Marilyn Dey, 89

Marilyn Dey, 89, of Monmouth Junction, NJ, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020, at Park Place Center-LTC in Monmouth Junction, NJ.

Born in Kenilworth, NJ on June 7, 1930, Marilyn was raised in Newark, NJ before moving to Jamesburg, NJ. She was a graduate of Jamesburg High School, Class of 1948, where she met her late husband, Clarence W. Dey, Jr. They were married and lived in South Brunswick until 1990. Marilyn was a farmer (Dey Farms) and with her husband, Clarence, raised three daughters on the family farm. In 1990 Marilyn and Clarence left the farm and spent several years traveling around the country in an RV. They settled in Naples, Florida in 1997, and lived there until 2011.

Marilyn loved farming. She and Clarence worked tirelessly on their farm. When not busy with farm work, she was busy doing needlework or whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. Marilyn’s pastries were enjoyed by all. Marilyn loved people and gave generously of herself whenever she saw a need. She was devoted to her family. Marilyn loved talking to people and was happy to engage in spirited debate whenever the opportunity arose.

Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Katherine (Rebmann) Smith; her loving husband of 62 years, Clarence W. Dey, Jr.; her sister, Lillian E. Portlock; her brother, Edward Smith, Jr.; her son-in-law, Douglas A. Adams; and her brother-in-law, William J. Hunt. Marilyn is survived by her sister, Jean Hunt of Florida and NJ; her three daughters, Diana Clayton and her husband, Kenneth of VA, Marilyn Adams of NJ and Barbara White and her friend, Robert Perez of NJ; her six grandchildren, Tina Sadis and her husband, Michael of NJ, Kevin Clayton and his wife, Autumn of VA, Anthony M. Cosumano of Florida and NJ, Jeffrey Clayton and his wife, Jenny of VA, Joseph White of NJ and James White of NJ; her seven great grandchildren, Tiffany, Jackson, Charlotte, Hudson, Harper, Jacob and Niko; and her several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a date to be announced. Please continue to visit our website for service details. Due to the current temporary regulations in our state and nation, a private graveside service will be held at Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, NJ.

For those who wish to honor Marilyn, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marilyn’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

Please visit Marilyn’s permanent memorial site at We encourage all to share memories, words of comfort or leave a message of condolence for the family. Perhaps share a favorite story or special way Marilyn touched your heart. Each one will help provide comfort and hope to all who read the remembrances. You are welcome to plant a tree, light a candle, or post a photograph of Marilyn via the website.

Arrangements are under the direction of the A.S. Cole Son & Co. Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ.