Marilyn G. White, 87, our beloved Mother, Nana, and friend to all that met her, took leave of our world peacefully from Wheeling, WV on December 27, 2022 surrounded by loving family.
Her legacy of a Life Well Lived is reflected in her devoted family, countless friends, and professional colleagues whose lives are richer for having known her. Marilyn will forever be remembered for her impeccable character, compassion and accepting spirit. Her family was the center of her universe and she dedicated herself to each of them. Her love of life reflected in her beautiful smile and quick wit brought joy to those in both her personal and professional life. She gave of herself with unwavering strength and uncommon grace having a diverse medical nursing background in both clinical and administrative health care. Her first degree was received in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and she continued her education here in WV with a long and successful career doing what came naturally to her-helping others. Appointed and reappointed by Governors Cecil
Underwood, Bob Wise, Joe Manchin, Earl Ray Tomblin, and Jim Justice, she served consecutive terms on West Virginia’s Health Care Authority where she helped champion legislation with the goal of providing accessible, affordable, and comprehensive health care to all West Virginians. Marilyn loved and contributed to her community throughout her years serving her church, countless school activities including PTA, Home Room Mother, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and countless boards and commissions for the enrichment of the community. In chronological order, being first a mother, then a Nurse and finally a Nana and great grandmother, these were the rewards she was most grateful for.
Born to the late, Lawrence J. Gorman and Marie A. Baustert, Marilyn is preceded in death by her beloved daughter Lori White Tunnell and her cherished granddaughter, Katie White, brothers Paul and Robert Gorman, Stepmother Eddie Bullard, and Stepfather John Bullard.
Left to hold dear her memory are her two sons, L. Gil White of Wheeling, WV and Richard (Rose) White of Summit New Jersey and daughter Renee (Howard) Slaff of Delaware, granddaughters Taylor Tunnell from Tulsa Oklahoma and Lauren White of Summit New Jersey, Rachel Slaff of Delaware, grandson Zackery Tunnell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and her three great grandchildren Nathan Tunnell, Sofia Tunnell and Colton Tunnell all from Tulsa Oklahoma, sister Judy (Dr. Robert) Bell from Portland, Oregon, numerous nieces and nephews as well as countless friends too many to mention by name. In her instructions to her children, she wrote she was the luckiest mother in the world for being blessed with the most wonderful and loving children, it is they who feel blessed beyond their worth for having had her and miss her presence unbelievably.
A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be forthcoming in Wheeling during her favorite season, Spring, beginning with a Catholic Mass at St. Michael’s on Saturday May 6 th , 2023 with friends received at 10:00 a.m. followed by Mass at 11:00 a.m.Immediately following all are invited to Stratford Springs to celebrate our amazing mothers legacy with lunch, cocktails and following her directive for music accompaniment will include the Wheeling Symphony String Quartet.
In lieu of flowers, the family honors her wishes for donations to be made in her memory to Catholic Charities of West Virginia, The Oglebay Foundation in Wheeling WV, or a charity of your choice.
We shall not cry because she is gone, but smile because she was.
On-line condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com