Marilyn Rogers Becker passed away peacefully on March 17, 2020 at her home in Landenberg, Pennsylvania surrounded by loved ones. Born on July 3, 1932, she was the only child of Everett and Helen Rogers.
Marilyn loved to tell stories about her wonderful childhood, growing up in Akron, OH, Hershey, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. From sampling prototype peanut butter cups in Mr. Reese’s garage (yes, that Mr. Reese!) to selling errant golf balls back to the country club as an early lesson in entrepreneurship from her father, Marilyn always had a story. Her parents instilled a strong sense of self-reliance in Marilyn. After graduating from High School in Akron, Marilyn went to The Ohio State University where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and had a very active social life, including a week in Florida with her beloved grandmother, Rosebud “checking out men”!
After graduation from Ohio State, Marilyn worked for the Girl Scouts of America, and Case Western Reserve University as an administrator. Marilyn studied for her Masters degree while working full time.
Marilyn was married for 18 years. She would say that, although the marriage ended, she gained a great deal of life experience and a step-son, Scott. After the marriage, Marilyn started her second career in real estate at the Jersey Shore. Starting with no experience in a then male-dominated field, Marilyn was very successful. She developed strong friendships with her clients (including celebrities) and retired to Landenberg, PA in 1988.
Marilyn treasured her family relationships, especially with Uncle Bud and cousin Wendy.
As one of the first residents of Somerset Lake, Marilyn became a fixture in the community. She was active at the clubhouse and “never met a stranger”. Her “adopted daughters Catherine and Kim” were the light of her life.
At parties, Marilyn was the first on the dance floor and always made sure that everyone had a great time. She enjoyed volunteering during elections at the polls.
Marilyn was a social butterfly, and she would talk with everyone at the bank, grocery store, post office, Township office, service station, insurance office and especially with her very special Somerset lake family. When asked how she was, she delighted in winking and saying she was “Kickin’ ass!” Marilyn especially loved speaking with young people who would gravitate to her home for informal gab sessions.
As the years went by, Marilyn would say that she was “Still Kickin’, just not as high!”
With the herculean help of Catherine, Michael, Kim and their families, Marilyn was able to be in her home and pass away surrounded by loved ones. Marilyn was comforted to know that she was going to heaven to be with her parents. One of her last stories was her vision of herself as a 6-year-old running to meet her father as he arrived home and playing jump rope with him. No doubt, kicking as high as ever!
We love you Miss Marilyn, Marilyn, Maudie, Mom!
A Celebration of Marilyn’s life is being planned. Unfortunately, because of the current COVID-19 situation, a date for the celebration will be announced later.
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