Marilyn Virginia Byrnes Healy
Marilyn Virginia Byrnes Healy, age 93, ascended to heaven on August 1st, 2023. A resident of Davie, Florida, Marilyn was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent most of her childhood and young adult life in Miami Beach and her adult life in Miami. Marilyn was the oldest daughter, born to Alice Byrnes and David Byrnes, and attended St. Patrick Catholic School in Miami Beach with her sisters Alice and Carole. She graduated from Barry University in Miami and married John “Jack” Dennis Healy in 1951. While starting a family, Marilyn taught Physical Education at her alma mater, St. Patrick Catholic School, and coached the women’s basketball team. She would later teach at an elementary school, entered the lighting industry's business sector, and eventually became the CEO of a family start-up, Marina Power Company. However, her greatest accomplishment was that of a mother of 8 beautiful children, Timothy, Kathleen, Suzanne, Robert, Patricia, Maureen, Theresa, and Marilyn. This tight-knit Irish Catholic family remained in Miami for decades, and eventually, all moved together to the West Broward area, which made Marilyn extremely happy.
Family was everything to Marilyn; she was always surrounded by her sisters, her children, grandchildren, and eventually great-grandchildren. But her friends were just as much family, and she was the binding factor that kept many of them together. Her childhood friends and classmates from St. Pat’s remained her closest friends throughout her life, and she fostered those friendships by chairing yearly school reunions and alumni events. Everyone knew that when Marilyn called, it was time to pack a suitcase and return to Miami Beach to gather together for a good time.
She spent most of the year shopping for Christmas; she loved catalogs and finding the right thing everyone needed, even though they didn’t know they needed it. Nothing brought her more joy than a sea of packages spread so far and wide on Christmas morning that you couldn’t see the floor. This was Marilyn in a snapshot.
She was devoted in many ways, as a Mother, a Sister, a Friend to so many, an Aunt, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and Matriarch of the Family. Her laugh was infectious, her wit sometimes dangerous, her giving nature admirable, and her devotion undeniable.
Marilyn is survived by her children Timothy, Kathleen, Suzanne (Paul) Yarber, Maureen (Earl) Wray, Theresa (John) Fernandez, Marilyn (Jose) Iglesias, sisters Alice Wilson and Carole Czvekus, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew, four great-nephews, and one great-niece. She is predeceased by her husband Jack, son Robert, daughter Patricia, niece Mary Kay, and angel granddaughter Casey.
Services will be held on the following days/times and locations:
Wake service at T.M. Ralph Funeral Home
371 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise, Fl 33325
Sunday, August 13th, 2023, from 2:00-6:00 pm
Mass at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
1301 SW 136th Ave, Davie, Fl 33325
Monday, August 14th, 2023, 11:00am
Burial service at Caballero Rivero Southern Memorial Park
15000 W. Dixie Hwy, North Miami, Fl 33181
Tuesday, August 15th, 2023, 11:00am