Marilyn E. Payson Boynton, 69, died at her sister’s home, where she resided the past several months, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born at her family’s Vaughans Neck Road home on Dec. 6, 1941, she was the daughter of Merrill W. and Evelyn O. Moody Payson. Growing up on the family farm, she attended local schools and was a 1960 graduate of Warren High School.

After moving to South Portland, she lived most of her adult life in that city. For more than 21 years, Marilyn was a case worker with the City of Portland Public Health Department.

For many years, she was active with the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, No. 387, in South Portland, helping with many community events. In the year 2000, she served as State President of the F.O.E Auxiliary.

She ultimately met and married the love of her life, David N. Boynton. They lived several years in South Portland, before moving to Bradenton, Florida. Together, they enjoyed raising birds and acquired a blue and gold Macaw named ‘Peanut’, who was her constant companion. Marilyn was an active member of the Bible Baptist Church of Bradenton.

She also worked about three years at The Bradenton Donut Shop, where she enjoyed friendships with her many customers and co-workers.

She enjoyed a close friendship with Debra Kollman of Bradenton, who served as a caregiver during Marilyn’s illness.

Other than her beloved husband of 26 years, David, in 2007, Marilyn was pre-deceased by one sister, Phyllis Vargas in 1992 and a brother Richard Payson in 2007. She is survived by three sons Neil A. Rich and his wife Theresa, Ernest E. Rich and his wife Nancy, Timothy R. Rich, all of South Portland; three sisters, Carolyne M. Perkins of Rockland, Faye Doucette, Patricia Weaver, both of Warren; four brothers, William Payson and his wife Rebecca of Plant City, FL, Robert Payson of Pownal, Andre’ Payson and his wife Robin of Belleville, NB, Gerald Payson and his wife Ludel of Yuma, AZ; a sister-in-law, Jane Payson of Lockhart, TX; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Rich, Alyasha Mayer, Kaddie Rich, and Emily Rich; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held at the Doucette home, 545 Highland Road, Warren, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 2011. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bible Baptist Church of Bradenton, 2113 Morgan Johnson, Bradenton, FL 34208.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. To share a memory or story with Marilyn’s family, please visit her guest book at www.bchfh.com.