Marilyn Sue Wilson-Buckingham was born on November 29, 1951 in Dos Palos, California to Fareign M (Doodle) and Barbara Jean Wilson. She would grow up in Madera, Firebaugh, Smelling, and finally Merced, California. She graduated Merced High School in 1969 and went to work for Farmer's Insurance. She ventured to beauty school, and finally found her passion as a cook for Merced City School District. Marilyn passed away January 10, 2021 in Merced, California after a brief illness. She is survived by her daughter, Maria Renee Buckingham, and brother Philip Atchley, both of Merced. She is proceeded in death by her parents, Fareign and Barbara Wilson, and sister Rachel Atchley. Marilyn's life long dream was of being a mother, and she did it better than anyone else. She was never called my name by any of her adopted children, just "Mom". She touched many lives through children ministry and just being the neighborhood mom. She will be missed deeply by everyone that she touched, and we have peace knowing that her pain has ended and we will see her again one day!
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