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Marilyn Kay Cecchi

January 27, 1946 - November 12, 2020

Obituary For Marilyn Kay Cecchi

It is with extreme sadness that the family of Marilyn Kay Cecchi (Heydebreck, Lawrence) announce her passing due to heart complications on November 12, 2020, at her home in Auburn, WA, at the age of 74. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Almando John Cecchi, Jr., of Auburn, WA, daughters Sherri Corine Clark of Auburn, WA and Wendy Darlene Kellison of Maple Valley, WA and numerous extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Jay Lawrence of Boulder, CO, mother Opal DeNora Lawrence of Memphis, MO and father Jacob Benjamin Lawrence of Lansing, IA.

Marilyn was born in Kirksville, MO and lived in many different cities across the U.S. as part of a military family. She eventually settled in Washington State where she had lived for the past 55 years. She worked for The Boeing Company for 35 years until her retirement in 2001. After retirement, she and Almando traveled the country occasionally, visiting family in their RV along with their beloved Dachshund dogs. Marilyn met Almando in 1985 and they fell deeply in love and were married that year. She gained 4 stepchildren by marriage to Almando: Anthony Norman, Autumn Louise, Melinda Therese and Alanna Suzanne, to whom she was always mom.

Marilyn was an extreme Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Monty Python fan, loved going out to eat, playing cards and games, and watching all kinds of movies. She also loved that her daughters were in local musicals and would attend every show they were in, sometimes even traveling out of the state to do so. She knew the lyrics to just about any song you could think of, had a lovely singing voice and an amazing, wicked sense of humor. She was a beautiful and kind soul, a hard worker, and always there to offer love, advice and support.

Marilyn…loving wife, mother, best and dearest friend…you will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved you.

“…and now for something completely different…”
Mom's favorite quote from the film 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'

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I light a candle today because your best friend reached out to me momma...Linda sent me a note and I responded. She remembers your big beautiful brown eyes and your beautiful face!
- Sherri Clark
The below message was written by Greg Gamble: I heard about your mom's passing and I'm so sorry. I have such incredibly warm and terribly fond memories of your mom. She was the merry caterer-with her Cheshire Cat grin and sweet sarcastic humor- to some of my favorite memories of my youth. To name a few of them in a totally random and disorganized manner...watching the dawning days of HBO and Showtime (you remember they showed the same movie over and over and over!) Michael Jackson, silk disco shirts, Monty Python, Elton John, Al Stewart, The Elephant Man and of course- all those high school plays (and cast parties!). Marilyn was always there to throw together a groaning repast to sate the hungry teens. I also appreciated the sacrifices she made for you girls and also for her mom- all while keeping a smile on her face. I'm sure she had her days - like all of us do - but the German/Scottish side of me appreciated her ability to have a "stiff upper lip" and sacrifice for her family. Even though it was 40 years ago I can still remember watching "Start The Revolution Without Me!" ('I thought it was a costume ball!') with your mom and she had memorized lines like a teenager. Such joy and youthful spirit she had. And such a generous heart. Beautiful inside and out. Rest in peace, Marilyn.
- Sherri Clark
Miss you so much, mom... agree with my sister Sherri's post on your birthday...we missed being able to give you a lovely card and flowers, but we left them on your memory table. You were such a giving and kind person. The world does not seem quite right without you in it. Love you...
- Wendy Kellison
Today is January 27, 2021...what would have been my mom's 75th birthday. If you were still here mom, we would be surrounding you with love and you would be reading a special card that made you cry, and you would be eating a big buttercream slathered piece of birthday cake, with some left over for later! You were/are so loved by many who will miss celebrating this time, and all special times with you. Hoping that you are having a big birthday bash in heaven with Opal (Opie, Ga) and her sisters Mary and Jean, Grandpa Jay, and your brother Ronald...all with you. ~Love you so much mom, your daughter Sherri
- Sherri Clark

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