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Toombs Central Community
Marilyn Wilkes Denmark, age 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia, surrounded by her children. Marilyn fought her valiant battle against cancer with great determination and grace. Marilyn was a devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, “Hoody” and friend. She is described by those that knew her as “She will tell you like it is but love you at the same time”. Although her family was the most important part of her life, Marilyn would help anyone in anyway she could. Her family was always her top priority and although she only had two children and two grandsons, in truth, she extended that same unconditional love to her nieces, nephews, and others that came into her life. Her capacity to love was endless and all that knew her was touched by her genuine love for them. She was the rock of her whole extended family and losing her is deep and devastating however, her love and the impact she has made on all will be never ending.
Marilyn was a native of Toombs County and lived there most of her life. Marilyn was not afraid of work and actually enjoyed working on a farm. She would “drag” different family members into the fields to work with her and although they did not have the same fondness of the work, they do appreciate the great work ethic she instilled in them all. Marilyn was Pentecostal by faith and served her Lord by serving others.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Midge Wilkes; and three sisters and five brothers, Carolyn Clanton, Mildred Lynn, Betty Keeling, Benny Wilkes, Benjamin Wilkes, Barney Wilkes, Bobby Swain, and Billy Swain.
Marilyn is survived by her Long-time companion, Richard O’Neal of Toombs Central area; two children, Rodney Denmark and wife Ginger of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, and Midge Scott-Firestone and husband Christopher of Bluffton, South Carolina; two grandchildren, Pete Denmark and wife Laura of California, and Zachary Scott of Bluffton, SC; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
The funeral service will be held Friday, July 26th, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Hardens Chapel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.
Flowers will accepted, or those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Community Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 2277, Vidalia, GA 30475.