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Marilyn Jo Werner passed away at home in Aptos, California surrounded by family, June 1, 2013. She was born October 26, 1927, in Longview, Washington, to Dorothy and Arthur A. Anderson.
Marilyn Jo Werner
The family moved to Everett in 1934 and Mukilteo in 1939. Marilyn graduated from Everett High School, class of 1945. She attended the University of Washington and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She married Roger E. Werner in August of 1947, then moved to Colorado while Roger attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. They returned to Everett where they made their home and raised four daughters. After the death of her husband in 1955, she completed her undergraduate degree at Western Washington College of Education and received her teaching credential. She then moved to Los Gatos, California where she raised her daughters and taught kindergarten for 14 years. She returned to Bellingham to get her master's degree in Early Childhood Education and in 1972 she joined the Peace Corps for a three year tour teaching in Fiji, then spent 13 years at Churchlands College in Perth, Australia, as a senior lecturer and department head. In 1989, Marilyn returned to Washington, settling in Arlington where she was active in the Unitarian Church, serving as church secretary for several years. In 1993 she moved to Camano Island where she pursued her talent for painting, joined the Roaming Artists and a drama group. Marilyn taught creative writing and autobiography classes through the senior center and community colleges. Marilyn pursued many of her life's dreams while traveling and made life long friends around the world. She loved life and took it on its own terms.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger; and daughter, Jennifer Jo.
She is survived by her daughters, Joslyn Werner of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gretchen Werner and husband, Mark Block of Aptos, California, and Loree Werner of Laguna Nigel, California; three grandchildren, Zoe Werner of New York, New York, Hunter Werner Block, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Molly Werner Block, of Watsonville, California; her sister, Judith Abbott of Everett; two nephews, Kurt and Jeff Abbott; and niece, Shelley Abbott, all in Washington; as well as many friends near and far.
A memorial service is planned for later this summer.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, CA, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Aug. 4, 2013