February 20, 2022
Marilyn Patton Willoughby age 69 of Alexandria, TN passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, February 18th after a 9-year struggle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. Mrs. Willoughby was born on July 13, 1952 in Watertown, TN to her parents, the late Virginia and Charles Patton. In addition to being the most loving wife and mother; spending 33 years teaching children at Watertown Elementary; and serving as a dedicated member of Alexandria First Baptist Church, Marilyn was an exceptional, wildly talented, compassionate, hilarious, bold, creative, and outright wonderful woman who made everyone around her feel special and loved. She taught us to hold hope high, to love Jesus, to sing whenever possible, and to be kind to one another. Her piano melodies and joyous laughter will be dearly missed, but we have comfort in the knowledge that after years of suffering, she is once again her true self – absent from the body and present with the Lord. Survivors include her loving, devoted husband: Mark Brady Willoughby; 3 Children: Amanda Corley, Brittany (Andrew) Dixon, Luke (Amanda Falk) Willoughby; 1 grandson: David Andrew Dixon II; 3 Siblings: Perry (Dot) Patton, Sharon (Raymond McCord) Patton, Celeste (John) Whaley. Sister-in-law Pat (JC) Allen. Nieces and Nephews: Rachel (Louis Becker) Patton McCord, Andrew (Rebecca) Whaley, Terrie Patton, Holly (Lucus) Bain and a number of great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a nephew, Charles Patton. Visitation will be Sunday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Monday at First Baptist Church Alexandria from 11:00 am until the funeral at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Masks are required at both the visitation and funeral services. The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to Rosea Young and Avalon Hospice of Lebanon nurses Erin Wright, Kassie Strain, Wynde White, and especially Lena Wright who have helped care for Mrs. Willoughby during her last years.