- 59 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 19, 1952
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Jan 9, 2012
- Place of passing:
|She was as delicate and pretty as heirloom lace, yet strong enough to live with dignity and grace. She was set apart, a "lady of virtue." This is the Marilyn that I knew.|
Marilyn James was born on February 19, 1952
Psalm 139; 14-18
"I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made' your works are wonderful, I know that full well....My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in ther secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.....Your eyes saw my unformed body' all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be....How precious are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand- when I awake, I am still with you."
Family is an inheritance of the Lord, a treasure. No one knew that better than Kenneth and Lillian James, along with big brothers David and Chuck. Marilyn was adored, with her smiley blue eyes and feathery blonde hair. She adored them as well. She was most certainly the family jewel.
Marilyn was no bigger than a ‘minute,’ yet she commanded the keys of a grand piano to dance beneath her tiny fingers. They literally stretched to accomplish the classical works of the Masters. The James family name was synonymous with gifted musicians, but ministry and service was the platform the children were raised on. At the feet of her Grandma, Marilyn learned how to persevere and love God. Though a diligent student of piano and voice, she was first a humble servant of her Lord.
The gifts she was given were also the gifts she gave away. Marilyn could draw out music from anyone with even a hint of desire to sing or play. She was not only a performer and accompanist, she would ultimately be a teacher. She was Inspiration!
For passers-by or mere acquaintances, Marilyn was kind and gentle. When she smiled, her mouth and eyes twinkled in unison. One was left with a glint of joy, that was her countenance!
If you were blessed enough to be Marilyn’s friend, you were blessed enough! She was the best at friendship, always encouraging friends to just 'be.' She took time. Time to listen and to share insight. Her love was generous and without expectation. Marilyn was a giggler and fun. I can still see her laughing herself to tears, though I can’t remember why!
Sam and Marilyn Knight were married for 38 years. They had two beautiful children, Sara and David. Marilyn was passionately devoted to them.
She nurtured them with her hands;
as a flawless seamstress and a fastidious housekeeper, she created a cozy nest in blue and white.
She nurtured from her heart;
holding her family as if she was large enough to cradle and protect them.
Her words were gentle and timely. Love was unconditional and without limits.
She exemplified purity and faithfulness, conveying her faith simply, being like Jesus.
With her last gesture, her last breath, she committed all of the strength she had left, imparting her love for Sam, Sara and David.
Courage defined her final weeks. As the nurses and doctors cared for her body, they witnessed long-suffering and determined faith. In the end, they wept too. She, and the Spirit of Peace that filled her room, would be missed.
Marilyn James Knight, left this earth and entered heaven;
January 9, 2012
If a miracle was to be found,
it was the 'fruit' of her life,
In a quiet room
where holy communion
was it's only sound
Who are the Saints among us?
What is the sound of angels in song?
Where are the meek Jesus spoke of?
Are there still warriors brave and strong?
Daughter, wife, mother, sister
she showed us Jesus
Now God has welcomed her.
She is safely home.
Marilyn, a minstrel
in the symphony of heaven--
bringing smiles to the face of God.
You are forever loved,
and will be deeply missed,
until we see you again.
If you wish to write a tribute that is longer than the space allowed, feel free to write on the 'stories' page!
"Dear folks who faithfully look in from time to time. So sorry to have missed some important dates from Marilyn's life, but a combination of back problems, nasty cold, and critical shortage of data, all at inconvenient times conspired to create a delay. We've now passed the fourth anniversary of her taking leave, the final commemorative service, and now Valentine's Day and what would have been her 64th birthday.
She was so vitally alive in the few short years allotted to her, and all I can do now is keep some of those memories current with occasional reminders. This sweet candle shines on and on.
See also, the added article and photo in the story section."
"I have waited a year, with thoughts of you, to give tribute to you once again. I have full confidence that in Paradise you bring overflowing delight to our King and everyone who praises Him. I envy them them for that.
I miss you my "Dimpo", our memories are far richer and deeper than I could have known, over 40 years ago. And today I realize they are forever. I hope tthat I contributed something of value to your life, for I am so much better having known you. I simply love you and can't elaborate on that.
Sam, David, and Sarah, your words are dear to me. I can't imagine being thanked for doing what any best friend would do. You gave me the privilege of seeing her through to the end. I will forever be grateful to each of you for that. Stay together, love unconditionally, and always forgive. That will keep her spirit alive in your hearts. David and Sarah, my heart is very soft toward you. You are gifted with the body, mind and spirit of your Mom, you would do well to honour her all of the days of your lives.
Until next year."
"On this 4th anniversary of the day our sweet Marilyn; wife, mother, and sister, left us desolated here, and entered her new existence in that home of all homes, let us also offer our heartfelt thanks and long overdue credit to her dear friend Becky, for the wonderful memorial she solely planned, engineered, created, established, and funded out of her love for Marilyn. Becky, we honour you for your steadfast love and the unmistakable honour you've given Marilyn. Eternal gratitude is yours. We can surely say of you, like another in times past; 'Behold how she loved her'.
Sam, Sara, David"
""The total of visits to date on this site and her other site exceed 18460 since Becky started this site on Jan.18, 2012 and mine began on May 4, 2012. What an honour you've given her.""
"Always loved; always missed."
"In the audio section of the gallery there is a selection where Marilyn plays and Sam recites a poem he has written to her. Beautifully done, a duet that lingers and expresses the inexpressible. Sam might find himself a new career in radio after this."
"I didn't miss your Birthday yesterday, Marilyn. I haven't forgotten you a single day of the past 2 years that you've been gone. How I wish I could call you, see you, hear you giggle at my silliness! You are all that is beautiful in friendship. Thank you Jesus for blessing me, and others, with precious Marilyn! Happy Birthday!!"
"Marilyn was silent but all encompassing; she spoke few words but expressed volumes; she loved deeply like a deep river but never wandered toward the babbling brook. Marilyn showed more grit and strength than most award winners....she loved Sam clearly warmed with his shining heart, endless stories, endearing manner. Just being in Marilyn's presence brought peace and the presence of God close. Always in remembrance of their "sold out" love of Father God."
"To read this tribute, select Stories; also, the audio version may be listened to among the music."
"This year at Christmas I made 'Brown-Eyed Susan' cookies from a recipe Marilyn gave me in her own handwriting:) It is a very special recipe to me for that reason not to mention the cookies are delicious and Marilyn got the recipe from our grandma James a very special lady to both of us! I thought so much about Marilyn as I made those cookies. She was a dear cousin to me and I thank God for her. I will never forget her sacrifice of time in making 6 very detailed junior bridesmaids dresses for my wedding with not a lot of time and when she herself was expecting her first baby! I'll never know how she did it to this day but I do know she gave much as did her family to make it happen. I have such lovely memories of our times together from as young as I can remember! Truly my life has been blessed by Marilyn and her family!"
"What happy memories of singing together with Marilyn in the Aldersgate trio. Someday we will sing sweet harmonies together again in heaven. I'm sure the music there is more lovely and rich than we could imagine here."
"Today I found more of our letters after we were married. They read like fresh new love letters. Your deepest hope was to always be my most treasured possession; to never let anything come between us; to honour me, always. And to have me hold you, and comfort you; you said you could never get enough of it. Me too! I still can’t get enough of you. Forever yours, Sam"
"A year ago today you slipped away, and into the arms of God. I have images, memories, and can even hear the sounds of your giggle. But I have no words. They are pent up in the heart of your best friend who can't quite imagine your leaving. How blessed was I to be that girl! I miss you. I'll always be thankful that we got to say goodbye. I'm so glad you're whole and perfect and set free!"
"Marilyn, we haven't seen you for many years.
You and Sam came to us one week end to visit and our lives were changed forever, when my husband decided to follow your husband in a major career change.
You are missed by so many.
See you again one day in Heaven, where we will once again enjoy your music"
"Happy Birthday Marilyn
Today you would have turned 60,
instead, you are forever.
I'm so glad you were born
my 'forever' friend!"
"Marilyn was my favorite cousin. I remember her taking the time to color with me as a young child and the silly fun laughter we shared. She was a beautiful, honest and loving person as an adult. I have heard the colors in Heaven are amazing! See you again one day sweet cousin Marilyn!"
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