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Mrs. Marilyn Pecato ScotsRoss, also known in the Philippines (particularly Davao, Mindanao) as Marilyn P. Gutierrez, beloved wife of John Jerry ScotsRoss, tender mother of Jeanette Marion (age 5), Judy Jeri (age 12) and Maeva Julia ScotsRoss (age 13); close friend of hundreds of others; and faithful daughter and close follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, after 10 months of steady decline and increased suffering from non-Hodgkin’s diffuse, enlarged B-cell lymphoma, departed her cancer-ruined husk of a body at 8:08 p.m. Dec. 22, 2011.
She was born Nov. 12, 1967, in Hagonoy, Bulacan, Philippines, the daughter of Pergentia Pelaez Pecato and Eduardo Gutierrez.
After a year of study and then passing her Vermont state licensed nursing assistant examination, Marilyn worked with sentient enthusiasm as an LNA at the St. Albans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Vermont.
However, before the home that they were having built for them in Greenwood was complete, and before completing her studies to become a registered nurse, she was diagnosed with cancer.
By her effort and gifted talent as a singer/guitarist and fervent Christian, the number of children attending Sunday school at Binghamville/Fletcher United Methodist Church in Vermont increased from zero to 12 or more.
Whether as a leader of the children’s choir or an ever-ready supporter of the effort of others, Marilyn was always an open window of Christian love through which warm friendship flowed both ways without the least obstruction.
Her physical presence will be sorely and tearfully missed by the hundreds who thought of her as a good and faithful friend. She will forever be tenderly remembered by each and every one who ever knew her.
Farewell our beloved Marilyn, you have escaped your suffering in favor of heaven, where we will in time be rejoined with you.
A service to commemorate her life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at her new church in Indiana, Southport United Methodist Church, 1947 E. Southport Road, Indianapolis. Senior pastor Mark A. Fisher will conduct the service. Volunteer members from among the church body will provide food and drinks.