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Buffington, Marlene

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November 1, 1956 - April 2, 2014

Buffington, Marlene

Marlene K. Buffington, 57, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, died peacefully and gently in her home on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, after a brave battle with lung cancer.

She was born on November 1, 1956, in Denver City, Texas.  She is survived by her husband, John Furlong, of Lewisville, Texas; her mother, Betty Stevens, and stepfather, Frant, of Sanger, Texas; her daughter, Erica Buffington, of Mooresville, North Carolina; her sister, Janet Harvey, and husband Ron, of Denton, Texas; her brother, Darrell Stevens, and wife, Cathy Bernoski, of Farmers Branch, Texas; her niece, Morgan Neely, and husband, Michael, of Denton, Texas; her niece, Erin Clarke, and husband, Christopher, of Denton, Texas; her niece, Ashlyn Stevens, of Farmers Branch, Texas; her niece, Mallory Stevens, of Krum, Texas; one great nephew and two great nieces.

Marlene was a long time resident of Lewisville, Texas, where she lived for nearly 30 years.  She worked as an accountant in Dallas, Texas, for many years.  When she retired, she became a small business owner and ran an online company that catered to the miniatures community for 10+ years.

She enjoyed traveling around the world, spending time outdoors, and working with miniature art and dolls houses.

Please celebrate her life at a memorial service Friday, April 11, 2014, 2:00 pm, Aria Memorial Chapel, 9310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252, 214-306-6700.  Honorary contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Diana Johnson

June 07, 2014 8:38AM

Marlene, my incredible Sister-in-law, you were quite simply an inspiration. The strongest and most fascinating woman I have ever met. You are missed every minute of the day by the hearts you touched all over the world. We will remember you always. Love from Diana, Matt, Aiden & George

Sandra Palesch

April 30, 2014 3:56PM

Dear Marlene, I'm so grateful we had the chance to become friends. You've enriched my life and the lives of everyone who knew you immeasurably. The miniature world lost a great ambassador but heaven has gained one fine angel. Until we meet again rest in peace and serenity, my friend.

Miracle Chicken

April 29, 2014 11:20PM

Dear friend Marlene, I thank you for so much in the mini world, just sold Hitty #22 I owe it all to you! Sometimes I think I must have had a bad dream it can't be real, but it is. I will never forget you---

John Furlong

April 28, 2014 11:32PM

Marlene, You have taken half of my heart with you, to heaven. You were my beautiful wife, and a wonderful mother — I miss you every single minute of the day. I cannot wait until we are united again.

Bertie Pittman

April 25, 2014 1:03PM

I will always have fond memories of Marlene as someone who encouraged and supported me as I entered the world of miniatures. I wish for peace and comfort to be forthcoming for her family.

Daisy Carpi

April 23, 2014 3:34PM

Marlene,eu nunca vou te esquecer.
Você será sempre lembrada em nosso meio de miniaturas,pois foi onde te conheci e estará sempre em minhas orações.Descanse em paz.

Cathy Ruggiero

April 23, 2014 1:57PM

I shall always remember you, (((Marlene))) as the beautiful soul you were, and for everything you did for everyone you knew. Thank You!! Love!

Carol McCoy

April 23, 2014 12:26PM

For my friend Marlene...I can't believe it was almost 23 years ago when we met...I will always remember you for the glorious spitfire that you were and for your bravery and your love for John and
Erica...we all followed behind your footsteps and you were the wind beneath our wings...Fly...Fly...Fly...

Pat Carlson

April 23, 2014 7:10AM

I will always remember you, my dear Marlene. I will always be sincerely grateful for your love, friendship and guidance. Your humility never allowed you to "blow your own horn", but it is because of you that so many are successful. We remain here for awhile to blow your horn for you. Until we meet again, my dear friend.

Linda Cummings

April 23, 2014 2:48AM

Marlene, you will simply never be forgotten. The miniature world has lost a great champion & friend & is the worse for your loss. You will always live on in my heart. My thoughts are with John & Erica.

Jeannette Buchholz

April 23, 2014 1:21AM

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.


April 08, 2014 3:55PM

My dear friend Marlene, I will miss you so much. People die only when we forget them, If we remember them, they will be with us always. And you will be forever with me. My thoughts and my heart are with John and Erica.

Patricia Doss

April 07, 2014 4:40PM

May our memories of Marlene give us peace and comfort. My heart goes out to my friend Erica and her Father John during this difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. I love you Erica.


April 06, 2014 5:34PM

So sorry to hear about our friend Marlene.

Sarah-Jane Waller

April 05, 2014 1:03PM

Marlene my dear friend may you be flying high and pain free. Thankyou so much for the laughs, love and freindship, you will be dearly missed - sincere condolences to John and Erica, may many happy memories keep you smiling through the tears! Love sj and Paul UK

Linda Mac

April 05, 2014 8:48AM

My thoughts and prayers are with John, Erica and the family during this sad and difficult time.