Marilyn Margaret Antle (Brown)

Passed 06/01/2024


Obituary For Marilyn Margaret Antle (Brown)

Antle, Marilyn Margaret (Brown) – age 81, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden illness and passing of our mother Marilyn on June 1, 2024, with her loving family by her side.

Born in Eastern Passage, NS; she was the second daughter of the late Herbert and Hazel Brown (Cleary).

Marilyn always wanted a big family and she welcomed her first child Kathy in 1961. She loved being a mother.

In 1962, while living in Debert, Marilyn would meet her future husband Gene (Clarence). They would go on to marry in 1963 and have three more children. Karen, Kelly and Kevin.

Gene was a member of the Canadian Forces and their married life would see them travel across Canada to live in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia again and then Newfoundland when Gene finally retired from the CF. After several years in NL they would make their final move back to Nova Scotia, where they remained until passing. They celebrated 57 anniversaries.

Marilyn worked hard her entire life, finding work wherever her family was stationed. She was a wonderful mom, she cooked every day and was involved in sporting activities for herself and her children. She played broomball, softball, curled and golfed. She took up clogging and was a wonderfully talented painter, crocheter and tatter. We often joked that she was the energizer bunny and she kept it up until the end.

Marilyn was an exceptional singer but she was unaware of just how good she was. From an early age her dad would make her and her siblings sing while he played guitar and enrolled them in school concerts. In her senior years she discovered bluegrass gospel and that became her passion. This is where her love of music was born.

In the early 2000's Marilyn and Gene embarked on a two decade long adventure as snow birds; spending summers between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and winters fleeing to their second family in Zephyrhills, Florida where they made many friends and provided musical entertainment that is still talked about today. Marilyn had an extraordinary voice and Gene matched her talent on guitar and mandolin. There was not an instrument that he could not learn. They even achieved a world wide viral video via social media.

Marilyn developed some heart issues, ending their winters in Florida. The doctors were able to repair her heart valve and enabled them to get back to enjoying life. Bluegrass festivals, Bingo, family dinners and breakfasts, these were great times in her life.

Unfortunately Gene developed serious health issues in 2021 and passed away in September in Halifax. Marilyn was devastated and quite lost for a time having lost her dear best friend and husband. Marilyn's daughter Karen became very involved with Marilyn after this, helping to look after her needs and comforting her; this helped very much to fill the void she felt at the loss of Gene. Marilyn greatly loved and appreciated Karen for her efforts in helping her as did the family.

The next year Kathy also returned home to Dartmouth and provided companionship to Mom. This helped her become more outgoing again and led to her getting back to life with the support of her family and friends. She loved her family fiercely and defended and helped them at every turn. Humor and love was the flavor of her life and she enjoyed every minute she had.

In later years Marilyn spent a lot of time playing bingo with her friends and sister. She went to many dances with friends and family and became a part of the Dartmouth Seniors Centre community.

Marilyn was a family woman and a Christian. She loved her children and her siblings were equally as important.

Left with a lifetime of loving memories are children Kathy, Karen (Darell), Kevin (Vicky), and Kelly; grandchildren Sheldon, Jordan, Kelvin, Bradley and Amy as well as siblings Sheila, Linda (Phil), Dennis , Bobby (Ardeth), Paul (Pat) and Laurie (Cathy). She had many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Too many to name but she loved them all.

Mom, you will be dearly missed. We love and appreciate you for all of your sacrifices. Kathy, Karen, Kelly & Kevin XO

Marilyn's funeral will take place June 18th at 2:30 PM at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Eastern Passage, NS. She has been cremated so there will be no viewing. Family will proceed to burial and sandwiches will be offered in the Church after. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Lung Cancer Canada would be welcome and greatly appreciated.

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  • 06/27/2024

    To the Antle family, Your mom will be so missed. I met her a few years ago as I was hired to give her a helping hand ... every 2 weeks I'd show up to clean for her and she'd sit me down and tell me stories of Karen and the others. I loved seeing her and we would share stories about our weight loss.. We got along so well. I will really miss her and her funny attitude.. nothing was going to keep her down. I know she's in heaven with her husband and they are enjoying some bluegrass music.. please know you are all in my thoughts and I've said a little prayer for you , especially Karen and Kathy.

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  • 06/24/2024

    I loved Auntie Marilyn so much. Although I didn't see her often enough I loved her sweet personality and kind spirit. I loved when she sang with uncle clar in our kitchen and when we would go to visit in Nova Scotia. The impact was great in my young life, she was a good one, a beautiful one. She will be greatly missed. What wonderful life and love she truly brought to those around her. Praying for the peace of God to guard your heart as you navigate the loss of your mom Karen. He is truly present in your pain but also know, She is absent in the body but present with her Lord Jesus where sickness and pain don't exist. She is experiencing new life! Praise God! What a hope we have. Much love xo Trina Moss(Antle)

  • 06/23/2024

    Kathy, Karen, Kelly and Kevin. Your mom will be missed and remembered by many. It's hard for me to put into words how much I miss her phone calls. We had a special bond that can't be erased. I loved her and I know she loved me. Thanks Karen for sending me her good bye message, that smile when she said " I'll see you in heaven " what an awesome memory she left me with. I'm only a phone call away if you need to talk. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • 06/22/2024

    She was not just an in-law but friend. Sweet loving & kind. Loved every moment with her. Going to miss those talks but she's safe in the arms of Jesus. Always remembered never forgotten. I'm sure you will find them altogether sitting by the Crystal River. Love Aunt Sandy. ❤❤❤❤😢🙏🏼

  • 06/21/2024

    To my cousins, Kathy, Kelly, Karen and Kevin, I'm so sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences to you and your family on both sides. My heart was so heavy when I got the news about your mother and my beloved Aunt Marilyn, I was just at my MIL's funeral in Lewisporte, NL and it felt like the world was caving in around us. I will cherish the times spent together over the years, singing gospel songs or just silly songs you n Uncle Clar wrote, or sung from memory. My most precious memory is from 2018 when my dad was sick and you both came to be by our side as we faced our Beloved father suffering from cancer. The Love n tenderness that was shown will never be Forgotten! I want to send y'all my Love and Hugs. Praying for Comfort and Peace that only comes from knowing that we will see them both again someday. That Blessed Hope is what keeps me going🙏, Trevor, Roxane and Amelia

  • 06/20/2024

    RIP sweet lady. My Aunt Marilyn. You were one of a kind. Love always and forever. -Robert

  • 06/20/2024

    To Marilyn: our first sibling-in-law. When I first heard that you and Clar were getting married, I cried because I thought his marriage would change the close relationship I had with my big brother. But over the years, I have come to love and appreciate the loyal and loving spouse you were to my brother, through all of life's challenges and to the very end of your time together. It was such a wonderful thing for Tony and I to spend time with you, Kathy and Karen last summer, not realizing it would be my last. Thank you for all you have been in my life. Julie and Tony

  • 06/20/2024

    So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful soul.

  • 06/20/2024

    Marilyn was a wonderful person. Found this quote and thought appropriate Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. Gwen

  • 06/20/2024

    The sudden loss of Marilyn was a shock to us all but know we are not alone as we face the daunting path of grief and mourning. There is strength in family so we will lean on each other during this difficult time. We will cherish the wonderful memories and music and support each other in healing the heartache. We'll love you always, Marilyn. Sherry and Perry 🌹🩷💕🩷

  • 06/20/2024

    It was a sad day when we got the call that Marilyn had passed. Not only did we share the same name we shared the love of laughter. Over the years Marilyn and I shared lots of good times together. It was the highlight of our summer when we knew (sometimes a surprise) that Clar and Marilyn were coming to stay with us for a while. Whatever their plans , we were included. We went to bluegrass festivals with them, travelled around Newfoundland and visited friends and family. Marilyn was more to me than a sister in law, she was my friend, my confidante and advisor. If something was bothering me she was only a phone call away and always had a listening ear and good advice. It breaks my heart to know this is no longer an option for me. Every memory we made with Clar and Marilyn we will always hold on to and cherish. Kathy, Kelly, Karen and Kevin we send our condolences to you all and as you well know your mother was deeply loved and will be forever missed. Love, the other Marilyn Antle and Gerald

  • 06/20/2024

    Marilyn will be deeply missed. True friends last forever.

  • 06/13/2024

    Our most sincere condolences to all of the family - Marilyn will certainly be missed. She was a kind, generous and loving soul. We were so happy to have had a recent visit with her. She talked about the flower seeds that she had just finished planting. As always, her loving and hospitable ways were there to greet us. Forever in our thoughts and hearts. Lots of love - John and Kelly DeWolfe xox

  • 06/12/2024

    It is with deep sadness that we learn of Marilyn"s passing. Gene & Marilyn were long time friends both in FL and at home. There are so many memories of our times in FL and the large number of musical shows that we did in FL and in the Maritimes. So many bluegrass festivals that we attended and the very large number of jams that we enjoyed. Heather & I visited she & Gene at their home many times and always had plenty of laughs and music. We send our heartfelt condolences to all of the family in their time of sorrow. Gord & Heather Steeves Moncton, NB

  • 06/12/2024

    Your Love and Smile will stay with me forever. Until we see each other again I will think of you often and with Joy at having had you as my Mother. Love and Hugs. Kevin

  • 06/12/2024

    I am sorry to hear of your Mom's death.... I met her thru my Mom & Dad (Heather & Gord Steeves). I got to know her a little thru them in Florida and both she & Gene came to my husband's funeral a few years ago. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. HUGS!!

  • 06/11/2024

    Karen and Family: So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. June, Mike Doyle and Family

  • 06/11/2024

    My beautiful Aunt. I love you and will cherish your memory always. Hug my boy for me xo

  • 06/11/2024

    Your mother will be greatly missed; may you be comforted by your many memories of her and with her. You are in our thoughts and prayers Debbie and Paul

  • 06/11/2024

    you are missed so much. until i see you again know i that i love so very much.

  • 06/11/2024

    You were a wonderful grandmother. Arya and I will miss you. Love Jordan

  • 06/11/2024

    My condolences to the Antle Family in this sad time. She was a remarkable woman and will surely be missed by all. Marilyn and Gene are together again and they are probably celebrating by signing a NFLD song. God Bless and RIP.

  • 06/11/2024

    Karen Antle It is impossible to put in words the depth of my devastation. You were my best friend my entire life and not hearing from you everyday has been so very painful. I will love you until I see you again my beautiful mom. Karen xo

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