Barry Coe, Mission Services
I was saddened to learn of the passing of friend and colleague Marilyn Smith. Her compassion and sense of volunteerism were well known and appreciated throughout our community.
I first met Marilyn when I worked with Amity Goodwill and she was providing advice for a special event.
Her enthusiasm and sense of humor were infectious and everyone who interacted with her commented on her commitment and dedication. I had the pleasure of working with Marilyn on a number of projects over the years, but her heart had a special connection to The CHML Children’s Fund.
Marilyn was a valued member of the volunteer Board of directors of the CHML Christmas Tree of Hope/Children’s Fund where her expertise on local human service issues was beneficial. I recall her often being driven to tears when she would review our grant application and telephone me for clarification on our Christmas needs.
Marilyn also donated gifts every year for our Mission Services/Hamilton Community News Charity Golf Tournament and took the time to send a personal note of congratulations following the event. It was the small, seemingly insignificant kind gestures, that she did so well.
I will miss her smile and kind words of encouragement next Christmas season. She was one of the good ones who was taken from us far too soon. I can only imagine the special event she is planning with St. Peter!