M arilyn E. Gordon, 79, of State Route 22, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at the C. R. Wood Cancer Facility of the Glens Falls Hospital with her family by her side.
Born on November 10, 1932 in Tunbridge, Vt., she was the daughter of the late Glen and Emma (Cushman) Hardy.
Marilyn was educated in Castleton, Vermont and graduated as valedictorian in 1950. She married Mackie Gordon on July 27, 1951 in Whitehall.
She worked for General Electric for a few years before she and her husband bought and operated the Bay View Gardens on South Bay for over 46 years and the stories and lives that Marilyn and Mackie touched could fill a book. Following Mackie’s death, she continued to run and operate the Bay View Gardens before she semi-retired in 2009 always keeping an eye on what was going on at the establishment. They also owned other real estate in the Whitehall area.
Marilyn, her husband and family and friends enjoyed camping in Port Henry for many years. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and was very proud of all their accomplishments and especially her granddaughter, Shelby, going to college in Buffalo, and Lexis and Austin with all their sports accomplishments and was well known as “Grannie”
She was very involved with the South Bay Snowmobile Club for many years and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 83 Auxiliary of Whitehall.
Besides her parents, she is predeceased her husband, Max “Mackie” Gordon, as well as three brothers, Charles Hardy, Richard Hardy and Floyd Cushman.
She is survived two sons, Kevin Gordon and his wife, Janine of Queensbury and William E. Gordon and his companion, Naomi of Fort Edward and one daughter, Jean Legault and her husband, Roland “Husky” of Gansevoort; grandchildren, Shelby Gordon, Alexis Gordon and Austin Gordon, all of Queensbury, Billy Gordon, Jr. of Fort Edward, Erika Gordon of Plattsburgh, Robert Tyler of Hudson Falls, Brett Tyler of South Glens Falls, Rebecca Scrimo Sims of Ohio; great grandchildren, Corey Tyler of Hudson Falls and Rachel Warner of Plattsburgh; sister-in-law, Addie Hardy of Falmouth, Mass.; brother-in-law, Russell Gordon of Mechanicsville, Paul Gordon of Whitehall, Eugene Gordon and his wife, June of Hunter Mountain, Marshall Gordon and his wife, Sally of Whitehall; sister-in-law, Ruth “Sally” Gallagher of Whitehall; special nephew, Tim Hardy and a special friend, Paul Miller, Sr.; several nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many, many friends.
Family and friends were able to call at the Jillson Funeral Home, Inc., Whitehall Sunday, Jan. 22,.
AA Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Monday, Jan. 23 at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, Skene Street in Whitehall with Rev. Michael Flannery, Pastor, officiating.
Following the Mass, family and friends were invited for a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Bay View Gardens to celebrate Marilyn’s life.
Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family at Gerald Solomon National Cemetery in Saratoga, New York.
Her son, Kevin, and family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Sponzo, Jean and the whole staff at the cancer ward for their understanding, encouragement in helping Mom fight this battle against this horrible disease. They would also like to thank Lisa Brooks, Missy Laraway and Bill Jones as well as many other people at the Bay View Gardens who were always there to lend a helping hand with many trips to the doctors as well as help around the bar. (Lisa, Paul, Kevin, Todd, Tammy, Frannie W. and Leon W. and many other friends.) It will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation in Marilyn’s name to the C. R. Wood Cancer Center, c/o Glens Falls Hospital, 102 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 or the Dresden Volunteer Fire Company, Route 22, Clemons, NY 12819.