PASTOR MARILYN BRITTON
Marilyn Margaret Britton left the loving arms of « my
David » and was lifted up by the everlasting arms of her loving
Saviour, Jesus, on May 27, 2019, seven days after celebrating their
58th wedding anniversary. She left behind a body plagued by pain and
worn out in a brief battle with cancer and a brain muddled by
dementia. Marilyn took with her a passion for the Trinity, a deep love
for people, and a rich mothering anointing.
born in Saint John in June 1941, the eldest daughter of William and
Bertha Hall. She spent her early childhood on the Kingston Peninsula
and began her education in the one room school at Summerville. Moving
to Chamcook N B, she attended Chamcook School and then briefly Vincent
Massey High School. At 15 she moved to Saint John to attend Saint John
Vocational School to study Home Economics. There she met the love of
her life, David Britton, at a church youth group.
married her sweetheart in 1961 at age 19, and immediately moved to
Moncton where he was employed by the CNR and where she resided for the
rest of her life. A stay at home Mom, she was a skilled seamstress and
a great cook, assisting in the family budget by sewing and selling
doll clothes, as well as taking in several boarders. She
wholeheartedly supported her husband when he was a candidate in three
political campaigns. They both were active in church activities, as
well as in the Boy Scout movement.
Her interest in dolls
stimulated her to create some hand puppets, which eventually propelled
the family into a thirty year adventure as the Family Britton
Puppeteers, performing throughout the Maritimes in malls, churches,
community events, company parties, and a 7 year stint performing on
Marine Atlantic ferries. Marilyn created over 100 puppets and as well
was the artist who create the scenery. She also enjoyed oil painting,
leather work, and ceramics.
During the 1970’s
Marilyn became a part time student at the Atlantic Baptist College,
and eventually became the first married woman to attain their 2 year
diploma. She went on to study at Mount Allison University and earned
her BA degree in 1984.
Marilyn had a lifelong interest in
assisting the underprivileged and marginalized. Out of this developed
a Bible study which eventually in 1996, began meeting on Sundays and
together with her David, they planted a church, Water & Wine
Assembly of Christians, which they eventually pastored for twenty
years. Pastor Marilyn was not only a loving friend, and a wise
adviser, but also an eloquent speaker. Her love of liturgical dance
and visual expressions of worship with flags and banners established a
culture of celebration at WWA.
Marilyn’s love of
children was wonderfully demonstrated during the Christmas season
when, as Mrs. Claus she joined David (Mr. Claus) in visiting schools,
which she did for over twenty years, including 2018.
Marilyn gave of herself unsparingly and unreservedly and
passionately ministered to anyone who were hurting or had a need. She
had no conception of laziness and was passionate about studying,
especially the Bible. She was known for her avid prayer life. Marilyn
was a mentor, a spiritual mother to many, and a dear friend
Marilyn’s favourite expression was, « Bless
you » which was constantly on her lips as she engaged with people,
and those attending her during her final illness were thoroughly
blessed. She died as she lived, full of love and grace, very
appreciative of the wonderful care that she was receiving in the 5600
unit, and then in the Palliative Care unit, and impacting those around
her. Her family are thoroughly pleased with the care that Marilyn
received from the staff at the Moncton City Hospital.
Marilyn’s close relationship with her husband David
drew attention, whether they were ministering together, or walking
hand in hand grocery shipping, performing with puppets, or gardening,
reading poetry aloud, or eating out. Their mutual adoration was very
evident during her struggles with dementia, and more recently, as
David was a fixture at her bedside 24/7 .
predeceased by her parents and an infant great grand-daughter, Sarah
She left a rich spiritual and cultural
legacy to her children, Dr. Cheryl Jones (Brian) of Ottawa, Andrew
Britton, and Daniel (Susan) Britton of Moncton. This was extended to
her grandchildren Natasha (Daniel) Lichti, Shakespeare, Ont., Naomi
(Joseph) Mellon, Detroit, Nathanael (Saria) Jones, Abbotsford, BC,
Sarah-Jane (Ryan) Bastarache , Joshua Britton, Rebekah Britton, and
Caleb Britton, all of Moncton. Her great grandchildren include Isaac,
Zackery, Ezekiel, and Ellie Rose Lichti, Nehemiah, Lincoln, Rebekah
and Evelyn Bastarache, William, Grace and Henry Britton.
She was the matriarch of her family and leaves behind her
siblings Elaine (Jim) Brown, Lower Sackville, NS, Elva (Tom) Curtis,
Truro, NS, Judy (John) Rae, Sambro Head NS, and Doug (Karen) Hall,
Summerville, NB, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, May 31, 2019 from 2 to4 and 6 to 8
at Water & Wine Assembly of Christians’, 95 Massey
The funeral service will be held at on Saturday, June 1, 2019
at 11:00am. The location will be announced.
For those who wish to make a financial donation in
Marilyn’s honour, the family recommends The Fellowship of
Christians, directed to their support of churches in
Interment will be in Fairhaven Memorial
Arrangements have been entrusted to Tuttle Brothers &
Riverview Funeral Home 214 Pine Glen Rd. Riverview, NB (506)
Online condolences can be made
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de PASTOR MARILYN BRITTON 19412019..
Décès pour la Ville: Riverview, Province: Nouveau-Brunswick