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Marilyn Wyatt

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August 9, 1930 March 18, 2014


Marilyn Wyatt, whose love and laughter inspired her family and friends, entered heaven happily and humbly March 18, 2014. She was 83.


Born in Denver, Colo., to Clifton and Mabel Bledsoe, Marilyn moved with her parents to Humboldt County, Calif., in 1946. She graduated from Arcata High School two years later. That year she married her high school sweetheart, Robert Wyatt. They made Arcata their home for almost two decades. While Bob worked in the wood products industry, Marilyn was a classic homemaker and mother. Their four children grew up in a home that was a magnet for neighborhood kids, a place full of joyous chaos, Mitch Miller singalongs, assorted pets and lots of good things to eat.

At home, Marilyn was a skilled seamstress and baker. In the community she was a dedicated PTA president, Sunday school teacher and Camp Fire leader.

In 1966, the family moved to Ashland, Ore., the first of many relocations prompted by Bob's career. As he moved up in the business, Bob worked for most of the major woodproducts companies, jobs that took him and Marilyn to many Oregon and California communities, including Reedsport, Roseburg, Gold Beach and Weed. But Marilyn's most exciting times were the many years they spent in Indonesia, the Philippines and Alaska. Her adventurous spirit thrived in the remote jungles of Southeast Asia, where she fell in love with the native people and wildlife. Though most of their time in Asia was spent amid relatively primitive conditions, Bob and Marilyn used their vacations to travel to Singapore, Tokyo, Manila, Jakarta and other major cities. She lived it and loved it all. Marilyn's stories, mementos and photos from those years became a legacy to her family.

Bob died in 2008, two weeks after they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Marilyn is survived by four children, Don Wyatt, of Weed, Calif., Kathy Heichel, of Sutherlin, Ore., Joan Lytle, of Medford, Ore., and Nancy Merriman, of Medford, Ore. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. Marilyn's family deeply appreciates the kindness and love shown to her by Pastor Bob Gass, the staff of Roxy Ann Memory Community and Providence Hospice.

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