Marilyn Hope Motts, 71, wife of Leon T. Motts, passed onto her dearly beloved Lord and Savior on Monday January 23, 2023.
Marilyn, oldest of six children, was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Arnold and Mary Tallant. She resided with her husband in Greenville, South Carolina.
She goes ahead of her grieving family members to meet our Lord. She is survived by her husband Leon Motts of Greenville, SC. Daughter Jessica Houghton (spouse Kelvin) of Charlotte, NC. Son Tate Motts (spouse Julie) of Greer, SC and four grandchildren, Martin Houghton, Caroline Houghton, Julia Hope and Trace Motts. She also is survived by her mother, Mary Louise Tallant, siblings Joy Busch (spouse Jonathan), Catherine Tallant, Judy Baggett (spouse Steve), and Tommy Tallant, all residing in Virginia, and Rebecca Mani (spouse Patrick) residing in California.
She was a guiding light, loving companion, and best friend to her husband Leon through their 50 years of life shared together. Marilyn was a devout Christian and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greenville, SC. She was a friend and inspiration to all she met. She solely cherished and loved her family, husband, children, grandchildren, and friends.
Poem to mom by daughter Jessica Houghton:
…faster, faster, there you go
running, can’t reach you
all the world spins for us
and right now, I just want
to stop and hear your voice
remember time is golden in truth
I can reach out beyond the sea
to a land of waterless trees
to a place of aging thrones
missing kings and queens
but it means nothing without you
do I know how to hear you
I do know, by the grace of God
I can hear you, I hear your
memories of you now rising up
singing in the car, laughing out loud
forever being kind, a listening ear
can I believe you’re gone, no
but I will play along until
I reach you again in heaven
imagine walking in that ocean
Thank you for always being there for our family – for always praying for us, taking care of us, and loving us unconditionally. You will always be my angel in Heaven, and I will love you always.
Your loving son, Tate.
To my dear Marilyn, wife, sweetheart, companion, anchor, and best friend. No volume of words can express how deeply I love you and miss you. You were my rock, and you loved me unconditionally throughout all our years. Your presence will forever be embedded in my soul only a touch and whisper away.
Your loving husband
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