Marilyn grew up on a farm outside of Sallisaw OK where she attended junior college. After starting her family, she finished her Associates degree in Poteau OK. Marilyn and her husband David moved to Memphis in 1990 w she where she completed her bachelor’s degree in fine art at University of Memphis. Marilyn taught visual art in Memphis for 15 years until she I left teaching in 2011. Since then, Marilyn has been creating gourd art, beading, zentangle art, and painting at B J Chain library. She also participates in Yoga and aerobics at OB Senior Center. She has been a member of OBAC for several years and works at the Painted Pigeon Gallery on weekends. She has a son and daughter who are both married and are expecting their first grandson in April 2017.