Marinell Wilkerson
Marinell Wilkerson
  • January 11, 1943 - January 3, 2018
  • Arlington, Texas

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Born on January 11, 1943 to her parents Clyde and Mary Wilkerson, Marinell graduated from Surrattsville High School in 1961. She attended The University of Arkansas for three years before leaving college in 1964 to marry her high school sweetheart Richard A. Rash. After her divorce from Richard, Marinell began her career at Abbott laboratories, met her long-time partner Bobbi Billingsley, and settled in Arlington, Texas.

Marinell was active in The Women's Chorus of Dallas, as well as in Resounding Harmony Chorus. She was a regular member of her choir at Celebration Community Church. Every year as able, Marinell loved traveling to New Mexico to see the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque because as she often said, "my soul lives in New Mexico and flies with the balloons."
Marinell was a devout Christian woman who had a deeply personal relationship with God. She drew on His strength to guide her and protect her as she dealt with the pain of the deaths of her parents, her divorce, and the death of her partner. Through all her sorrows, Marinell never lost her faith in God and His greatness.

Through two open heart surgeries, Cancer surgery where she lost half of her lung, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy from continued Cancer threats, Marinell never lost her love of family, friends, and life itself. Her strength and courage to face each day were an inspiration, as well as a quiet lesson, for those who loved her.

Marinell is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Cyndy Rash Milam and Todd Milam, from Arlington, Texas, Grandson Christopher C. Milam, his wife Rachelle and great grandson Connor of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Grandson Caden G. Milam of Arlington, Texas. Marinell was preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Mary Wilkerson, her brother Warren Wilkerson and her partner Bobbi Billingsley.

Her memorial service will be held at Celebration Community Church of Fort Worth on January 13th at 10:00am

On January 3rd our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend made her final journey home to her Heavenly Father. She will be greatly missed.