02-12 Obit Marilyn Crowell

GILFORD — Marilyn Reynolds Crowell, 84, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

Marilyn was born June 16, 1935, in New Haven, Connecticut, the youngest daughter of Dr. Emory and Leola Reynolds. She grew up in Hamden, Connecticut, and was the president of her senior class at Centenary College.

After graduation, Marilyn married Gerow G. Crowell and they raised their five children in Connecticut until they relocated to Gilford in 1979. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

Marilyn’s legacy is one of deep commitment to her faith and her family. She was known for her lifelong practice of helping others and, during her life, was an active volunteer in schools, in church, in her community, and at Hospice. Marilyn loved to travel with her husband; they visited over 20 foreign countries and every state in the U.S. She was an avid bridge player and was still playing once a week at the Gilford Library.

Marilyn was a loving, caring mother and an amazing grandmother. Her grandchildren considered her to be the quintessential example of a grandmother and deeply appreciated her investment in their lives, her generosity, her love of games, her ability to have fun anywhere, and that she was one of their biggest fans at their athletic events.

Marilyn is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gerow Crowell; five children, Jeffrey Crowell and wife Nella of Gilford, Peter Crowell and wife Nancy of Durham, North Carolina, Wendy (Crowell) Bua and husband Mark of Gilford, Robert Crowell and wife Lynda of Norwalk, Connecticut, and David Crowell and wife Liana of Laconia; 14 wonderful grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Marilyn lived as someone who loved her family and friends and knew she was loved in return. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Baptist Church, 50 Washington St., Laconia.

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