Marilyn Gendron

Date of Passing:

January 3, 2024

Gendron, Marilyn (Collins), 63, of Barrington, died peacefully on January 3, 2024, at the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence.

Born in Providence, a daughter of Henry V. Collins Jr. and Eloise “Skooky” (Gideon) Collins of Barrington, she spent both her childhood and much of her adult life as a resident of Barrington.

For many years Marilyn worked as a bartender at the Hot Club and Nick-A-Nees in Providence before joining her son and daughter-in-law in Lubbock, TX where, together, they ran the Llano Cubano food truck. Recently, she returned to Barrington to care for her parents.

She enjoyed photography, crafting, reading, gardening, and spending time as “Tu Tu” with her loving granddaughter.

She is survived by a son, John H. Gendron and his wife Lyndsi of Lakeland, FL; a granddaughter Pepper Lucia Gendron; a sister, Carolyn Collins and her partner Duffy Doiron of Barrington along with a niece, Peri Cianchette and a nephew, Asa Cianchette; a brother, Patrick Collins and his wife Yue Ling Chung of Barrington along with a nephew Derrick Chung and nieces Amelia and Avery Collins; and her four-legged companions Boo and Brody.

A private service will be held at United Methodist Church in Barrington and a private graveside burial will be held in Forest Chapel Cemetery in Barrington. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.

Should friends desire, memorial donations in Marilyn’s name may be made to Providence Animal Rescue League or Providence Inner City Arts (PICA).

A Celebration of Marilyn’s Life will be held on a date and time to be announced.

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  1. I went to college with Marilyn. She was such a nice, kind, fun friend. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. The Collins family have been friends for many years. Kind of spirit, Marilyn’s engaging smile was always present. She’s been a wonderful daughter to Harry and Skooky and we were so glad when she came home to be with them. We are saddened by her sudden passing and she will be missed by all who knew her.

  3. My condolences to the Collin’s family & friends. I was fortunate to have known Marilyn with her beautiful smile and loving heart ❤️ May she rest peacefully.🙏🙏Thoughts and prayers from 🦊

  4. Marilyn was a gentle soul with a smile for everyone she met, making all feel welcome. Such a great loss for humanity and our class.

  5. Loved you from the moment I met you, like so many others. Peace & comfort to your family.

  6. My heart filled with joy whenever I saw you. You were the sweetest person. 💔

  7. This is such sad news. Marilyn was always a delight to be around; very special, one of a kind. She will be missed and remembered with great affection.

  8. Sending my deepest sympathies to Marilyn’s family and loved ones. We met at Nicanees and became friends easily. I’ve thought of her, wishing her well and hoping she’d return home to RI. So sad.

  9. Marilyn was such a kind person. I cannot remember ever seeing her in a bad mood, or saying a negative comment about someone. She will be sorely missed.

  10. Marilyn was a wonderful person. I recall her consoling me after the passing of my sister. Will always remember her with great affection. Condolences to her family.

  11. I’ve known marilyn for a long time. We met in a ceramics class in high school. She was a beautiful friend. I will miss her and think of her often

  12. Our condolences to the family. Marilyn was wonderful friend. We have since moved away from RI but have very fond memories of Marilyn. Much love. Carl & Tory

  13. I am so sad to hear this !

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