Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Marilyn Barrington Memorial
Marilyn Barrington Memorial

Marilyn Barrington

Marilyn Barrington

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Marilyn Barrington, 80, a resident of Sedro-Woolley, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 28, 2014. She was born on July 9, 1933 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin; the daughter of Wesley and Katherine (Blevins) Small. She moved to Skagit County with her parents and siblings in 1939. She picked strawberries and raspberries in the summer to make money for school clothes. In high school, she worked at the Burlington Skating Rink evenings and weekends.

Marilyn graduated from Burlington-Edison High School in 1951. On September 2, 1951 Marilyn married her high school sweetheart Rex Barrington. Together they started a life in the USAir Force. They had 5 children. She was a housewife until her children were in school full time. It was at this time; she went to Yuba College in Marysville, CA and graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1970.

Rex and Marilyn retired from the USAir Force June 1972. Marilyn started work at United General Hospital September 1972. For the last 13 years, she was an oncology/cancer care nurse. She retired from United General Hospital in 1989 after 18 years to take care of her parents.

Marilyn enjoyed reading, listening to classic country western and gospel music, Wednesday night dinners with her children and grandchildren, getting together with all her family and church family anytime, making memories with grand and great-grandchildren (like picking the tomatoes in the green house); and last but not least she loved the Lord and prayed for her family constantly.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Rex Barrington, of Sedro-Woolley; son, Tim Barrington (Robin) of Aberdeen; 3 daughters, Cathy Francy, Bernice Marty, and Patsy Armstrong (John) all of Sedro-Woolley; 3 brothers and 1 sister; 25 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; 2 great-great -grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and  cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Katherine Small; mother-in-law Bernice Humphrey; brother and sister-in-law Walt and Joyce Small; her son, Gerald Barrington and great-great-granddaughter, Aleighia Armstrong.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Skagit Valley Hospice or Grace Crochrum CTP Guild.

A Celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Northern Peaks Christian Fellowship in Sedro-Woolley with Pastor Steve Fish officiating.  Private inurnment was held at the Greenhill’s Cemetery in Burlington, WA.  


  • Rhonda Brink Brown

    Bunny, Patsy and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom very well. High school memories when you lived in Burlington and then up on Bow Hill. Always such a supporter of her family and all that you did. Lots of fun times and laughter. May the sweet memories of all that she meant to you, comfort you in this time. May God’s arms wrap around you and hold you close as you know He is holding her close. Much love to you all.
    Rhonda Brink Brown

  • pat snuggs

    Rex you took care of Marilyn with such caring and love that we all saw. Marilyn and I worked together and became friends at once. I will miss her, although I haven’t seen her for sometime. I remember the good times we had at work, pot lucks, LPN meetings, etc. Marilyn was a very special person, and I pray for you and your family. Sincerely Pat

  • Nadine Moen Simpson

    Dear Rex,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Both you and Marilyn were classmates; I remember Marilyn well and I know this kind and loving woman will be missed by so many. Take care of yourself during this time of sadness and grief. May you find comfort in your faith, your family and friends. You have my prayers . Sincerely, Nadine

  • Meryl

    “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” – Rev. 21:3-5. I am very sorry for your loss. May God’s Word seek to comfort you and your family. Sincerely, Meryl