Born in St. Louis, she attended high school and college there, majoring in Speech and Theatre and minoring in English. Studying the piano and singing in a variety of choral groups were strong interests as well. After college, marriage and two children, she and her family lived in Chicago, Houston, Williamsburg, Virginia. and Casper, Wyoming.
When not relocating, she volunteered in numerous organizations, including women’s clubs, school libraries, Brownies, symphony support groups, and community theatres. Along the way, she also taught piano. Marilyn is currently a member of the Crescendos piano group and head of the Grey Oaks Book club.