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Obituary: Marilynn Blaisdell

Marilynn Blaisdell, a longtime resident of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Orange, CT died Wednesday, February 8, 2017 after a short illness.  Born in 1927 in St. Petersburg, FL, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.  She taught art in the Detroit, MI Public Schools.

Marilynn was a gifted artist and well known for her flower arranging and horticultural designs.  She was a Master Flower Show Judge and was very active in a number of local Garden Clubs and the Landscape Design Critics Counsel.  She was a member of the Algonquin Club, Milford Yacht Club and the Navy League.  She enjoyed playing bridge and was active in the condo association.

She is survived by her son, James Doyle; daughter, Andrea Doyle Baxter; grandchildren, Henry and Conan Baxter; brother, Richard Beyer; and cousins, Cathleen Robinson and Gwen Nunes.  She was predeceased by her husbands, Robert Doyle and Durwood Blaisdell.

Funeral arrangements were in the capable hands of the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.  Interment was at the Orange Center Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society online at,, or by mail at, 38 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854.  To leave online condolences, please visit

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