July 11, 1935 ~ May 4, 2021

Born in: Lawrence, Massachusetts
Resided in: Hawthorne, California

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Marilyn Claire McGrath, of Hawthorne, California. She passed away in her home on May 4, 2021 after being diagnosed with lung cancer several years ago. She was 85 years old. Strong willed and independent, Marilyn’s inner strength and resilience served her well throughout her life. She enjoyed a career at International Rectifier spanning several decades until she retired. Originally from Massachusetts, she moved to California shortly after she got married to follow her mother and father out here.

She loved to go shopping at her favorite places. To say that she was an animal lover, is putting it lightly. She met so many neighbors while they walked their dogs and she would feed the birds in her backyard daily. Anyone who knew her, also knew that she was the biggest fan of Englebert Humperdinck and would play his music over and over – that was her happy place.

Above all though, she loved her family and was a fiercely dedicated mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, neighbor and friend. Marilyn is survived by her children Debbie, MaryBeth, Gary and Bernie, as well as her grandchildren Jesse, Lindsey, and Christopher, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her mother, father, and brother Billy. Marilyn will be sorely missed by many relatives and friends who loved her very much. Family meant everything to her and gave her life unselfishly to those she loved.

The family wishes to express their warmest gratitude to everyone who lovingly cared for her during her final days.

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  1. We knew Marilyn for a short time, we immediately fell in love with her, she was so kind and loving, it seemed like I had known her all my life, such a wonderful and caring friend, I will miss our visit and chats!I love you MARILYN, I will never forget you!!❤️ Cassandra 🙏🏻

  2. Our relationship began 78 years ago in North Andover, MA and was the best in the world. We were always like sisters together and my heart is truly broken. Now in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father your suffering is over and is my only consolation. So many happy memories flood my mind and always will. I love and miss you always my Honey – ❤️🙏😔

  3. So sorry to hear of my cousin Marilyn’s death I will always remember that good time we had at our Nana’s house when we were young. All the family get together we had in No Andover with relatives during the Holidays. You will now be with your family in haven. Will miss you. Love cousin Sally

  4. candle 4I will miss my telephone calls with my sister-in-law, Marilyn. Sometimes we talked for a couple of hours, laughed and did a lot of “remember whens”. She was a joy to be around AND a wonderful cook as well. She is safely home with her beloved family. God Bless 🙏🏻

  5. candle 4I will miss my cousin Marilyn and all our chats about life and were it had taken us. Growing up with you in Nana & Aunt Mary’s home was so wonderful and so much love. All our Holiday gatherings together and having tea around the dinner table every night and all of us just chatting away. You will be missed my beautiful cousin. Please give everyone a big hug for me in heaven ❤️
    Love you, Sandra

  6. candle 4I will miss my beautiful cousin Marilyn. We grew up together in my Aunt Mary’s (Marilyn’s Mom) home . We had such wonderful family gatherings and so much love. I followed my cousin, My Aunt & Grandmother to CA when I was old enough and again we had all our special holiday gatherings & family time.
    Family is everything and we had this. I will miss you Marilyn and all our recent phone calls. Please hug everyone for me in heaven. Rest In Peace
    Love & Miss you,
    Cousin Sandra

  7. Dear Mary Beth,
    Heartfelt love and sympathy for the loss of your mother. Although we never met, I pray for her eternal rest. Prayers for your strength as you face this difficult time of sorrow. May your memories hold you close and bring you peace in the days ahead. Love always, Cindi

  8. May you rest in place dear,sweet Marilyn. You were a beautiful person with many kind qualities. I will miss you and so will many others.

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