Quote of the Day - Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts - My mother, Marilyn Jean Hampton, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2008, at the Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brewster, attended by her family. She was 75. Marilyn was born on June 10, 1932, in Pittston, Pennsylvania, an only child to James Burton Walker and Leola Naomi Richardson Walker, where she lived with her parents in West Pittston. She attended West Pittston High School and graduated with high honors and a business diploma. She loved to watch baseball with her father, Jim. Her mother, Leola, taught her piano, and she took voice lessons as a child.
She was an accomplished piano player and soloist throughout her life, and she regularly sang in church choirs. She worked for a number of years following as a business secretary for state Senator Jack Sordoni, the president of Sordoni Construction Company in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
She was married to James Robert Williams on September 12, 1952, in West Pittston. Marilyn then worked as a secretary to Dean Vaughan Dabney at Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts while her husband pursued a divinity degree. After his graduation in 1955, they took residency in Middleboro, Mass. where Marilyn served as a Youth Group and Youth Choir Director and church secretary at the First Congregational Church on the Green in Middleboro. They were noted for instituting a living Christmas crèche at the Church.
They moved in 1957 to Worcester, Mass., where they served at Lakeview Congregational Church and at Chaffin Congregational Church in Holden, Massachusetts, where Rev. Williams served both churches as minister. There they had three sons, J. Craig Williams, Todd T. Williams and Scott J. Williams. Marilyn taught Sunday School classes at both churches.
After their service in Worcester and Holden, the family moved back to West Pittston in 1965, where Rev. Williams served the First Congregational Church and Marilyn served as the Youth Choir Director. As a soprano, Marilyn frequently sung solos and duets with her father, Jim Walker, a bass. She wrote a weekly column for the town of West Pittston for the Pittston Gazette, a local newspaper. She also taught Sunday School at church and served as the Church Secretary.
The family then moved to Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania in 1971 to St. John's Reformed Congregational Church, where Marilyn sang in the Choir, taught Sunday School and served as a Church Secretary. Marilyn likewise wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper, The Call. She loved to watch football and learned the game from her two oldest sons, Craig and Todd, who played the sport in high school.
Reverend Williams then accepted a call to St. Stephen's Congregational Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1976, where Marilyn again served as Church Secretary, sang in the Choir and taught Sunday School. Marilyn accepted a full-time position as secretary to Dr. Leotus Morrison, the Women's Athletic Director at James Madison University. She loved to listen to the local high school band, where her youngest son, Scott, played the trombone.
Marilyn then moved to Harwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod in 1985, where Rev. Williams served as minister at the Harwich First Congregational Church. Marilyn accepted a full-time position as Church Secretary of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Episcopal, in Orleans, Mass., where she served for nearly 15 years. She brought several Scottish Terriers into her life named Heather, who were her devoted companions.
She later remarried Gordon Hampton and took up residence in South Harwich, where she continued to live the remainder of her life as a pious and temperate woman. She was dearly loved by her family and the multitude of friends she developed at various churches and towns where she had served over the years. She kept up an avid, handwritten correspondence with her many friends and enjoyed speaking on the telephone with those she was unable to write.
Marilyn Jean Walker Williams Hampton is survived by her three sons, Craig, Todd and Scott and Scott's wife, JoAnn, as well as a multitude of grandchildren, Michel J. Ayer, Dean R. Ayer, Julie J. Ayer Williams, Joshua Williams, Andrew Williams, Jonathan Williams, Matthew Williams, Sarah Williams and Jennifer Williams, and her two, later-in-life stepchildren Brian Hampton and Kim Hampton Palmer and Kim's husband, Jared, and their children, Jack and Katherine Palmer. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. this Friday, April 25, 2008, at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Episcopal, in Orleans, Cape Cod Massachusetts where her ashes will be interred in the church's columbarium alongside her devoted husband, Gordon Hampton.