MARILYN JOAN BARRETT BOISE, Idaho – Marilyn Joan Barrett died March 23, 2008, at her home, after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her entire family in her home at the time of her death. Marilyn was born Sept. 1, 1934, in Hermon, to Andrew and Mary Light. She graduated from Hermon High School with honors in 1953 and was a member of the National Honor Society. Marilyn was employed by the American Homes Co., as a secretary in Bangor, after graduation from high school. She married John W. Barrett, June 17, 1956, in Bangor. After their marriage they moved to Moscow, Idaho, where Marilyn was employed as the secretary to the dean of the Agriculture Economics Department of the University of Idaho, while John completed law school. In 1959 Marilyn, John and their first daughter, Kim, located in Boise, Idaho, where John began the practice of law. Marilyn began her life’s dedication to her family and raising their four children, Kim, Charlie, Laura and Jonna. Marilyn’s life was full of loving friends and grateful souls in need. Marilyn volunteered her time and effort to many charitable organizations. Marilyn and John have been active members of Wright Congregation United Church of Christ since 1964. During this time, she served on numerous church committees, was a deaconess member and her most recent position was that of financial secretary. Marilyn was loved, cherished and respected by everyone who had the honor to know her. Marilyn’s greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother and grandmother. She believed her children and grandchildren were precious gifts and she was involved in every moment of their lives. There wasn’t a rodeo, parade, dance recital, game or event she missed and they all shared in so many wonderful adventures as a family. Marilyn is survived by her husband, John; and their children, Kim and Cedric Minter, Charlie and DeAnna Barrett, Laura and Clay Shockley and Jonna and Jason Brewer; her 10 beautiful grandchildren, Kellan and Preston Minter, Tyler, Bailey and Hannah Barrett, John and Elizabeth Shock-ley and Ashley, Hunter and Myles Brewer. Marilyn is also survived by two nephews, Mike and Darrin, both of Maine. Her parents; and also her brother, George, who Marilyn herself cared for while battling his losing fight against cancer, predeceased her. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave., Boise, Idaho. A gathering of family and friends will be held after at Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 4821 West Franklin Road, Boise, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MSTI, St. Luke’s Hospice Program, 100 East Idaho, Boise, ID, 83712 or Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 6571, Boise, ID 83707. Although Marilyn has left this Earth, her love, compassion and spirit will live on in all she touched. We love you – welcome home!