Marilyn Thomasset

September 1, 1932 ~ December 23, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Marilyn Thomasset Obituary

Marilyn “Lyn” Thomasset, a beloved mother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully at
the age of 91. Born in Springville, Nova Scotia, Canada, she was the loving daughter of Roland
and Ada Cooke of Springville, Nova Scotia.
A dedicated mother, Lyn leaves behind her daughter, Laurie Thomasset, and son-in-law, John
Gleason, with whom she lived in White Plains for the past 15 years, and who brought great joy
to her life.
Lyn’s ex-husband and Laurie’s father, Robert Thomasset, predeceased her.
Lyn is also survived by her loving sister, Laurilla “Rilla” Hickert, (predeceased brother-in-law
Bruce Hickert), her nephew Vaughn and nieces Cindy, Coleen, Allison, and all their families
living in California and Idaho. She also leaves behind countless devoted cousins, relatives, and
dedicated friends.
Lyn’s young life was spent in the rural village of Springville. She and her sister grew up on their
parents’ small farm on a mountain with no running water, no electricity, and only an outhouse.
They shared a multiple party-line telephone system and walked two miles to and from the local
one-room schoolhouse.
Lyn attended nursing school and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She moved to Queens, NY
after reaching out to an aunt and uncle who sponsored her emigration to work in the nursing
field there. While living in Queens, she joined a local church youth group and met the Wardell
family who became the loving foundation for her entire young adult life and beyond.

After getting married and making her home in Crestwood as a full-time mom, she became a Girl
Scout leader and joined Asbury United Methodist Church, where she was a proud member of
the choir and the church community.
Lyn had incredible artistic talent and took many painting lessons. She dabbled in oil paints,
charcoal, whittling and pottery. Also a talented seamstress, she became a teacher at Stretch &
Sew in Hartsdale, where she taught for many years and volunteered at various Senior Centers in
Yonkers giving sewing lessons. Later, Lyn was the store manager of the Penny Pincher thrift
shop in Tuckahoe.
After retiring, Lyn purchased a small summer cottage in Moody Cove overlooking Pictou Harbor
in Nova Scotia, only miles from where she grew up. There she hosted many guests and had
famous happy hours for family and friends in the close-knit neighborhood. It was during these
years that Lyn rekindled old friendships from her childhood and spent much time with her first
cousin and best friend, Virginia “Dinny” Garrett.
Lyn will be missed by all who knew her. She was compassionate and accepted everyone with an
open heart, open arms, and a big smile. She was a kind and thoughtful soul to people she knew
and to perfect strangers. She loved her family and her friends dearly. She had a resounding
appreciation for life itself and brought joy and laughter to everyone around her. We are so
blessed to have known and loved Lyn.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 27 th at 12:00 p.m. at Asbury United
Methodist Church in Tuckahoe, NY. Following the service all are welcome to join us for lunch at
The Wicked Wolf North Restaurant in Tuckahoe, NY. A livestream of the Service will be
accessible on the Church’s website:
Donations in honor of Marilyn Thomasset can be made to Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY or Paws
Crossed Animal Rescue, Elmsford, NY.

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Memorial Service
January 27, 2024

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Asbury United Methodist Church
167 Scarsdale rd
Tuckahoe, NY 10707


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