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Marilyn Mackay Ballard Rabakukk 
December 12, 1932 - December 12, 2009
Marilyn Mackay Ballard Rabakukk born December 12, 1932, St. Louis, Missouri, passed on December 12, 2009, her 77th birthday in Arlington, Texas. 

The daughter of Genevieve Nance Ratliff and James H. Ballard, Jr., she was the devoted wife of Rein Rabakukk and the loving mother of Ronald Karl Rabakukk. Third great-granddaughter of Capt. James Mackay, whose map of the upper Missouri River and whose Indian Tribe Notes were instrumental to Lewis and Clark's journey to the Pacific, she wrote a book about her Scottish ancestors entitled, THE MACKAYS OF ARICHLINEY and gave it to various descendants, libraries and historical societies around the world. A member of the First Families of St. Louis, she also was a Lifetime Member of the Clan Mackay Society in Scotland and a member of the Clan Mackay Society USA, Inc. Her love for the clan was reflected in her book. 

A long time member of the Variety Children's Charity, Marilyn founded the first Young Variety group, and later she founded the Variety Wheelchair Arts and Sports program for physically challenged children in 1980, now known as the Junior Wheelchair Mavericks. She was also a member at large of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, her ancestors having come to the Colonies in the early 1600's. She was a member of various historical agencies, art museums and other organizations. 

Besides her husband and son, she is survived by her lovely daughter-in-law, Gayleen Rabakukk and step granddaughters, Anna and Fiona Langthorn, sister, Nancy Ballard Johnson of Springfield, Missouri, aunt and uncle, Anne and Warren M. Ballard of Maryland, sister-in-law, Mai Daily of Torrance, California, numerous cousins and cousins-in law, numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces, as well as numerous friends around the world. 

At her request there will be no funeral. 

If a memorial is desired, she requests that donations be sent to either the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Variety the Children's Charity of Texas or the Junior Wheelchair Mavericks, as she believes all children need guidance, help and love for they are the only future of the world.

Whatever you are looking for from one-time donations to monthly gifts, Variety has an option for you.

For questions, or information about upcoming events, please feel to contact Variety directly at 214.346.0920 or through e-mail.

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