Marilyn Lillian Hodder
Marilyn Lillian Hodder, born July 15, 1951 passed away in her 71st year at Etobicoke General Hospital on March 29, 2023. She was predeceased by her parents, Norman Walter Hodder and Eliza Ethel Hodder of Meaford, Ontario.
Marilyn was born in Creston North, Newfoundland and graduated from Pearce Regional High School in Burin, Newfoundland. She lived most of her adult life in Etobicoke, Ontario. Marilyn was a former youth counselor at Covenant House, in Toronto, Ontario after studying the Human Services Counselor course at George Brown College, in Toronto, Ontario.
She had a heart of gold, a great sense of humour with a hearty laugh. Marilyn was also gifted with a high intelligence and poignant memory. She especially remembered facts and could give you great details on anything. She also possessed a strong stubborn streak, and although this determination moved her forward often, it was not always in her best interest.
Marilyn had one child, a son, Mark Leslie Baker, married to Tammy of Oshawa, Ontario. Mark helped bring her the expanded family that was her dream. Marilyn’s joy was for her three grandchildren; Liza, married to Joey Fitzgerald of Oshawa, Ontario; Darren Baker, and fiancée Kailey Kennedy of Oshawa, Ontario; and Oliver Baker of Oshawa, Ontario. Her happiness was exponentially increased with her four great grandchildren; Joshua and Rachel of Liza and Joey and Journey and Julia of Darren and Kailey. They were all her light and she treasured them to the moon and back.
Marilyn loved to help young people. She put her education and passion in counseling them to work in her job and it spilled over into her personal life as well. She helped many young people move in the direction they needed along with the support necessary to aid them in implementing their choices.
Marilyn is survived by eight siblings: Vivian, and husband Wes Ingram of Bowmanville, Ontario; Frances, and husband Wilson Howse of Bowmanville, Ontario; Linda Hebert, and husband Garry of Innisfil, Ontario; Willis Hodder, and wife Louise of Owen Sound, Ontario; Katherine and husband Brian Grishaber of Sunderland, Ontario; Dallas Hodder Franklin, and partner Michael Reyes of Ferndale, Washington; Donna and husband Doug Woods of Meaford, Ontario; Norman Hodder and wife Donna of Oakville, Ontario.
She is predeceased by two other siblings; Olive Ingram of St John’s, Newfoundland and Leslie Hodder of Scarborough, Ontario.
Marilyn is also survived by 30 nieces and nephews and 22 Great nieces and nephews. Too many cousins to name and count but she loved them all dearly and was still communicating with many of them.
She will also be missed by her many friends, presently and over the years whom she reconnected with on social media.
She was always someone to turn to for family history and memories of old that the younger ones didn’t remember. She never let anyone down and always had information to offer. Marilyn will be sadly missed but will live on in our hearts and her memories will be carried on to the next generations.
‘When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best
When they lay me down to die
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky ‘
(Lyrics from Spirit in the Sky written by Norman Greenbaum)
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