Marilyn G. White

June 24, 1935 - December 27, 2022

06/24/1935 - 12/27/2022

Past Services

Funeral Service
Saturday May 06, 2023
11:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church
Wheeling, WV 26003
Memorial gathering
10:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church
Wheeling, WV 26003

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.

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.

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Amanda Deskins
1 year ago

Prayers for you and your family, Gil, surrounding this time of loss. I pray for comfort for you all. My deepest sympathies.

Christina Duffy
1 year ago

I was so sad to hear of your Mother’s passing. Gil, you are in my prayers for Gods peace that passes all understanding. You are a good son and your Mom adored you. May her memory be a blessing.

Healy Baumgardner
1 year ago

Marylyn White was a dear friend and ambassador from the old school. She was a constant delight and my memories of her are full of laughter and wisdom. May the Lord bring comfort to her family and all of us who loved her—as I am confident she is at his right hand in Heaven. RIP ❤️🙏

Jean Holloway
1 year ago

Dearest Gil and family.
Iam so sorry to hear about your mothers passing over the holiday.
It was evident how much you loved her , as you shared her with all. She was a beautiful lady. My deepest sympathy to your family. Rest assured she with our Lord and savior in his Kingdom. May God cover your family with healing and prayers for you all are loved.

Sandy Duvall
1 year ago

Dear Gil & family – having worked with your Mother, she was one special lady and nurse. Sending prayers that your memories of good times comfort you.

Patrick Kelly
1 year ago

Marilyn had a wonderful spirit. I enjoyed seeing her at the Health Care Authority and catching up on all things Wheeling. We were all blessed by having her as part of our lives.

John Kepner
1 year ago

Marilyn was very special to Claudia and me. We got to know her and her incredible family through Gil and there was never a dull moment. Sometimes I wonder how any of us survived as we sipped Vodka and laughed our way through our friendship. She always, always !! greeted us with her beautiful smile and a warm hug. Rest in peace dear friend.

Annita and Bill Lanham
1 year ago

Gil, My heart goes out to you for the loss of your mother. I hope the wonderful memories will help you through this difficult time. Sending healing love and prayers to you and your family.

Kurt and Cathy Krieger
1 year ago

Gil, God’s peace and love to you and your family. You are blessed to have had such a wonderful mother, and she was blessed to have you. Cherish that as I know you will. Love, Kurt, Cathy and girls.

Carmina Renedo
1 year ago

Gil. I am so sorry because I know how much you loved her and will miss. My heart breaks for you. I so remember her grace and beautiful smile. Hugs to you my friend