Marilyn Beryl Hull

Date of Birth

July 3, 1949

Date of Death

March 6, 2023

City of Death

Santa Barbara, CA

Marilyn Beryl Hull left this earth to dance with angels on March 6, 2023. She passed peacefully with her family by her side after a short battle with lymphoma. Marilyn was born July 3, 1949 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales to James T. Smith and Zilla Edith Hope Smith. The family immigrated to Canada in 1954 when she was 5 years old and lived in Toronto for several years before moving to Torrance, California in 1962. She graduated from North Torrance High School in 1967, then attended dental school and graduated as a dental assistant. She married Tom Peterson in 1969 and they moved to Santa Barbara where she worked as a dental assistant for over 20 years. She remarried in the early 90s and traveled around the world during that decade. She worked in various office jobs until 2017 when she began her retirement career at Santa Barbara Winery.

Marilyn was a force to be reckoned with and had many friends in and around Santa Barbara. She loved her wine and enjoyed evenings out with her close buddies going out to dinner and playing Mexican train, Bunco and Dominos! She made friends everywhere she went including her neighborhood park where she loved walking her dogs. She loved the holidays with her family, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving, taking family pictures and enjoying the company.

Marilyn is survived by her brother, Trefor (Betty) Smith; children, Lori (Ken) Yamasaki, Dylan Peterson, and Morgan (Jenni-Marie) Peterson; and grandchildren, Katie, Andrew, Stefani, & Jayson. She was very dedicated to her children and grandchildren and always found ways to spend time with them. She will be greatly missed, and her memory will be deeply cherished by her family and friends. Words do not do her life justice as she was a friend to many and a mother, sister and friend whose love had no bounds. We are all so fortunate to have shared the time we did with her and will miss her laughter and beautiful smile. One of her favorite quotes was – “Spread the laughter, share the cheer, let’s be happy while we’re here. Love you bunches!”

Her celebration of life will be on June 10, 2023. For more information, please email


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