Marilyn Rae (Cunningham) Pacheco

Born: Mon., Sep. 26, 1932
Died: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

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MARION; Mrs. Marilyn Rae (Cunningham) Pacheco, 86, passed peacefully into eternal life on August 14, 2019 after a period of declining health.  Marilyn was born in New Bedford, MA. to Hubert Reese and Alice May (Rae) Cunningham. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Myron Pacheco with whom she shared 46 years of marriage.

Marilyn graduated from Saint Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 and worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of positions throughout her career. After raising five children, she returned to school to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree at Bridgewater State College where she graduated in 1987.

Marilyn was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in New Bedford and had also attended the Falmouth Church of the Nazarene.  Marilyn  worshiped God through music and song, participation in her church community, and ministering to acutely ill patients in the hospital as a chaplain.

She had a keen interest in researching her ancestry.  She was a member of The Mayflower Society. Her research revealed a relation to the Pilgrims and to Governor William Bradford.

Marilyn will be remembered for so many things  including: her loving heart, fabulous hand knit afghans, her impeccably coordinated outfits, her uncanny ability to remember   birthdays and anniversaries, and her love of ice cream.

Survivors include : her five children, Robert S. Pacheco, Bethany P. Larson, Leslie D Caesar, Keith D. Pacheco, and Andrew P. Pacheco, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 great- great-grandchild, her beloved brother, Paul Cunningham, 2 nieces, 3 great-nieces, and 1 great- nephew.  

The family of Marilyn Rae Pacheco wish to invite friends to a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life at The First Church of the Nazarene, Hathaway Road, New Bedford, MA on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2 PM. Reception to follow in the Church Recreation Hall.

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Arrangements under the directions of Cabral Baylies Square Funeral Home & Cremation Services,  512 No. Front Street, New Bedford, MA.

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Maureen Lewis
   Posted Fri August 16, 2019
To Marilyn's family
Extending my sincere sympathy in your loss of your mother.
and later as private duty nurses.

She was a consumate nurse and it was a pleasure to work with her.

Will always remember her smile!

Maureen Lewis

Susan Marlatt
   Posted Sat August 17, 2019
Marilyn was a great friend and co- worker at Falmouth Hospital for many years.
She was caring with a heart of gold and such a hard worker..... we were fortunate to have had her in our department for those years. She made our days there so much brighter.

Rev. Bette McClure
   Posted Sun August 18, 2019
I worked with Marilyn when she served as a chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital. She was a deeply faithful, loving and compassionate woman. I am a better person for having known her. My prayers and sympathy go out to her entire family.

Muriel Dion
   Posted Sun August 18, 2019
Marilyn, my very first playmate at 3 years old. We sure had some good times back then. Until we meet again, l love you.
My sincere condolences to all your family.

Madison Sullivan
   Posted Sun August 18, 2019
Love you forever gram.❤️

Anna DiVecchio
   Posted Sun August 18, 2019
I am so sorry to hear this news. Marilyn lived downstairs from my Dad, Hollis Loring, in Falmouth. She was not only a dear friend but she took care of Dad many times for us. He loved her, and always was grateful for her friendship. We
Shared nursing stories and I was sad to have lost contact after my Dad died. I have such fond memories of her. Blessings to her family.

Diane Dishaw
   Posted Mon August 19, 2019
Leslie, I'm so sorry for your loss and I know what you and your family are going through.My memory I have of her is when I was with you at Beth's house in Dartmouth and your mother was reading a book. I looked at the stairs and saw her electric chair that was attached to the railing and I said you go on that she said yes (laughing). Still laughing she said hop on you want a ride up. I almost fell to the floor laughing and said NOPE. It was so cute

Marlene Davis for St Luke's Hospital School of Nursing Alumni
   Posted Mon August 19, 2019
To Marilyn's family
Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. Marilyn will be remembered at our annual meeting in September.

Trish O'Brien
   Posted Mon August 19, 2019
Marilyn was a member of my church (First Church of the Nazarene, New Bedford, ma.) I also served with her on our Missions Council. She was such a friendly and loving person whom I admired for her talents, strength and wisdom. I enjoyed learning about her life as a nurse and mother. She is an example to me of courage, faithfulness and service. I will miss her, but know she is in the arms of Jesus.

Roberta Ducharme ( Robbie Medeiros)
   Posted Wed August 21, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Pacheco family. I fondly remember your mom and her generosity, welcoming me multiple times into her home, her kind personality and her smile. Although we have lost touch through the years I often think of Beth and Leslie and your mom and the times spent as children. I wish you all comfort during this difficult time. Memories last forever and grateful to have them. Rest peacefully Mrs. Pacheco. Love an old friend... Roberta 💕

Larry & Carolann Hunter
   Posted Wed August 21, 2019
To the entire Family,
Our deepest condolences and prayers to the Cunningham and Pacheco families.
Although we've only known Marilyn for the last few years, she was always a joy to be with...her positive approach to life and her wry wit will always be remembered.
May she rest in peace...

Gail Warwick Lyonnais
   Posted Fri August 23, 2019
I was honored to spend time with Marilyn while visiting my Mom at Sippican. We thought we had known each other from somewhere but couldn't figure it out. After reading the obituary, it came to light that we did know each other from the First Church of the Nazarene. I remember Marilyn's beautiful singing voice. It's unfortunate I didn't think of the connection sooner, I would have enjoyed reminiscing with Marilyn about Church memories. I am very sorry for your loss and may you feel joy in your hearts as you look back on all your special memories. Sincerely, Gail Warwick Lyonnais

Deb Shippelhute
   Posted Sat August 24, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Marion’s family.
One must honor and respect all her accomplishments between the day of her birth, right through to her final day of rest. May we take her compassion, devotion and love for people and continue to share with others as she would want.
Her smile and love shown toward her sister, Betty will always be remembered.
I hope you can find some comfort in knowing others share in your loss.
God bless you all.......

Your neighbor,

Charlotte Soucy
   Posted Tue August 27, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Marilyn's passing. We worked together in the Falmouth Schools when I first arrived there in 1980. She brought a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, knowledge, and a commitment and dedication to her work with the students, staff and families. She was a gem to work with. We lost track of each other over the years but I always remembered her fondly. She was a role model to whom we all could aspire to become. I am so sorry for your loss.