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Marilyn Mae McLean
Celebration of Life

MacCoubrey Funeral Home
30 King St. E., Cobourg

Thursday, August 31
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Marilyn Mae McLean

May 27, 1955 - August 11, 2023

With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Marilyn Mae McLean of Gores Landing, on August 11th, 2023. Marilyn was born on May 27th, 1955 to Peter and Thelma Verbrugge in Ridgetown, Ontario, the fifth of six children. Marilyn leaves behind son Peter (Suzanne), daughter Emily (James). She was the cherished Oma to Hunter, Chloe, Clara and Owen. She also leaves behind her siblings Jerry, Diane, Archie and many friends including her companion, Ronnie Linton. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Thelma, her dearly loved husband Alan McLean (1998), her beloved partner Douglas Cofell (2017) and her brothers Allan and Egbert Verbrugge (2023). Marilyn had a passion for life that sometimes included taking her hands-off and a love for horses that shaped much of her later years.

A celebration of life will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre on Thursday, August 31 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Cowboy attire and/or casual wear is encouraged.

She will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered. Those wishing may make a memorial donation to SARI Therapeutic Riding.

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Gail Milne - September 5, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

SARI Therapeutic Riding

Jacqueline Visconti - September 3, 2023

I rode with Marilyn. She was a full-gallop, vibrant gal. I'd rein in my horse, or tried, she'd give her horse his head. No holding back. Marilyn, may you ride fast.

Jill and Tim DeClark - September 1, 2023

Our hearts are breaking. I will never get over that Marilyn will not walk into my house again. There will never be a time that I trail ride that I will not think of you my friend. Takata, Abby and the Prez will be waiting for a pet and a ride when you arrive in heaven. We send our condolences to your family, to Peter and Emily especially. We shall see you again someday.

Jack Baxter - August 31, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

SARI Therapeutic Riding

Helen Jarvis - August 31, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

SARI Therapeutic Riding

Cynthia Armour - August 31, 2023

Marilyn was the last person I rode with; since then we've enjoyed many a porch visit at her farm or mine. We once camped together with our horses and despite sub-zero weather and layers of "eau de equine" she retained both her inner and outer beauty! She was adventurous and loved to dance. I was amazed by hers and Ronnie's willingness to try English Country her best western boots! I know how she missed her two- and four-legged loves who went before her so I hope she's enjoying a wonderful reunion. I miss her laugh, her spirit...and will treasure the fun we had together! Godspeed Marilyn – oh, and I know you'd appreciate, the western hat I plan to wear today was presented to my grandmother at the Calgary Stampede almost 100 years ago; when I steamed it back into shape, I could smell her perfume (and she departed 50 years ago!)

Deb McLaren - August 29, 2023

Marilyn was a lovely lady who rode often with my late husband Lantz. He enjoyed coaching her and encouraging her with her horses throughout many years. She always had a smile and kind word whenever she was at our farm. She will be greatly missed by many.

Patricia Monaghan - August 27, 2023

My deepest condolences to Marilyn's Family and closest friends My dearest friend... I shall miss you dearly. From our fun luncheons, our shopping sprees, and those deep spiritual discussions, you have been a wonderful part of my life. Shine your light to the heavens

bonnie richardson - August 26, 2023

She surely will be missed. We talked for hour or so about once a month. Please pass my condolences on to Ronnie. So nice for him to support Marilyn when Allan passed.

Eddie & Kathy Cikatricis - August 23, 2023

So sorry to hear of Marilyn's sudden passing. Our thoughts are with her family. Sincerely Eddie & Kathy Cikatricis

Shari Seymour - August 23, 2023

Girlfriend...I am so sorry I wasn't there. I am very grateful for our visit a month ago. Just like old times. Your perspective about life was so in line with mine. I enjoyed every moment we had and will cherish them forever. Our kayak rides on the lake..our time enjoying horses, drinking a new beverage, laughing...simple things. Sitting on your porch just being. I am so very happy that you found me all those years ago to help your daughter's sweet dog. We became friends during that process. We had so much in common. What a gift you were. My only that we didn't spend as much time together after I moved away..and .. that we didn't get another kayak ride together. You are with those you loved who passed before you. Give Doug and the Prez a hug for me.. Till we meet again 💖

Shawn &Debbie McBride - August 22, 2023

Ronnie and Marilyn’s family. So sorry for your tragic loss of a wonderful person. Shawn & Debbie

Township of Alnwick Haldimand Staff - August 21, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

SARI Therapeutic Riding

Jessie henry - August 18, 2023

We have known each other for 20 yrs. You have been an inspiration in my life. You have been a great sound board , a keeper of secrets, a wonderful conversation at the breakfast table. Our enjoyable laughs together and the complements I would yell your way after a sexy whistle when you walked by , just to be rewarded with you little giggle and a smile, man we would laugh!! You provided this world with an abundance of positive energy and sunshine. Most of all you provided the most of love in your friendships, relationships, motherhood and your fur babies. You will always be with me with me forever and ever. I’ll miss our F*#@in Tuesday visits. Love you second mom!!❤️❤️❤️

Sandy Landry - August 18, 2023

Marilyn will truly be missed. Her enthusiasm for life and and the joy she took in her horses will be a memory we'll all carry.

John and Nancy Thackeray - August 18, 2023

Ronnie, we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you.. ❤️

Ken & Kathy Lambert - August 18, 2023

Sad to hear of Marilyn's passing. She was a nice lady and a good neighbour. Our condolences to the family.

Charlene Jacob - August 17, 2023

My condolences to the family. Marilyn was a wonderful, kind, loving person and I will miss her cheerful attitude in our shared horse activities....❤️

Jack Baxter - August 17, 2023

Marilyn was a wonderful lady but everyone already knows that. She will be sincerely missed by many.

Julie simpson - August 17, 2023

My condolences to her family and friends, she will be sadly missed at the salon.

Mary-Lou, Darwin and Lucinda Humphries - August 17, 2023

We met Marilyn, through Ron. As we got to know her we saw how special a lady she was, and enjoyed many visits with her at family get togethers. She will be greatly missed.

Ellie Ross - August 16, 2023

My heartfelt condolences to all of Marilyn's family and friends. She was always lovely to be around, ride with , laugh with and compete with. She will be missed by many.

Heather Buchanan - August 16, 2023

Marilyn will be sadly missed. She was one of the best horse women I have had the privilege of knowing. Her quiet demeanor, her sense of humour, her love of horses and her smile will always come to mind when I remember her. Until we meet again ...

Lou-ann, and Watson Tidd - August 16, 2023

We know Marilyn, as a special lady, to Ron. We have had lots of fun, and laughter, together at the farm, for Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving Dinners. You well be sadly missed. Rest in Peace. Beautiful lady.

Jayne Atkinson - August 16, 2023

My sincerest condolences to Marilyn's family. I had only met her a couple of times through Ronnie, but knew from the start she was a special person! Hold tight to your wonderful memories and your Mom, Oma, Sister and Friend will always be with you. Hugs

Mary Cronin - August 16, 2023

I met Marilyn 10 years ago through the horse community. She was so kind and full of fun. She will be greatly missed.

Kathy Norrad - August 16, 2023

Marilyn had soo many people who admired and loved her!!

Shelley Towns-Newton - August 15, 2023

Marilyn will be missed by all of our members! She was a true competitor and became friends with so many of us. Our condolences to her family. The OXC Family

Bill and Susan Harris - August 15, 2023

our sincere condolences..

John Tinney - August 15, 2023

Our sincere condolence to Peter,Suzanne and family. We will miss her blue truck and trailer going around the corner.