Marilyn E. (Floyd) Flanagan of Winthrop, passed away peacefully on February 25, 2020 at the age of 92. Marilyn was the beloved daughter of the late Russell Floyd and Helen (Tewksbury) Floyd, and was the cherished sister to her late brothers Russell, Robert, and Herbert.
A near-lifelong resident of Winthrop, Marilyn shared almost 64 years of marriage with her late husband, Charles J. Flanagan. She was the adored mother of Charles Flanagan Jr. and his wife Trisha of Winthrop; Paul Flanagan and his late wife Susan of Winthrop; and Robert Flanagan and his wife Linda of Summit, NJ. Marilyn is also survived by her four grandchildren-Andrew Flanagan of Andover, MA, and Julie, Jeff, and Paul Flanagan of Summit, NJ.
Marilyn was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1945. She and Charlie were married in 1948, and lived all their married life on Ocean Ave, fittingly near a fire station. Like many women of the time, she was a stay-at-home mother while her children were young. She returned to work in 1968, and for 21 years was a valued employee of the Commercial Union Assurance Company in Boston. She once went 17 years without taking a sick day. During her retirement years, Marilyn was an active member of the Winthrop Senior Center, the Winthrop Council on Aging, and the Winthrop Historical Society.
Marilyn will be remembered for many things, including her hardworking nature, reliability, extraordinary degree of common sense, kindness, honesty, and her willingness to reach out in meaningful ways to friends in need. She was intensely loyal, and was a caregiver to many people over the years when they became sick or alone in the world. Her dedication to her husband, children, and extended family were remarkable. She loved nothing more than preparing an excellent dinner for the family, and was all the happier if a lonely guest or two joined. She was that rare person who found her greatest joy in doing for others, and saw no reason to boast of her good deeds. Marilyn never told anyone how a genuinely kind person lives; she showed them.
Visiting Hours: Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., WINTHROP, on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The funeral will follow immediately thereafter from the Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 28, in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St, WINTHROP. The Services on Friday will conclude with the internment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.
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