Richards (née Edgar), Marilyn

Richards (née Edgar), Marilyn

October 26th, 2017

On Thursday, October 26th, 2017, after a courageous battle against cancer, surrounded by love, singing and family at Parkwood Institute, Marilyn slipped into the arms of her Saviour.  Although she will be greatly missed, we rejoice in knowing we will see her again.  Known for her hugs, big smile and even bigger heart, she always had a smile and encouraging word for everyone she met.  Her kindness, generosity and faith impacted all those around her.  Marilyn was passionate about helping people, which was evident in her extensive nursing career and as a Pastor’s wife.  She was incredibly loving and dedicated - each person and patient was more like family to her.  Loved madly by her husband, Rev. Douglas Richards.  Cherished mother of Pastor Dan (Amy), Becky Mathieu (Mike), Kim Ykema (Jeremy) and Tim (Tara).  Adoring grandma to Caleb, Jonathan and Shelby.  Deeply missed by her siblings, Margaret Gregory (Jim), David (Lynda), Bob (Sharon), Elizabeth Bell and sister-in-love, Monica Edgar.  Fondly remembered by the entire Richards family; all her nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear friends and her Gateway Church family.  Marilyn is now reunited in Heaven with her parents, Sydney and Jean Edgar; sister, Heather Ingram (Michael); brother, Ken; brother-in-law, Fred Bell and niece, Kristen Edgar.  Visitation will be held on Monday from 3:00 - 5:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. The funeral service will be conducted at GATEWAY CHURCH, 890 Sarnia Road, London on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Private inurnment at Woodland Cemetery.  Special thanks to the amazing staff at Parkwood Institute, the oncology team and all the medical staff at Victoria and Strathroy hospitals.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marilyn are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society or Cystic Fibrosis Canada. For information and online condolences, please visit

“…Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NIV.

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bobbytrippmy prayers are with you at this time
Michael Joseph A wonderful faithful lady always ready to share a hug and smile. Looking forward to seeing you again in Heaven. Until we meet again, praise God!
John and Teresa (Good) WebsterI suppose that Hyacinths, Daffodils, Lily of the valley and Wisteria cannot compare to the SWEET FRAGRANCE that Marilyn poured forth from her amazing life towards her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and all people. Her life showered Joy, Peace and Love to us and all she met. She will be missed. 2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ , in them that are saved, and in them that perish.
Chris and Bonita Hannon"Safe in the arms of Jesus", and protected from the evils of this world. Praising God for the testimony of Marilyn's life!
Donna Root My deepest condolences and fervent prayers for everyone affected. No more cancer, no arthritis, no more pain. She's walking the golden streets of Heaven. I'm so glad Neil & I got to spend time with Marilyn and that we could sing and pray with her at the hospital. It was a beautiful and peaceful time. When I was at the worst of my sickness, Marilyn always went out of her way to pray with me, incredibly compassionate, so kind, so gentle, so unconditionally loving. What a gift to have been blessed with knowing you Marilyn. Can't wait to see you in Heaven. Love you forever. Xo 💖💋➕
Nina and Alex DikihWe are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and our dear friend, Marilyn. She will forever be missed but fondly remembered. We were all so privileged and blessed by having her in our lives. She always had a smile, hug, prayer and a kind word for those she encountered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May you be strengthened by the outpouring of love from others... May you be overwhelmed with the peace of our Lord and Saviour... May you be encouraged with the hope of Life Eternal... Keep the memories of all the great times you had with her close to your heart. There is no doubt that she loved you all very very much. We heard that from her very often. Until we meet again at the feet of Jesus, Marilyn! With lots of love...
Rachelle AndersonMy deepest condolences. Praying for all of you.
Don & Joan DufourDear Doug & Family We are so sorry to hear of your loss and send our condolences to the whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Don & Joan
Valerie EvesMy deepest condolences at this difficult time. May you find comfort and love in your family and, of course, in God.
Joyce Corcoran (nee Smith)My deepest condolences at this difficult time. Old friend of Marilyn and her family we went to Elim. Marilyn always greeted you with a smile and a hug. She will be missed.
Tracy BarclayMy heart goes out to all of you as you mourn the loss of your wife and mom. She was a beautiful woman of God and a great mom and wife. I am so sorry for your loss and am praying for all of you. Love you guys. Tracy
jane TappSorry for your loss.My heart goes out to you. She was a very special lady in many ways. She was with me when I lost my husband last year she was my rock God bless you and your family. my prayers are with you. love Jane Tapp.
Rachel HillikerBecky, Mike, & Family -- we grieve with you in this loss. Praying for you during this time...that God would show Himself once again to be the God of all comfort. Love, Ben & Rachel
Terrie & Wayde HowardTim, Tara & family, our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family in the loss of your dear, sweet Mom. Praying for comfort and strength at this difficult time, that only comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We love you!
Joy Cartier (Hollands)Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Alexandra Piers (Dikih)Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your loss. Your mom was such an incredible example of Jesus's love to others. I know she will be remembered and missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her.
Archie & Cindy KenyonDoug, Tim, Kim and all the family, We were so sorry to hear about Marilyn's death. She was one of the first people to make us feel welcome at GTA and her care and concern never lessened. We always felt important when talking to Marilyn. Praying for you as you grieve and remember.
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