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Marilyn E. Francis


Marilyn Eugenia (Booker) Francis "Bookie", age 78, of Malden, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 28, 2021 after a brief illness. Marilyn was born on January 19, 1943 in Portland, ME to the late Chester and Marion (Fulton) Booker. Marilyn loved to dance, figure skate, and was a majorette at Deering High School in Portland, ME. She loved spending time at her grandparent's farm on the Ossipee River in Effingham Falls, NH.

The family moved from Portland, ME to Malden, MA during her senior year of high school, where she was quickly swept up in the social whirl there as a member of Greenroom, Tri-Hi, a football usherette, and she loved chemistry, graduating with the Malden High Class of 1962.

Marilyn went to nursing school, and then worked for many years as a Registered Nurse at the former Malden Hospital. She eventually decided to leave nursing to raise her family. Marilyn was one of the original founders of the Ambassadors Drum & Bugle Corps of Malden, MA. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, and was very active in local and state politics.

Marilyn went on to have a long and distinguished career at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, winning many awards and much respect, she retired in 2017.

Marilyn loved camping at Sunset Park in Hampstead, NH, swimming, and walking. But her biggest love of all was spending time with her grandsons Joey and Billy.

Marilyn is predeceased by her parents Chester H. Booker, Marion E. (Fulton) Booker-Towle; step-father Loring Towle; sister Sandra (Booker) Graves, brother-in-law Wes Graves, beloved nephew Andrew Graves; nephew Eric Francis; her "adopted son" Craig Ballarino; and her dear friend Richard Kimball.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter Teri (Francis) Restuccia, son-in-law Bill Restuccia, grandson Will Restuccia, of Wilmington, MA; her son Mark G. Francis, of Malden, MA; their dad Felton G. Francis of E. Wakefield, NH; her cousin Maureen (Richardson) Morrison of Brentwood, NH; her nephew Chris Graves and his wife Barbara, and their children Tabitha, Timothy, and Rebecca, and many great-great niece and nephews of Pensicola, Fl; her grandson Joe Perullo of Woburn, MA; the Lucy to her Ethel, Claire Restuccia of Toms River, NJ; her favorite brother-in-law Glen Francis of Milton Mills, NH; sister-in-law Diane (Francis) Cipriano of Melrose; nephew Michael Cipriano, his wife Julie and their son Matthew of Lynn; her niece Cheryl (Cipriano) Slauenwhite, her husband Frank and their daughter Sophia of Woburn, MA; All of her "adopted kids" who call her Ma, including Michael Yawnick of Andover, Mark Grandi of Everett, Donna Zacchini of Salem, MA, and daughter-in-law Jacqui MacDonald of Wakefield, MA; many friends, extended family, and beloved in-laws.

Marilyn will fondly be remembered for her words of wisdom, sense of humor, generosity, and kindness.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Marilyn's name to her favorite charity the St. Joseph Indian School, 1301 N. Main Street, Chamberlain, SD, 57325, 1-800-341-2235,

A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 4:00-8:00PM at the Weir-MacCuish Funeral Home, 144 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148.

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