ForeverMissed
In memory of our loved one, Marilyn Thompson, born on September 11, 1950 and passed away on May 8, 2020. We will remember her forever.

Marilyn spent much of her retired time volunteering at a local Birmingham play group (Small World at St David's Toddler Group), this group is not for profit and of huge benefit to the community. Please visit the give.net page to donate to St David's Toddler Group if you wish to donate in memory of Marilyn.

Written by Errol on the passing of Marilyn's mum in 2019: 
"I give you permission to cry
I give you permission to feel angry
I give you permission to feel loss
I give you permission to feel that it is not fair
But know this, the person you love may be gone
There may be a hole in your heart
Use their life to inspire your own
You were not born to stand on the sideline
You were born to participate and to make a difference where you have been placed
Do not mourn the passing
Celebrate the life and your life
Celebrate what they have meant to you
How your interaction with them has shaped who you are
What is important is what we mean to each other."

Errol's eulogy for Marilyn:
Honey,
It was not supposed to end this way,
I never expected to have to stand here and farewell you.
We were going to live on together.
It seems our dreams have been cut short.
We have done a lot in 45 years.
You followed where ever I found work.
You raised and inspired creativity in Amanda and Paul.
Your own creativity shaped our various homes and still surrounds me now.
Our travels took us to interesting corners of the world.
I know you still had some dreams.
You know I would have done anything to make those dreams happen.
Your gentle spirit did not just support us,
You have inspired and supported others.
Just as through the difficult times you were my rock.
Now that love you shared continues to come back to support me.
Oh, that I could pick you up, cuddle you, thank you, and show my appreciation for you.
This is not goodbye.
This is just a parting.
“May the Lord bless you, until we meet again.”
More importantly, you will continue to be "the wind beneath my wings."

Posted by Leanne Endacott on May 20, 2020
I am so grateful to have met Marilyn at small world playgroup. She was so welcoming on our 1st visit and from every visit thereafter. She was kind, and so very lovely. Marilyn was always so loving towards my son and my family, I will miss her and have very fond memories of her. She will be missed very dearly at small world by the children and the parents. Reat peacefully Marilyn x
Posted by Cheryl Earp on May 18, 2020
So very sorry, Amanda. Prayers for you and your family.
Posted by ALLAN GRAHAME GUY on May 19, 2020
Marilyn, thanks for your love and care when planning those trips I did to the UK - to Port Isaac & Cornwall in 2012, York, Durham & Lindisfarne in 2013, Belgium and the south of England in 2017 following our grandfathers' footsteps to commemorate the battle of Messines in 1917 with more of the Guy family, and of course around Birmingham again in 2019 - and the day babysitting Scarlett in her on home. And I forgot to mention 2018 when we went to Severn Valley Railway and met up with Paul, Nic, and a very young Scarlett.
Thanks also for being a great sister over the years - there when I needed you
Love
Allan
Posted by Jodie Scott-Reed on May 18, 2020
Marilyn truly was a beautiful person, inside and out. Aside from holidays, Small World has been my life for three days a week, for the past five years. In turn, so has Marilyn. It’s not just ‘a playgroup’ and Marilyn was certainly not just ‘a playgroup leader’. It is a family and that is exactly what Marilyn felt like to not just me and my children, but to all of us. She was a wonderful, intelligent woman. So, so kind, generous and loving. She also had a fantastic sense of humour, a beautiful smile, a brilliant laugh and wasn’t shy of the odd eye roll :)
I miss her and will continue to do so, as we all shall. Small World won’t be the same again as her absence will leave a huge hole.
Loved by so so many.
Rest in peace, Marilyn ❤️
Posted by Clare Gladstone on May 18, 2020
Marilyn - so loved and so missed by so many.

I am so fortunate and privileged to have known you and to have been able to call you my friend. Your kindness, compassion and humour made our days at Small World and church some of my favourites.

God bless you. You were truly sent from the Lord.

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Posted by Jo Perry on May 17, 2020
Marilyn
You were such an inspiration, so kind, humble, thoughtful and lloving lady
You will be greatly missed, but you will be forever in our hearts
Fly high lovely lady,your spirit will be around us always
God Bless
Love and huggles
Jojo & Fox Indiana xxx
Posted by Kathryn Groombridge on May 17, 2020
Words cannot adequately express how much I will miss my dear friend Marilyn. From soon after she retired she was by my side, helping me to run Small World, which offers support and a safe space for so many young families. Marilyn brought wisdom, humour and compassion, and was dearly loved by adults and children. She was such good company, so creative, gentle and generous. She lived out her faith every day. She leaves a painful gap in our community and neighbourhood, but touched so many lives and hearts, mine included. Thank you Marilyn xx
Posted by Karen Bayliss on May 17, 2020
Marilyn, the most kind, caring, person you could ever wish to meet, always smiling and always happy to help. Rest in Peace dear neighbour xxx

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Posted by Leanne Endacott on May 20, 2020
I am so grateful to have met Marilyn at small world playgroup. She was so welcoming on our 1st visit and from every visit thereafter. She was kind, and so very lovely. Marilyn was always so loving towards my son and my family, I will miss her and have very fond memories of her. She will be missed very dearly at small world by the children and the parents. Reat peacefully Marilyn x
Posted by Cheryl Earp on May 18, 2020
So very sorry, Amanda. Prayers for you and your family.
Posted by ALLAN GRAHAME GUY on May 19, 2020
Marilyn, thanks for your love and care when planning those trips I did to the UK - to Port Isaac & Cornwall in 2012, York, Durham & Lindisfarne in 2013, Belgium and the south of England in 2017 following our grandfathers' footsteps to commemorate the battle of Messines in 1917 with more of the Guy family, and of course around Birmingham again in 2019 - and the day babysitting Scarlett in her on home. And I forgot to mention 2018 when we went to Severn Valley Railway and met up with Paul, Nic, and a very young Scarlett.
Thanks also for being a great sister over the years - there when I needed you
Love
Allan
her Life

Early Life and Family.

Marilyn was born in Feilding, New Zealand in 1950 to Grahame and Winifred Guy. She was the second oldest of 6 children (Allan, Jeanette, Bryan, David & Malcolm). She grew up on the families dairy farm outside Feilding.

Marriage

She meet and married Errol in 1975. Over the years, they have developed a special bond which others have recognised.

Their daughter, Amanda was born in 1976 and son Paul in 1977.

Retirement: Small world.

Marilyn spent much of her retired time volunteering at a local Birmingham play group (Small World at St David's Toddler Group), this group is not for profit and of huge benefit to the community. Please visit the give.net page to donate to St David's Toddler Group if you wish to donate in memory of Marilyn.
Recent stories
Shared by Clare Gladstone on May 21, 2020
I have many wonderful memories of Marilyn. She gave me advice on so many occasions and made me laugh with her wonderful sense of humour. One of my favourite memories is when I went to see her in hospital just before lockdown started. She was feeling better than she had been. I went to Costa on the way in and got us some coffees and some cakes. We sat in her room and chatted for a while about many things, shared some Small World stories and ate our cakes, just us. The time flew by. I treasure that time with her so much. 
Shared by Marion Crawford on May 18, 2020
Sending our sympathy to your family, from our second cousin Jean McDonald (Reid) from Paisley, Scotland.                             May Marilyn rest in peace. Amen.