Marilyn Mason Maughan went to be with Jesus on December 3, 2022. She was 91 years old. She was a member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church.
Marilyn was married for 69 years to her sweetheart, Hugh "Snooks" Maughan, who passed away two years ago.
She was preceded in death by her son-in-law Michael Shumer, parents Enos and Maggie Mason, sisters, Carolene Owen (Carlus), Loretta Coward (George), and brother Max Mason.
She is survived by her loving family, daughter Susan Shumer, Jessica and LeBron Skelton, granddaughters Erin Carney (Craig), Kristin Pratt (Justin), Baleigh Skelton and great-grandsons Billy Pratt and Noah and Adam Carney.
They loved their Gran dearly and she adored them all.
Marilyn is also survived by her sister-in-law Willene Mason, nieces and nephews John Coward (Linda), Debra Coward (David), Tina Coward (Ross), Charles Owen, Lisa Sharp (Tim), and Linda Vess, special nieces and nephews Peter Wielebinski, Ben Wielebinski, Sara Kessie, and Kanden Barnett.
Marilyn was a highly eduacated woman at a time when women were mostly homemakers. She parlayed her
Bachelors Degree in Home Economics (she was a fantastic cook) into a Master's plus 45 Degree in Special Education. She began her 40 year career teaching, and ultimatley became the Supervisor for kindergarten and special education classes in Polk County. She retired from Athens City Schools, having taught at Ingleside for many years.
Even though Hugh was the original Alabama fan, it did't take long before Marilyn was beside him at all the games.
Of all the sports they atteded, football, basketball, gymnastics and baseball. Marilyn's favorite was girl's softball.
Every season she would know all the girl's names and often sat in the stands with their families. Many times they took Baleigh with them to softball games and gymnastics meets, always enjoying their Jack's hamburgers on each trip.
Besides burning up the road to Alabama, Marilyn and Hugh traveled extensively. They made a 30 day trip to Alaska, went on a Snow Train tour through Canada and made two tours through the Holy Lands. On their second Holy Land trip they took their granddaughter, Erin who was 12 years old at the time. Marilyn made a third trip to the Holy Lands just to take her baby grandaughter, Kristin, who had to wait until she was 12 years old to go. Both granddaughters toured the midwest with their Gran and Granddaddy. They made another midwest trip to take Baleigh when she was old enought to go.
Erin and Kristin went with their Gran on a tour up the eastern coast, through Maine and into Nova Scotia and Quebec. Marilyn, Susan, Erin and Kristin made a special trip to New York City. This foursome also toured France and Italy. Susan and her Mother toured Austria and Germany, the highlight being attending the Passon Play in Oberammergau in 2000. Erin and her Gran went on a crise to the Bahamas and toured Ireland and England. For Erin's high school graduation, her Gran took her to France for the first time. Kristin's graduation trip was a tour across the nation with her Gran. We all have many wonderful memories made with this extraordinary lady.
Marilyn was a kind and loving woman toward all she met. She loved Jesus and will be greatly missed. A Memorial service will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday, December 29th in the santuary at Keith Memorial United Methodist Church in Athens followed by interment at McMinn Memory Gardens. Live streaming will be on the Kristin Pratt's Facebook page.
The family extends a special thank you to the wonderful ladies at Helping Hands in Athens who cared for Marilyn after her husband's death. Donna, Joy, Amy, Melony and Taunya were her angels. For the last year, Connie Russell and Ann Verran have been Marilyn's friends and companions, and we are very grateful for their loving care.