Marilyn Lannette McClain, of Panama City, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 in Bay Medical Sacred Heart Hospital after a short fight against mantle cell lymphoma.

Born in Bay County on August 2, 1941 to Robert and Ruth Rabon, Marilyn earned her diploma and certification after raising her children and was an excellent CNA and caregiver who worked until shortly before her death. Known for her generosity and spirit, she encouraged education as a literacy volunteer and was among the founders of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association before its incorporation. She was a steadfast Christian who was devoted to her family and friends and was an avid bluegrass and gospel music fan and singer.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Bruce (Allecia) McClain, of Mobile, Alabama; Scott (Missy) McClain, of Eastpoint, and Angel McClain, of Defuniak Springs; her grandchildren, Megan McClain, of Eastpoint, Jordan McClain, of Mobile, Alabama, and Amber McClain, of Paxton; great-grandson, Conner McClain, of Paxton; and her sisters Alice (Richard) Lee of Orlando, Betty Ruth Rabon, of Orlando, and Annece (Harry) Lewis, of Highland Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Earl Thomas McClain, and their son Robert Irving McClain; and her brothers Bobby, Jimmy, David and Billy Rabon,

The viewing was at 2 p.m. with the funeral service following at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at Highland Park Community Church of Apalachicola. Interment was at Magnolia Cemetery, alongside her late husband.

Kelley Funeral Home is assisting the family in all arrangements.