Marilyn T. (Leonard) Barrett

August 7, 2012

Marilyn T. (Leonard) Barrett of Woburn and Hampton Beach passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on August 7, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Edward J. Barrett, Sr. Born 10/17/33 to the late John W. Leonard and Margaret A. (Buckley) Leonard of Arlington. Devoted mother of Mark E. Barrett of Woburn, Edward J. “Ted” Jr. and his wife Lilla of VT, Barbara L. Barrett, Jackie L. Kirwin and her husband Bob, Michelle E. Arsenault and her husband Tom, and Jerry M. Barrett, all of Woburn. Cherished grandmother of Matthew, Erin, Jacqui and Christian Barrett, Edward J. “Teddy” III and Emma Barrett, Jessica and Nicole Kirwin, and Tommy and Mike Joe Arsenault (1-7 Gram). Marilyn had nine brothers and sisters; John Leonard of Windham, NH, Marjorie (Stan) Simeone of Woburn, Barbara Sprague of Jupiter, FL, Robert (Rita) Leonard of Burlington, Richard (Pat) Leonard of NC and William (Judy) Leonard of Burlington, and predeceased by Louise Bourguignon, Patricia McSorley and Eleanor Leonard. In addition she is survived by her sister-in-law Irene Barrett Sieberg and her husband Ken, and countless loving neices and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, August 10th at 11:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 12 Noon. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home from 10 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment in High Street Cemetery, Hampton, NH. Donations may be made in Mrs. Barrett’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.


Marilyn T (Leonard) Barrett of Woburn and Hampton Beach passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on August 7th. She grew up in Arlington where she met her future husband, Eddie. They were married for 51 years and sang their way through their lives together. Momma had so many beautiful qualities, it would take a lifetime to list them all.

As a child, she and her brothers and sisters spent hours singing and dancing together and remained extremely close throughout their lives. In her teens, she took the bus by herself to the Schillinger House of Music, now Berklee College of Music. She actually personally knew the founder, Lawrence Berk, and his son, Lee Berk. She sang professionally in many venues in Boston and Maine. It was quite a time in her life and my dad followed her everywhere.

Our parents bought a summer home in Hampton Beach, and our mom always felt that was where she was the happiest with the kids. All were welcome and the more the merrier. All the neighbor kids could come to our house, and they knew we had something very special in our mom. She was affectionately known by all as “the lifeguard.” Things would never change, as she continued to welcome all of her grandchildren and their friends as well. She always said to everyone as long as you don’t mind where you sleep, including the floor.

Momma raised six kids and was an amazing mom. Her grandchildren were showered with her love and attention. Every person in her life was her favorite in their own way. Marilyn took care of her mother, Ganna, for many years. My parents set a firm precedent, to always care for everyone. It is not likely that anyone could do it better than she could.

She enjoyed so many things…going out to eat, bingo, keno and sometimes just taking rides. She would not sit still for long.

Finally, she loved her church and God. Now she back with her beloved Eddie. 1-7 Momma


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  1. My Dear Cousins,
    I am sorry I was not there at the services to give each of you a hug and tell you how much your mother meant to me.I do believe God has a plan and part of that plan was revealed just a week prior to your mother’s passing.I was lucky enough to bump into Shelley,her youngest son and Auntie Marilyn. It was obvious right away that her phyical health had dimiminished since I had last seen her.I did’nt know what to expect with her memory, etc. Well it did not take long…. Just as I alawys remembered her …. She said in her warm,loving voice surprised to see me “HI BJ”…Her hug was equally as warm and happy.As we talked, memories of both Woburn and Hampton and the old times made us laugh and tear up.I am so happy I took a picture with my Auntie Marilyn that day and I am even happier that as walked away I glanced back to see my Aunt sitting on a warm summer day looking out on the ocean with a smile on her face.

  2. Jackie,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom.. Unfortunley I never had the honor of meeting her, But knowing you as my friend I know she was as specaial as you are for the care,love and memories that you gave her. Rest In peace sweet Momma

  3. Jerry and Barrett family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of you mother. I will always remember your parents as being nice, welcoming people.

    Bryan Olson

  4. Linda Bartczak

    Dear Jackie,Bob and Family,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom.
    My thoughts and prays are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

  5. cindy rogers trudel

    My deepest sympathy to the Barrett Family. I have many
    wonderful memories of your mom, she will be missed but not forgotten.

  6. Mike,Sonya & Bryce Campbell
    Dear Ted, Lilla,Christian & family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. After reading your mother’s memorial, I was reminded of Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, surely she “knew the most excellent way” as she shared her life and love with all.

  7. Dear Michelle and Family,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. What a wonderful mother you had. I was so sad to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
    Jeanne (Randlett)Rainone, Joe Rainone and family

  8. Carlene Strangeways
    Marilyn, you will be deeply missed by all the lives you’ve touched. You earned your wings!
    May your family find peace as you have now, and comfort with all the wonderful memories and melodies you shared with them. Love, Carlene 1-7

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