Marion Edward Millender

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 03:02 PM.

Marion Edward Millender was born Nov. 11, 1920, one of 10 children born to Marion Francis and Willie Mae Millender, in Carrabelle. Marion left this world for a Heavenly world on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.

Marion is preceded in death by his loving and faithful wife OnaMae Mary and one daughter Patricia Lynn. He is also preceded in death by his parents Marion Francis and Willie Mae, and six brothers Hollis, J.C., Earnest, Otis, Bert, Will, and one sister Edna.

Marion is survived by two sons, Michael Edward and Patrick Kirby (Era Mae) and three daughters Mary Theresa Crosby (Frankie Paul), Karen Marie Richard (James Howard), and Melissa Josephine Creamer (George Buckley); 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and two brothers Fred Charles Millender, Eastpoint, and Howard Francis Millender , Crystal Beach, Texas.

When Marion was a young man he grew up during the Depression era and it took all of the young children to work to help his parents make ends meet. At an early age he and his brothers began mullet fishing and crabbing. They helped out in any way to survive through those tough years.

Marion served in World War II from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945 in the 793rd Field Artillery Battalion. He was a Heavy Artillery Gun Crewman 845. He served time in France and Germany. He was discharged with honors and received the Medal of Good Conduct and the World War II Victory Medal.

During the war he sent money home to his family and they purchased land in Eastpoint in 1942. When he returned home from the war, he held some jobs, but he then concentrated on being an oysterman and fisherman.

His brothers were great musicians and they played at all of the local juke joints. Marion went along and called the square dances. It was during that time that he met the love of his life. He fell deeply in love with a beautiful and petite angel. He liked to say that she swept him off of his feet and he told her that she was going to be his wife. They had a strong loving relationship and made a big family and were strong, loving, and caring parents.

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