Marilyn Lee Sanchez

Died: April 24, 2020
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Marilyn Lee Sanchez was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 1958 to Mary Ellen Payne and Frank Lee. Marilyn was baptized at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. She grew up in the Mt. Pleasant community of Cleveland surrounded by loving family and friends. Marilyn enjoyed music, movies, shopping, animals and reading, just to name a few of her interests. She had a thirst for learning which was constant throughout her life. She was an avid reader and she had the uncanny ability for remembering distant events with amazing detail.

Marilyn attended Robert Fulton Elementary School, Alexander Hamilton Junior High School and she ultimately graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. Following graduation from high school, Marilyn worked in retail at Higbee’s department store in downtown Cleveland and later at Davis Bakery. Several years later, she was blessed with the birth of Angelita (Angie) Sanchez on March 22, 1988. Marilyn was a devoted and loving mother to Angie. They shared and incredible mother-daughter relationship and an unbreakable bond. Marilyn was so proud of Angie from her childhood years until the present.

Marilyn enrolled in Cuyahoga Community College where she received a Dental Assistant’s certificate in 1990 and subsequently graduated in 1996 with an Associate of Arts degree. She wanted to pursue a career in Social Work, however, her plans changed when she was diagnosed with cancer. Despite the diagnosis, she continued to nurture and guide Angie through life. Marilyn was especially proud when Angie also graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with a degree in Applied Business Administration. Subsequently, Angie became certified as a Medical Billing Specialist.

Marilyn embodied the meaning of strength and courage as she battled cancer for many years. Throughout the years of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, Marilyn was steadfast in her optimism and outlook on life. The example she set was truly an inspiration to her family and friends. Over the past year, her health began to decline and she entered Hospice several months ago. On April 24, 2020, she lost her battle with cancer and passed peacefully with Angie at her side. Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Angie Sanchez, her husband, Brandon Mason, 1st cousins, Michele Freeman of Seal Beach, California and Jon Freeman of Beachwood, Ohio as well as other cousins, extended family (Michael Smith, Diana Woods, the late David Woods, Brittani Woods and Rachel Woods) as well as a host of other friends.

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Died: April 24, 2020

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Diane Lane Scott posted on 6/1/20

So glad I got to know Marilyn. Fondly remember the family gatherings she attended. Enjoyed her opinions when we all sat around and chatted. She is at peace after a long and courageous battle. Michele and Jon - Her memory will live on through all of us. Extending sympathy and love!! Diane


Angelo posted on 5/3/20

Angie, It is with heavy hearts that we grieve along with you for your Mom who was top notch in every category in what she believed in and what she represented. We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers. We are here for you always. Love, Dad and Christine


Angelo posted on 5/3/20

Angie, our hearts are heavy with grief and we mourn along with you for a mother that you knew was top notch in the things that she stood for and believed in. And believe this, she will always and forever be in our thoughts and prayers. We are here for you. Love, Dad and Christine


George Morton posted on 5/2/20

In memory of Marilyn Lee Sanchez, George Morton lit a candle


Diana Woods posted on 5/1/20

To Angie, and the entire family, my deepest condolences. We were blessed to have sweet Marilyn in our lives. I’m happy we shared a lifelong friendship. I’m happy she now resting with our Lord in peace. God bless you all. I pray he will give you comfort at this difficult time. Diana


Linda Williams posted on 4/30/20

So sorry for your loss she was a beautiful person asking God to carry you through your time of needs. In Jesus amen


Angelita Virola Bostick posted on 4/30/20

Dear Lita, Our hearts, thoughts and comfort are sent your way. As difficult as it is experiencing the loss of your Mom, it's the memories of Marilyn's devotion, love and strength that will get you through the days and years ahead. You co-anchored every battle she faced during her illness and can now find peace in knowing that you both gave your all, the battle is done and serenity is the path ahead. Little Sister, May God Bless you, Brandon and the rest of your family. Know that Brian and I are here for you and look forward to giving you a big hug. Much Love Always!


Maurice Morton posted on 4/30/20

In memory of Marilyn Lee Sanchez, Maurice Morton lit a candle


Timothy & Glindia James posted on 4/30/20

Sorry to here of your loss... my prayers are with you, and my God peace be with you. The James Family,


Elijah posted on 4/30/20

Condolences from Elijah Brooks and family


Michelle Brooks posted on 4/30/20

My sincere condolences are being sent your way in the lost of your mother. May you keep the loving memories embed0ded in your ❤ heart forever. The heavens, have gained a beautiful angel 🙏


LuzseleniaVirola posted on 4/29/20

You were a kind and gentle lady. I enjoyed the trips and dinners I had with you. I admire your strength and the qualities you have instilled in my sister. All My Love, Luci