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ATLANTIC BEACH, FL: Marilyn Olive Byard Reuter passed onto heaven on September 10, 2015 after a long and fulfilling life. Born to loving parents Lloyd E. and Gladys Tappan Byard on August 13, 1922 she is preceded in death by them and her brother Barclay L. Byard (Millie).

Marilyn is survived by her many loving children, Richard Hall (Nancy), Phillip Hall (Joyce), Suzanne Hall Moore (Barry), Debra Hall Burton (Andy), Clifford S. Reuter IV (Marlla), Carolyn Reuter Woods (Jeff), George Reuter (Melissa), Sara Reuter, Nancy Reuter Barrett (Shane). Grammie Lynn was also blessed to have 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Marilyn was born and raised in Haverhill, but her heart was always in Sedgewick, Maine the home of her Byard family and the beautiful sea that she was so drawn to. An avid student and athlete her thirst for knowledge led her to achieve four degrees. She was a graduate of the Katharine Gibbs College, received a BA in Communication and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Maine at Orono, and her final degree she achieved at age 65 when she earned her Masters of Social Work from Florida State University. Her varied career included the thrill of working for NASA during the Apollo missions, she particularly enjoyed her work as a citizen advocate for Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, and was most proud of her work as a medical social worker in Brevard County.

Marilyn’s love of life and knowledge combined with her feisty disposition served her well as she raised her family, embarked on her degrees and excelled in her profession. She passed these passions on to her children, grandchildren and great children who will always cherish their time with her and miss her dearly.

Marilyn Reuter moved to Atlantic Beach in 1999 when, already being a breast cancer survivor, she was diagnosed with her second cancer. The family will always be grateful to the Mayo Clinic for curing her lymphoma and for the excellent care they always provided. Lynn was a church organist and choir member for many years and this love of music led her to the Palms Presbyterian Church where she was also a member of the choir.

Her service and celebration of a good life well lived was held on Sunday, September 13 at 1 p.m. at the Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home, 3600 Third Street, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Friends are invited to join the family at her daughter, Carolyn’s home in Atlantic Beach after the service.
Published on  September 17, 2015
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