On Tuesday March 12, Marilyn finished the final chapter of her life story.
She was born June 25, 1928, to Carroll Haley and Evelyn (Hall) Haley. The family resided in Fryeburg, Maine. After graduating from Fryeburg Academy, she moved to Portland. There she worked as a bookkeeper for H.P. Hood and then The Surplus Store, before retiring.
She was predeceased by her parents, 3 siblings, her husband Thomas Rickett Sr., and a grandson.
Tom and Marilyn raised their 6 children;
Darlene (Steve) Mantis
Sherry (Mike) Ferrante
Lynda (Ron) Goodwin
Lynn (Mike) Gurney
Thomas Rickett Jr.
Then Marilyn opened her home to many foster children, who called her Mimi. She adopted two of them as her own; Christopher and Jessica Rickett. In 2018, the city of Portland presented Marilyn with a key to the city in recognition of her 90th birthday and for caring for more than 60 foster children. Marilyn loved knitting and could often be found working on hats, mittens and sweaters for her family and friends.
In addition to her 8 children, she is survived by 20 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Southern Maine or The Center for Grieving Children.
Per Marilyn’s wishes, there will be no services. Interment will be in the spring at Forest City Cemetery in South Portland.