Gloria Marilyn (Rawding) Antonelli died on September 9, 2022, in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by her family. He was born on January 11, 1932, in Berwick, Nova Scotia, to William and Amelia Horatio (Burton) Rawding. She prefers to be called Marilyn.
When Marilyn was 11 years old, her father served in the Canadian Army during World War II. While he was in the ministry, he, his mother and two siblings moved from their hometown of Waterville, Nova Scotia, to Medford, Massachusetts, to be closer to the rest of the family. His father joined them in Massachusetts after the war.
Marilyn graduated from Medford High School in 1949, and later received training as a nurse at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts. While at nursing school, she was introduced to a handsome young man who was serving in the US Air Force. He and Paul Antonelli fell in love and married when Marilyn was 20 years old. They were married for 69 years. Marilyn and Paul raise five children in Amherst, New Hampshire. She is a wonderful wife, housewife and mother. She supports her children actively in Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts, and in the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). He taught them how to swim in the lake, took them to Hampton Beach to play in the sand and attend their sporting events. He would always make their favorite meal on their birthday.
During the summer months, she likes to drive to Canada with her children to visit relatives. Marilyn works as a registered nurse as often as possible to care for the elderly in their home, or pediatric patients at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. She is a very compassionate person who will reach out to others who need love and support. She opened her home to her deaf nephew and taught her children to be open to diversity and help others who are less fortunate.
Marilyn is in the choir at First Congregational Church in Amherst. He and his friend opened a secondhand clothing store called “Just for Teens.” It is located in the Milford Oval and specializes in soft used sportswear and equipment.
He loves to play golf and once scored a hole-in-one. He was an avid bridge player and attained Silver Life Master status. In retirement, Marilyn and Paul enjoy traveling in their RV to visit their children, and to see the many states in the US as well as Mexico. In 2002, they moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, to be closer to the family. He is active in the bridge circle, and he enjoys playing poker with his friends.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, her parents and her brother, Burton Rawding. He left behind his older sister, Edith Brammer; and their five children, Nancy (Alan) Galbreath, Paul Antonelli, Kristine (Torbjorn) Karlsen, Stephen (Michelle) Antonelli and Norma (David) West. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Marilyn family would like to thank the staff at The Ridge Senior Living Center in Salt Lake City, and Aspen Ridge in Grand Junction for their loving care. His family highly values his hospice care team from Canyons Home Health and Hospice, as well as HopeWest Hospice.
The Memorial Service will be held in Callahan-Edfast at Grand Junction on Monday, October 10, 2022, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations can be made to HopeWest Hospice in Grand Junction, Colorado.
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