Marilyn Burel

Marilyn Jean Burel

Feb 24, 1944 - Jan 1, 2020
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Her journey...

Life for Mrs. Marilyn Jean Peppers Burel began on February 24, 1944. With her twin sister, Carolyn, she was born in New York City, NY to Wilford and Mildred Simpson (Harris) Peppers. She entered into eternal rest on January 1, 2020.

At the age of five, she and her family moved to her Mother's hometown of Toledo, OH. There, she attended Roosevelt Elementary, Robinson Junior High and graduated as a member of the Class of 1962 from Jesup W. Scott High School. "Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog!"

Marilyn continued her studies as an Education Major at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. After her time at BGSU, she gained employment with Ohio Bell in Fremont, OH. Later, she began a twenty-five year tenure with First Energy (formerly Toledo Edison), retiring in 1993. After her initial retirement, she returned to the workforce in administration roles with Toledo Engineering and then St. James Holiness COGIC – "The Armory".

Marilyn was united in marriage to Ronald E. Burel on April 3, 1965. From this union three children were born: Saundra, David and R. Anthony. Marilyn dearly loved her family and enjoyed pampering them with her infectious sense of humor, amazing cooking and joyful personality. Interestingly, doing the family's laundry was therapeutic to her. In addition, she thoroughly enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as she spent them traveling with family.

Marilyn received Christ at an early age. Her faith walk of more than 65 years was manifest in her serving in various ministry roles at the churches she attended throughout her lifetime; Greater St. James COGIC, St. James Holiness COGIC, Abundant Life Ministries, and Perfecting Church Toledo (PCT). At the time of her passing, under the leadership of Bishop-Elect Marvin L. Winans, she served as a member of the Mother's Board at PCT.

Marilyn was an avid lover of Gospel music and enjoyed ministering through songs. Consequently, she served as a member of the Adult Choir at St. James Holiness COGIC, where she cherished the inspirational leadership of her spiritual Father, the late Bishop William M. James. In addition, she joined the Toledo Interfaith Choir, under the direction of the late Dr. Derrick Roberts. She also enjoyed the weekly fellowship with the ladies of the Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).

Despite many health issues, Marilyn fought the good fight of faith. Twice, she was healed from Lymphoma cancer. During her cancer treatments as well as throughout her life, she witnessed to and encouraged many.
Known to many as "Mom Burel," Marilyn was warmly affectionate and unselfishly shared her loving heart.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of fifty-four years, Ronald; daughter, Saundra (Ronald) Smith, (Newport News, VA); sons, David (Alpharetta, GA) and R. Anthony (Los Angeles, CA); sister, Carolyn (James) Clemons (Grand Blanc, MI), niece Carmen Clemons (Columbus, OH); sisters in-love, Cynthia & Constance Burel (Greensboro, NC); Sharon (Glenn) Aaron (Columbus, OH); brothers in-love, CJ (Delores) Burel (Fremont, OH); and Tony (Frankie) Burel (Columbus, OH); beloved granddaughter, Brooklyn Burel, honorary "grandchildren" Ariel Richardson, and Aliya Flowers, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, spiritual children and friends.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    January 10, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    January 10, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    2550 Nebraska Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
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  • Second Visitation

    January 11, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    January 11, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Worship Center
    2210 Collingwood
    Toledo, oh
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  • Service

    January 11, 2020 | 12:00pm
    January 11, 2020 12:00pm
    Worship Center
    2210 Collingwood
    Toledo, oh
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Bishop Elect Marvin L. Winans
    Dr. Biship Pat Mckinstry

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Posted at 06:15pm
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. Sello Lyons and Family
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Lorna McKinstry

Posted at 02:45pm
Always a kind and Godly word and a loving heart. You will be missed.
Lorna McKinstry & John Lewis III
Fremont, Ohio

Gwendolyn E.March Jones

Posted at 08:52am
May your heart find comfort knowing that your love one is at home with the Lord
Love Gwendolyn E.March Jones & Family

Betty Harris

Posted at 07:42am
A Journey Remembered
As some people journey through life, they leave footprints wherever they go--footprints of kindness and love, courage and compassion, humor and inspiration, joy and faith. Even when they're gone, we can still look back and clearly see the trail they left behind-- a trail bright with hope that invites us to follow.
With Much Sympathy
Williamson, Watkins, Washington, and Harris Families

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Posted at 09:37am
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