AUBURN — Marilyn Ann Dare Stevenson, 86, passed away peacefully in the arms of loved ones on the morning of Oct. 8, 2018.
Born in Auburn on Nov. 18, 1931 to lifelong Auburn residents, Harold Dare and Ethel Farrington Dare, owners of Dare Radio, she graduated from Auburn Central High in 1950 where she was lead drum majorette. On Sept. 9, 1950, she married James Herbert Stevenson from Weedsport. They recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Together they raised four children living at times in Weedsport, Geneva, Apalachin, Vestal and Camillus. Through the years Marilyn occasionally worked part-time as a waitress, bookkeeper, and real estate agent and loved to play golf with friends. Since 1986 they have resided in Weedsport and wintered in Palm Bay, Fla. Most of all though she was an adored wife, mother and grandmother. She was the heart and soul of the family and will be sorely missed by all.
In addition to her parents, Marilyn was predeceased by brother, Robert Edwin Dare, of Auburn; daughter, Diane Marie Corey, of Boulder, Colo.; son, Richard Dare Stevenson, of Vestal; grandson, Damon Scott Corey, of Johnson City; niece, Cathy Dare Mancini, and nephew, Kenneth Dare, both of Auburn.
She is survived by her beloved husband, James Herbert Stevenson; son, James Curtis Stevenson, of Palm Bay, Fla.; daughter, Cheryl Lynn Files (Philip), of Weedsport; daughter-in-law, Debra Ackert Stevenson, of Vestal; grandchildren, Chad Derek Corey, of Rossville, Ga., Justin Steven and Jeslyn Dare Files, of Weedsport, and James Robert and Jaclyn Patsy Stevenson, of Vestal; great-granddaughter, Liz Corey Trafzert (Jeff), of Apalachin; great-great-granddaughter, Zoey Marie Trafzert, of Apalachin; and nephews, Steven (Mary) Dare, of Auburn, and John (Marsha) Dare, of Port Byron.
Special thanks to her dedicated daughter, Cheryl Lynn Files, who lovingly cared for her mother in the past year plus.
Private graveside services will be held in Weedsport Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Weedsport United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Funeral arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home of Weedsport.