Marilyn Simons Turnburke, 89, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2018 at Whitney Center in Hamden, CT. Born in Providence, RI on April 30, 1929, Marilyn was the daughter of the late Francis and Dorothy Holt Simons and a graduate of Wellesley College. Marilyn was a resident of Largo and Indian Shores, FL for 25 years, where she was a dedicated volunteer at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and a member of St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church in Seminole. Before moving to Florida, Marilyn resided in Mt. Kisco, NY, and worked at Horace Greeley High School. Marilyn is survived by her sister Barbara S. Compton; daughters Anne T. Harrison (Daniel), and Constance T. Cahill; grandchildren Glenn, Theo, and Charlotte Harrison, and Matt and Dorothy Cahill; and great-granddaughter Sophia Cahill. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Vernon P. Turnburke Jr.; her daughter Gail T. Snyder; and sister Marjorie S. Gilcher. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Marilyn on Saturday, August 18 at 11:00 AM at St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, 830 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT. Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden is assisting with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary (www.seabirdsanctuary.com) in Indian Shores, FL.

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  1. We enjoyed our Wednesday weekly walks to the Indian Shores Seabird Sanctuary.
    Always sharing family news.
    We practiced yoga together at the town hall.
    We volunteered at Bardmoor every week.
    With gratitude for our friendship
    And the kindness and understanding you always shared.
    Wendy

  2. Words are not enough to describe you Marilyn I (Carla)was your aide for almost 2 years you was one of the sweetest human being I have ever met we were roommates we shared a very special bond if you laugh I laugh if you cry I cried ,the love you and your Daughters have for each other is priceless you were a phenomenal woman Marilyn I will never forget your beautiful smile,it is with Sincere appreciation that I wish your entire family the greatest comfort during their time of sorrow ..Sleep in Peace Marilyn..From your Aide Carla Porter

  3. Dear Marilyn. My heart goes out to her family over your loss. Marilyn was very much loved and will be dearly missed. As the days and years pass by, I pray that your memories will help ease your pain as you reflect on good times shared. May our Heavenly Father hear the prayers of your heart and comfort you. Romans 8:26; Psalm 94:19. My deepest condolences.

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