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Marlene Joanne (Hill) Edwards


Marlene Joanne Edwards, age 81, of Colchester, passed away into the arms of the Lord on June 4, 2020 at Hartford Hospital, with her loving children by her side.  Born in Ishpeming City, MI in 1938; she was a daughter of the late Eugene and Ellie (Kaminen) Hill.  After high school, Marlene earned a degree in nursing from the Augustana Nursing School in Chicago and worked as a registered nurse for a short time.  She married her beloved husband, Rev. Doran J. Edwards on September 5, 1959.  The couple embarked on a journey of faith and love for the Lord, moving to Colchester where they started the Colchester Bible Baptist Church on Chestnut Hill Road, where she remained a member for 52 years.  Marlene was a true steward of her faith, organizing and leading women’s Bible study, teaching Sunday school, outreach to the Colchester community, and joining with prayer groups.  She loved music and singing songs of faith, hope and love to worship God.  Marlene will be remembered fondly for her sweet smile, and as a loving woman who happily devoted her life to her Savior and Lord, to her family, and to her community. She will be missed dearly but remembered with love by her children and their spouses, Carole Edwards, of Colchester, David (Kathy) Edwards of Summerville, SC, Debbie (Tony) Wiggins of Pauline, SC, Diane (Randy) Oliver of Colchester; fourteen grandchildren, David, Jessica, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Annalee, Caleb, Timothy, Kate, Frank, Jeffrey, Philip, Matthew, Connor, Alexa; one great grandchild, Lillee; a brother, James (Ruth) Hill of MI, sister Elaine (Doug) Kari of MI; and numerous extended family members and friends. Marlene will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband in Linwood Cemetery, Colchester.  A family graveside burial service will be held on Monday, June 8th.  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced.  The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with care of arrangements.  Donations in her memory may be made to Marlene’s Memorial Fund at Colchester Bible Baptist church, 38 Chestnut Hill Rd., Colchester CT 06415.  For online condolences, please visit

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Edward's Graveside Service

Linwood Cemetery
235 Linwood Cemetery Road
Colchester, CT 06415


Marlene’s Memorial Fund Marlene’s Memorial Fund at Colchester Bible Baptist church
38 Chestnut Hill Road, Colchester CT 06415

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