Marilyn (Erickson) Lord, 86, of Portland, CT passed away peacefully at her daughters’ home in Vermont surrounded by her loving family and her cat, Snowball. She was born in Hartford, CT on March 5, 1932, the only child of Sixten V. and Gertrude M. (Anderson) Erickson and moved to Cromwell when she was young. Marilyn met the love of her life, Daniel Lord, when he was the family paperboy. They were married June 14, 1952, and had 62 wonderful years together. Marilyn worked for the Hartford Insurance Company prior to raising their family in Portland in the home her husband Dan built in 1955. She worked at Greystone Retirement Home for 18 years as a cook and aide and retired at the age of 70. Marilyn was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church in Portland. She enjoyed taking many road trips with the family in their truck camper, knitting and crocheting blankets, sweaters, and doilies, listening to country music with Dan, and visiting her children and grandchildren.
She was a very loving and special mother and wife. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Marilyn was predeceased by her husband Dan. She is survived by her six children, Susan and husband Patrick Perry of Niantic, Cynthia and husband Ronald Miller of Lewisburg, WV, Diane and husband Mark McBride of Derby, VT, Linda and husband David Rooney of CT, Daniel Jr. and wife Elizabeth Lord of Madison, and Robert and wife Amy Lord of North Reading, MA. She also leaves sixteen grandchildren, Erin and Jeffrey Perry, Creighton Miller, Dr. Hilary Miller Handley, Berkely Miller, Jennifer McBride Christen, Tyler, Ben and Sarah McBride, Kiersten, Danielle, Emily and Trevor Rooney, Alison Lord, Kiera and Jason Lord and by great grandsons, Emerson and Watson Miller, sisters-in law Marion Giroux and Olive Bials, and cousins Barbara MacCready and Lois Anderson.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 2nd at 11:00 AM at Cromwell Funeral Home, 506 Main Street, Cromwell. Interment will follow in the Swedish Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to First Congregational Church of Portland, 554 Main Street, Portland, CT 06480. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.