Marilyn Fate

Marilyn M. Fate

September 1, 1943 - January 7, 2020
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Marilyn Fate of Annapolis, MD. passed peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. She was born on September 1, 1943 to the late Jean Brnich and Harold Miller. She was an incredible homemaker, volunteer, business owner, and program manager throughout her life. Marilyn was an active member of Davidsonville United Methodist Church where she was instrumental in helping to organize the annual Strawberry and Peach festivals. She was the Treasurer of Heritage Harbour Community Boutique and one of the main organizers of the Annual Heritage Harbour Holiday Bazaar.

Her volunteering over the years included the United Methodist Women, Annapolis Area Christian School uniform exchange and original bookstore, Davidsonville Elementary, and South River High School. She also volunteered at Riva Trace Baptist Church in different ministries and Bay Area Community Church as a financial coach.
Marilyn’s mission in her life was to help anyone in need and to make people feel accepted.

Her hobbies included making and selling coasters, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

She was married to her best friend and the love of her life, Jim Fate Sr., for 55 years. She was a devoted mother to Jim Fate, Jr. and his wife Michelle of Centreville, MD and Jean Edwards and her husband Matt, of Annapolis. She was an extremely proud “Grandma” to her 10 grandchildren; Thomas Edwards, Natalie Edwards, Joseph Edwards, Noah Fate-Cloud, Sophie Joy Fate, Luke Fate, Ruth Fate, Moriah Fate, Joel Fate, and Elijah James Fate. She was a supportive sister to her siblings; Scott, who has proceeded her in death, Dave Miller of Irving, Texas, Mark Miller and his wife Tina, of Grand Prairie, Texas Jeff Miller of Saquache. Colorado, Michael Brnich and his wife Paula, Meagan Little and her husband Frank, of Chatham, Ontario, Canada and Michele Veldboom and her husband Edward of Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11am at Davidsonville United Methodist Church, 819 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD 21035.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Davidsonville United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Richie Hwy. Pasadena, MD 21122.
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    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Davidsonville United Methodist Church
    819 W. Central Ave.
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jeffrey harold miller

Posted at 12:55pm
To Jim & Jean & 'Jimmy' (Now that he's around 50 that doesn't fit so well but he's still my nephew so...!:)
I don't know what to say since I don't know what I'd want to hear in similar circumstances. (As Dave has said in his sadness, that he wouldn't know what to say if he was dying-which he is-and somebody called before!) The blessed memories of Marilyn I've been processing these weeks are as nothing compared to what y'all must be going through! That she was married to the same extraordinary man for 55 YEARS is still inconceivable to me-let alone the Baker's dozen of grandchildren whose names she remembered! But there is no comfort I can offer that's not already extended to y'all through Jesus, with whom my words or gestures can't compare! So truly, Blessed are those who mourn....!

Paula Eisel

Posted at 10:21am
Dear Jim,
I am so, so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. She was always such a great "neighbor" at the Peach and Strawberry Festivals at the church. They won't be the same without her. She may be at peace, but I know you will have a huge hole in your life and heart without her. Hugs to the whole family.
Paula Eisel
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Jane Sykes

Posted at 07:48am
Marilyn was The motivation for my girls attending Annapolis Area Christian School. Her talks over tea, her insight and guidelines on subjects when she visited my salon were right on. She made me feel welcomed when meeting in public as if I wern't forgotten. Although our paths went in directions our family pull our interests both Jim and Marilyn were as I once heard said "New friends are silver but old friends are gold." I think of her loved ones knowing they sent her on with the promise being gone but never forgotten.

Judi Fey

Posted at 11:09pm
Jean and Jimmy - Just wanted to send happy memories of your mom and dad and the kids who played together in Harbor Hills. I hope happy memories hope you through the sad times.
Judi (Keck) Fey

Hillary Niemeier

Posted at 01:01pm
I was so sorry to hear that Marilyn had passed away. I always enjoyed chatting with her at family events. I know her children and grandchildren were the light of her life! My best memory of her was during the anniversary dance at my wedding. At the time, she and Jim had been married 47 years and were the longest married couple on the dance floor. The DJ asked their advice for us as newlyweds. Her response “tolerate each other” and his “she’s always right.” Everyone had a good laugh. What a great couple! I know Jim will miss her dearly. Sending my love to all of the family as they process this loss.

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