Colchester, VT - After a long battle with Parkinson's disease, Marilyn C. Hyde peacefully passed away at her home in Colchester VT on Jan 14, 2021 with her family at her side.
Marilyn was born November 5th, 1948, in Rutland VT, to Irene and Earl Cook.
She grew up in Pittsfield, VT and went to Whitcomb HS in Bethel. After high school, having wanted to be a physical therapist (PT) ever since she was young, Marilyn attended the University of Connecticut for two years before moving back to marry her love Paul Hyde on June 9th, 1968 in Pittsfield VT.
Less than a year later, Paul entered the U.S. Army, and Marilyn joined him in El Paso, TX where he was stationed. Upon their return in 1971, they returned to Essex Jct, VT, which they called home for almost all of their nearly 53 years together. Marilyn completed her studies at the University of Vermont, earning degrees in Physical Therapy and Zoology. She went on to practice physical therapy for the next 9 years at the Mary Fletcher Hospital.
In 1984, after the arrival of her sons Damon and Ethan, Marilyn stopped her PT work to focus on raising her family. She loved her sons, and did everything she could to assist with their goals. From ski races to soccer games, and the occasional (or perhaps frequent) help with their newspaper delivery routes, Marilyn was a dedicated mother.
Marilyn always had multiple projects occupying her free time. She loved both indoor and outdoor gardening, and maintained a large vegetable garden, multiple berry patches, and a host of flower beds and indoor plants to decorate. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, quilting, and collecting cookie jars. She was a voracious reader until Parkinson's damaged her sight. She section-hiked the VT Long Trail in the 70's, was an accomplished alpine skier, and took great joy in the family's multiple cross country camping trips. She enjoyed socializing with friends, and joined a group that met monthly for food and crafts for over 30 years.
Marilyn participated in exercise classes provided by the “Vermont Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association” (APDA VT CHAPTER). Before the Pandemic these were physical group meetings with exercise led by PTs from the APDA VT CHAPTER. In 2020 they were Zoom classes with exercise led by the PTs. Marilyn attended these Zoom classes until mid December 2020.
Marilyn leaves behind her spouse Paul, her sons Damon and Ethan (sp. Vanessa), her brothers Ray, Chip, and Lanny (sp. Vicky), sisters Charlene (sp. Paul) Eldridge, Carol (sp. Shawn) Morse, and Nancy (sp. Keith) Voyer, sister in law Judy (sp. Carl) Curtis, brothers in law Mark (sp. Peggy) Hyde and Tom (sp. Jerri) Hyde, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Marilyn will be cremated, and her ashes scattered by her family in a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to “American Parkinson Disease Association Vermont Chapter” would be highly appreciated.