J. Marilyn Mayville, 77, Escanaba, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on December 7, 1938 in L’anse, MI, daughter of the late Harry and Lavinia (Asher) Perrault. Marilyn was raised in Zeba, MI and moved to Escanaba after graduating nursing college.
She graduated from L’Anse High School in 1956 and continued her education at Mercy School of Practical Nursing in Cadillac, MI where she obtained her Practical Nursing license (LPN) in 1957.
On April 8, 1961, she married Francis “Mike” Mayville at St. Anne’s Church. He preceded her in death on June 14, 1993.
Marilyn was a member of the Lady Elks Auxiliary and St. Anne’s Church. She loved to cook, shop in thrift stores, go “junkin” with her best friend Cheryl Moore, and go to the casino. She loved all of her granddogs; she will be missed by her special granddogs Ariel and Hunter. Her family was the most important part of life.
She worked as an LPN at OSF St. Francis Hospital for 30 years until her retirement in 1998. Her father chose her career path for her and it was the perfect career. She was passionate about caring for her patients as well as the many friends and family who would call on her to get her medical assistance.
Marilyn is survived by her children, Susan (Mark) Yankovich of Gladstone, Joseph “Jose” (Diane) Mayville of Escanaba, and Michele (Mark) Mayville-Cole of Escanaba; six grandchildren, Keenan Mayville-Davis, Amanda and Michael Leonard, and Pierce, Riley, and Dawson Mayville; several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son Thomas, grandson Reid Mayville, brothers, Mulligan Beddell, Jack “John” Stoddard, Mark “Kelly” Perrault; and sisters, Lois LaFernier, Rosabelle “Cosie” LaClair, and Dorothy “Joan” Noble.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 10 to 12:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Anne’s Church at 1 p.m. with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Mayville family.