Marilyn Wynn (1927 - 2013)

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Marilyn J. Wynn

Feburary 14, 1927- March 19, 2013

MONMOUTH - Marilyn Jeanne Wynn passed away Tuesday, March 19. Ronald, her husband of 62 years, their children Holly, Lisa, Michael, and Bryan, and daughters-in-law Marsha and Karin were at her bedside.

A memorial service will be held at St.Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem, April 4th at 2:00 p.m.

Marilyn Staley was born on Valentine's Day 1927 in Las Vegas, NM to Arthur and Holly Staley. Her parents were thrilled to have a daughter and gave Marilyn every advantage they could. As a young child she was observant, imaginative, and enthusiastic; characteristics that shaped her life. After watching a neighbor play piano she would pantomime the finger movements, playing an imaginary piano on her bedroom windowsill. Her mother saw this and, despite the significant financial cost for the time, arranged for Marilyn to take piano lessons.

Piano became one of the great loves of Marilyn's life. Thousands of public school children in Boulder, CO and later in Oregon along with countless private students were introduced to the beauty of music through Marilyn's classes and piano lessons.

Marilyn was also an accomplished organist. For more than 40 years, St. Hilda's Episcopal Church in Monmouth was graced by her devotion to playing Bach.

Marilyn changed countless lives by joyfully sharing her love and enthusiasm for music.

She attended Highlands University in Las Vegas NM earning her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in music before marrying her beloved Ronald in 1950. Their first child, Holly, was born while Ronald was in Alaska after being drafted into the Army. As with every challenge in her life, Marilyn met this one with happy determination and inspired creativity.

During their years in Las Vegas, NM they took their growing family on camping trips in Gallinas Canyon. Keeping one eye on her children as they explored, Marilyn sat at her easel and indulged her love of watercolor painting. Marilyn was fascinated with color. This passion inspired lifelong creative expression through art quilting, flower gardening, drawing (she had one of Oregon's largest colored pencil collections), and the conception and presentation of spectacular floral bouquets. Sweet Peas were her #1 favorite. Other varieties such as Lilacs, deep red Roses, Nasturtiums, and Daffodils were some of her other #1 favorites.

Again, Marilyn changed lives sharing her love and enthusiasm of color and flowers.

Marilyn celebrated cooking. She joyously lived her faith. Everyone was welcome at her table, including, over the years, her many dear kitties. A longtime member of PEO and the Association of American University Women, she worked tirelessly to help young women attend college.

Her generosity and progressive leadership changed people's lives.

Marilyn's competitive edge revealed itself in her love of games, especially bridge. Her Bridge Club members will be happy to know that in her last game three days before her passing, she won with a robust score of 1,330 points to her opponent's 190. During one hand, in her inimitable and sometimes vexing bidding style, her partner opened with one diamond, she responded with five diamonds. They made their contract.

Marilyn is predeceased by her daughter Marcia. She is survived by her husband, children, and her adoring grandchildren: Dameon, Jaxom, Robyn, Marilyn, Isaac, Ellen, Rocky, Scott, Grant, Anne, and Kalie.

Marilyn's passing is an incalculable loss for her family and friends. Her life was an immeasurable gift to all who knew her.

Remembrances in Marilyn's name may be made to: St. Hilda's Episcopal Church in Monmouth or the Ronald and Marilyn Wynn Musical Theater Scholarship Fund at Western Oregon University.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 24, 2013
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