Marilyn Jean Beamish
Born: September 2, 1949
Died: July 20, 2021
Marilyn departed this life peacefully at the age of 71 in her home in San Tan Valley, Arizona with her husband Roger by her side on July 20, 2021.
She is forever in the hearts of her family: her husband of 50 years, Roger, daughters Kristin Beamish-Brown (Pierce), Kelly Dregley (Matt), Lindsay Perkins (Dave), and Laura Beamish, as well as her seven grandchildren: Rhyan, Carter, Luka, Cooper, Brooks, Ella and Camden. Her siblings, Karen Novak and Gregg Swanson, also remember her lovingly, as do countless other family members and dear friends.
Awaiting Marilyn beyond this life are her mother, Lois Swanson, and father, Kenneth Swanson. She was undoubtedly greeted on the rainbow bridge by quite a few beloved dogs.
Rather than inspire tears her soul would much prefer to enjoy laughter. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, as well as her beloved Cubbies.
Marilyn was born to Ken & Lois Swanson in Chicago, Illinois, where she spent her early years cultivating her passion for sports, both as a player and a spectator. As she got older she started attending Cubs games at Wrigley Field, often taking her younger brother Gregg with her. From there her love for the Cubs grew and the sport would eventually play an even larger role in her life.
In the summer of 1967, Marilyn was working in downtown Chicago at CNA. One afternoon, venturesome Marilyn was participating in the annual employee softball tournament. She was already on first base, when a co-worker hit the ball into the outfield. Marilyn rounded 2nd base and, judging it might be a close call, quickly slid into third base, colliding with the 3rd base coach, her future husband, Roger.
Navigating the baseball field turned into navigating the road together as Roger taught Marilyn how to drive and they began dating. A few short years later they were married, started a family and moved to the suburbs…all the while enjoying their beloved Cubs games whenever they could.
Marilyn's passion for baseball never died out, but she added new passion and new purpose to her life. She became a devoted wife, nurturing mother to her four daughters, room mother at her daughters' schools, girl scout leader, softball coach, and carpool queen. She was her daughters' biggest fan, with plenty of love to go around.
Marilyn spent her final years enjoying being "Grandma Goose" to her seven grandchildren and spending time with loved ones, while always rooting on her Cubbies! She will be remembered in so many wonderful ways because she was always quick to laugh and join in on the fun. Her loved ones have many stories of her epic food fights and water fights and fun shopping adventures… whether it was hours spent in the dressing room trying on clothes, or playing hide-n-seek at Sam's Club. She was an advocate for her daughters, showing equity over equality as she treated each of them according to their own needs. She was as strong as they come, with the spirit of a warrior. She fought a long but quiet battle with cancer, as she never wanted anyone to pity her. Her focus was always spending time and creating memories with family.
Her legacy lives on in the many lives she touched. Those we love never truly leave us. Marilyn has taken on a new role fitted with wings to look the part, forever here to guide us through spirit and heart.
"Our joys will be greater, our love will be deeper, our life will be fuller because we shared your moment."
A private Celebration of Life will be held in St. Charles, IL for loved ones on October 9.
Published by Kane County Chronicle from Sep. 27 to Sep. 30, 2021.