Marline Batten

Born April 13, 1936 in DeLand, Florida
Departed May 2, 2024 in Palm Bay, Florida

Louise Marline Norman Batten born April 13, 1936 – May 2, 2024 moved to her Heavenly home.

Louise “Marline” Norman Batten, born on April 13, 1936, in the sun-kissed town of Deland, Florida, gracefully departed from this world, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be cherished. She was the embodiment of warmth, faith, kindness, and unwavering love.

Marline shared a beautiful journey of love with her beloved husband, Lonnie Batten, Sr., for 55 and a half years until his passing on January 30, 2009, in Palm Bay, Florida. Together, they built a life filled with love, laughter, and countless cherished memories. Their bond was a testament to the enduring power of true love.

As devoted parents, Marline and Lonnie nurtured three wonderful children: Lonnie Lee Jr., Deborah Kay (Patrick Voltaire, Sr.) and Sue Ellen (Bill Connell). Also surviving are their grandchildren Patrick Voltaire, Jr. (Allison Liford Voltaire), Heather Batten Evans (Johnny Evans), Joshua Batten, and Jacqueline Moser McVadon (Lee McVadon), great grandchildren Gabrielle and Ryder Voltaire and Harrison McVadon; as well as her sister-by-love Glenda Gerraputa.

She was predeceased by her husband Lonnie Batten, Sr.; great-grandson Maddox McVadon; brother James “Bubba” Norman; brother-by-love Lemuel Norman and sisters-by-love Shirley Woodling and Joyce “Jenny” Murray.

Marline’s life was marked by selflessness and service to others. For many years, she served as a dedicated church secretary at the First Baptist Church of Malabar in Malabar, Florida. While her husband, Lonnie, faithfully served as a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Malabar before continuing his service at Fellsmere First Baptist, Marline devoted her time and energy to actively participating in the women’s ministry and bible studies, baking delicious treats, and ensuring every service was conducted seamlessly. Her commitment to her faith and her church community was unwavering, and her presence brought comfort and solace to all who knew her.

Those who had the privilege of knowing Marline will fondly remember her culinary talents, particularly her country cooking and delectable desserts. Her fried chicken, hand-snapped field peas, Mounds Cake, Banana Split Cake, and Holy Smoke were legendary and brought joy to countless gatherings and celebrations.

Beyond her culinary talents, Marline’s true gift lay in her ability to love unconditionally and care for others, and share the love of Christ with boundless compassion. After the loss of her parents, she opened her heart and home to nieces and nephews from both her and her husband’s families, embracing them as her own with love and grace.

A celebration of her life will be on Friday, May 24, 2024 at 2:00 pm at the Grant Community Center, 4580 1st Street, Grant-Valkaria, Florida 32949.

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Jan and Chuck MacLeod from Melbourne wrote on May 30, 2024:
Marlene and Lonnie were two of the best people we knew. We're so happy we got to see Marlene in April before we came up to NC. Now Malene and Lonnie are together again.
Sue Batten Connell from Branford wrote on May 13, 2024:
Thank you for always loving me. I'm trying my best to do as you asked. I know I will see you when God calls me home... until then, I will hold on tight to all the moments we have shared. Mom, I love you.
Denise Le (Tuten) from Palm Bay wrote on May 13, 2024:
I first met Marline back in 1968/9, at Malabar Baptist Church. My parents didn’t attend church with me, so I was always picked up and dropped off by a handful of people from church. Marline always was so sweet to me guiding me where I would need to go. She was a big help and I knew I could go to her if I needed something. I am very grateful to her and Lonnie Sr. For the care and transportation they provided to me for many years while attending church there. They were always kind and caring, and I am blessed to have known them.
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