With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Marilyn Jean Neathammer, our loving and devoted mother and friend of all whose lives she touched, on May 28, 2021 at the age of 87 in Destin, Florida. She crossed into heaven peacefully in her sleep after an extended illness.
She was born in Sandoval, Illinois to Leon and Ella Lippert. After graduating high school, Marilyn settled in Mobile, Alabama where she raised her children while working as an accountant. When her children were grown, she ventured to Laguna Hills, California to work with her sister, Joann in her furniture business. She loved the excitement of California and later moved to Encinitas to become a financial advisor. There she was an active member of the choir at Calvary Lutheran Church. She was a gifted organist, and passionate about participating and listening to choral ensemble music. Around 2012, she retired to Destin, Florida to be closer to her family.
Marilyn was an active member of the Republican Women of San Diego and Okaloosa Federated. She attended Destin United Methodist Church and was active with the Friends of Destin Library and the Destin senior center where she made many special friendships. Marilyn truly loved life to the fullest through simple pleasures, chatting with friends, family dinners and boat rides and listening to her music. Most of all she loved her family and instilled in her children strong values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed by all.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Pam (Ed) Calametti and Rick (Tina) Neathammer; her grandchildren, Alison (Alfred) Cash, Brad (Mary) Calametti, Zach Luckie, and Tori Neathammer; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Catherine Cash and Jack and Luke Calametti; her sisters, Dorothy (Tom) Burdin and Doris Stanley; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Ella Lippert; sister, Joann Bassen; and niece, Kecia Burdin Meyer.
A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held in Destin, Florida at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Harvest House, Destin, Florida (harvesthousedestin.org). Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com
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