along the way she offered to share her home with many people — friends, family, children and of course, all the furry and feathered friends dragged home from time to time. “There’s always room for one more,” she’d say.

Marilyn had a heart of gold and a selfless spirit that went so far beyond kindness. She gave without limits, never expecting anything in return, making a difference in the lives of anyone lucky enough to know her. Marilyn has a large family and enjoyed so much the hustle and bustle of her busy kitchen. Her beloved grandchildren filled her life with hope and her home with love. The memories and joy we have been blessed to share, will remain a treasured gift we all shall carry forever.

Marilyn was predeceased by her husband, Ivan Bruce Bridges; parents, Elden and Arlene Brown; her sweet baby Charlene Bridges; six beloved younger brothers, Buster, Danny, Paul, Raymond, Gerald and Roger Brown; sister, Norma Elwell; and a cherished nephew, Mark Brown.

Marilyn is survived by her loving children, Regina Perry and her husband Ed, Coleen Damon and her husband Erwin, Clara Bridges and her husband Danny Gray, Rick Bridges and his wife Tammy, Elaine Morey and her husband Kevin, James “Bubby” Bridges and Brandy Bridges and fiance Devon Rogers; sister, Marion Hood and Marion’s daughter, Lorraine Tripp; brother, Alden Brown; 15 cherished grandchildren, James, Gary, Heather, Edward, Josh, Cody, Cass, Kenneth, Michael, Courtney, Carlie, Johnathan, Katie, Shayley and baby Miranda; and eight great-grandchildren, Christian, Eddie, Steven, Sami, Auren, Alyssa, Izaiah and baby Cooper. She will also be greatly missed by her five dogs.

Family and friends will gather for visitation Thursday, Feb. 9, from 3 p.m. until the time of service at 5 p.m., at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, with Pastor Peter Remick officiating. A gathering will follow the service at Prospect Community Club to celebrate Marilyn’s life — all are welcome.