I've known Marilyn for about 35 years. She was the mother of my best friend Linda Davis, who did me the favor of becoming my sister-in-law, by marrying my older brother Rod. We used to go over to her house when I was in high-school and hang out. Marilyn was always welcoming, ready for a party, a picnic or whatever else we had in mind. I felt like her house was a home away from home.
I remember on my 21st birthday, Sylvia, Sue and Linda, all went to the White house and secretly prepared a surprise birthday party for me. The next morning, I was duly kidnapped and was brought to a fancy dinner they had prepared, right there with Marilyn by their side making it all possible. Marilyn and Bonnie's family reminded me of my own family, in the way they welcomed others in their home and extended hospitality. On my wedding day, Marilyn let me choose from her many paintings, one for my new home.
Through the years, I've thought of Marilyn as an extended part of my family, and when we came back from Uzbekistan, she helped me out by referring me in my house-cleaning business and even had me clean her own home. She was always encouraging and never got upset during our last 3 years of working together. She became a real friend to me. I admired Marilyn for being a peace-maker and for being there for her family, no matter what she thought about their life-choices. It was brave of her to go all the way to Karlie's wedding this Summer in Idaho but she was always game for anything. I know we will all miss her so much. I wasn't ready to let her go. But I am sure I will meet with her again in heaven. I love you Marilyn. You were lucky to have such an amazing group of kids to be with you through all the final years that you all had together.