On December 27th, 2020, Marilyn Aleta Snavely passed peacefully at her daughter Pamela’s home in Bakersfield, CA, surrounded by family.
Born February 22, 1932 in Glendale, CA, Marilyn Maxey attended Cottey College, in Missouri and married Merlyn Snavely. She lived in North Platte, NE, San Luis Obispo, and Williams, settling in Santa Barbara and spending her final years in Bakersfield. Marilyn taught elementary school at Franklin and Peabody in Santa Barbara, Pacheco in San Luis Obispo, and was a dedicated member of the PEO, serving in the Santa Barbara chapter for many years. She was blessed with three children, Richard Lionheart, Laurie Brown, and Pamela McEnulty, and was a beloved grandmother, and great grandmother.
She was a creative soul, and a kind, excellent hostess, spending much of her life entertaining friends and family, particularly at Christmas. She excelled in and enjoyed baking and decorating cakes, delicate sewing, beautiful china painting, and fine glass bead creation, making lifelong friends in each specialty. She loved her family and was always quick to smile.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her elder brother, Richard Maxey, and is survived by her three children, ex-husband Merlyn, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
According to her wishes, her remains will be scattered on the Santa Barbara ocean. She will have her “sun at sea” forevermore. We love you and miss you, thank you for everything.