Published in the April 20, 2018 edition.

MIDDLETON — Marilyn (Fender) Babine, of Middleton, passed quietly on April 9, 2018 after a long struggle.

Marilyn was born in Winchester on June 12, 1942, the daughter of the Marie (Davies) Fender and William Fender. A graduate of Wakefield High School in 1960, she continued her education at Sullins College and Lasell College and graduated from Tufts University’s Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene.

She was a dedicated dental hygienist for over 50 years, building relationships with her caring service to her patients. She was employed by Dr. Donald Lynch’s office in North Reading, and his successor, Dr. Dave Martin, for over 50 years. She also worked in Dr. Edmund Lawton’s office in Topsfield for over 30 years.

Marilyn’s true love and joy was her family. Nothing was impossible, in her eyes, to help her children.

She is survived by her daughter, Michele (Babine) Patti, son-in-law Chuck, grandsons David and Scott, and Scott’s wife, Emily, and a great-grandson, Cameron; her son, Jason, daughter-in-law Lianne, and granddaughter Brielle, and her husband, David Babine.

Her lifelong passion was horses. She created Dreamweaver Farm, breeding magnificent sport horses. She raised five foals with great pride. A very special time for Marilyn was bringing her grandson Scott, along with his pony and her horses, on vacation to Woodstock, Vt.

Marilyn loved her time at Falmouth Heights beach visiting family as well as visiting Ogunquit, Maine. She also enjoyed gardening, antiquing, her home, and visiting with her friends.

She was a kind-hearted spirit who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.

Marilyn will be deeply missed by her brother Walter Fender and his wife, Janet Fender; her sister Becky Mulkern; and her brother Bill and his wife, Patti, and their extended families.

Marilyn was a friend to many and will be missed by her special friend Gregg Freitas.

One of her favorite quotes by Kahlil Gibran was: “If I accept the sunshine and warmth I must also accept the thunder and the lightning.”

And in her words: “I am ready for more sunshine. Lots of Love, Marilyn.”

All her family and friends will surely agree… she deserves the sunshine.

Marilyn’s family invites you to join them at her Celebration of Life service being held at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 235 Park St., North Reading, on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m.