AUBURN — Marilyn J. Hamel, 76, of Mechanic Falls, passed away Jan. 15, at the Hospice House.

She was born the daughter and only child of John and Irene Parker in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. She attended Brownville Junction schools graduating as salutatorian in 1952.

She attended the Eastern Maine General Hospital School of Nursing Program for one year and later worked as a teacher’s aide at Elm Street School in Mechanic Falls from 1972 to 2003.

It can truly be said of Marilyn that she was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She has made her home in Mechanic Falls since 1959, and has been a dedicated member of Hosanna New Testament Church in Welchville since 1978.

During her final battle with illness, she has been courageous and faith-filled. Her family and friends have learned so much from her example in the face of many challenges.

She is survived by her daughter, Vickie Swanson and her husband, John; her daughter, Kimberly Nickey and her husband, Steve; three granddaughters, Laurel Paladino, Kirsten and Keanne Petrie; a grandson, Adam Paladino and his wife, Michelle; and two great-grandsons, Samuel and Jakob Paladino.

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