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1963 Marina 2020

Marina Talmadge

April 16, 1963 — July 16, 2020

Born in New Britain, Connecticut on April 16, 1963 Departed on July 16, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, Tennessee Gathering of Family and Friends: Hendersonville Funeral Home Room: StateroomFriday July 24, 2020 4:00pm to 8:00pmGathering of Family and Friends: Hendersonville Funeral Home Room: StateroomSaturday July 25, 2020 1:00pm to 2:00pmCelebration of Life: Hendersonville Funeral Home Room: ChapelSaturday July 25, 2020 2:00pm to 3:00pmInurnment: Hendersonville Memory Gardens Room: Whispering FallsSaturday July 25, 2020 3:00pm to 4:00pm

It is with love and sadness that the family of Marina Talmadge announces her passing on July 16, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with Glioblastoma. Marina was born Marina Silvana Prado on April 16, 1963 in New Britain, Connecticut to Lucio and Corradina Prado, originally from Sicily, Italy. Her family settled in Berlin, Connecticut where she attended Berlin High School and nearby Central Connecticut State University.

She started dating her future husband Todd in 1986 while he was in medical school. They married in 1991, settling initially in Farmington, Connecticut and later moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky and Goodlettsville, Tennessee. She became a devoted and loving wife and mother, and her four children - Sam, Trevor, Oliver, and India - were the unwavering center of her life's energy. After settling in Sumner County, Marina dedicated much of her time to volunteering at her children's school, Merrol Hyde Magnet School in Hendersonville. She was the Room Mom for each of her children's classes multiple times and was the head of the school's Hospitality Committee for many years, providing meals for faculty meetings and other events. She helped with fundraising, PTO events, athletic events, and carpooling among many other things while still making time for her children's many extracurricular activities.

Outside of the school, Marina was an excellent cook and enjoyed hosting anything from formal dinner parties to kids' pool parties. She was passionate about fashion and designing and decorating her house. She enjoyed reading and watching comedy and reality TV, especially Survivor. She loved to travel. She and Todd would have been married 30 years in 2021 and were planning their fourth trip to St. John, USVI where they honeymooned.

Marina was a loving, graceful person who truly would light up the room with her smile and positive energy. She could always be counted upon and avoided the spotlight, preferring the gifts of giving back and the many friends she made along the way. She will be greatly missed by many.

Marina was predeceased by her parents Lucio and Corradina Prado, her sister Marianna Barrett, and brother Salvatore Prado. Besides her husband and children, Marina is survived by her sister Lori (Jim) Desiderio and nieces Amanda and Jenna of Pepperell, Massachusetts, her late sister's husband Tod Barrett and niece Hannah and nephew Tyler of Newington, Connecticut, and her late brother's wife Tina Perreault-Prado and nephews Ronnie, Lucas, and Salvatore, Jr. of Plantsville, Connecticut. Numerous other relatives survive including, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to a specially designated fund of the MHMS PTO (link below)

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