Condolence & Memory Journal

I first met Marilyn at the home of a mutual friend, also an artist, who admired her work greatly. She was a genuinely friendly and warm person whose art I was lucky enough to see firsthand. Her talent as a Texas feminist and storyteller were as big as the state she called home. Her voice was unique; and her eye for talent in others was generous and without ego. She will be missed, but has left behind her a body of work that is both starkly and subtly brilliant.

Posted by C.Murphy Brumlik - San Antonio, TX - Friend   November 23, 2020

I just saw the estate sale planned for your mother's house and was intrigued to look her up. I am an artist myself and moved here last year from Los Angeles with my husband. I was so moved to see that the day she passed away was the day that I gave birth to my first child, Frances James. Maybe your mom lives a tiny bit in my own baby girl. I hope she lives as beautiful of a life as your mother.

Posted by Erica Campbell - San Antonio   November 18, 2020

I first met Marilyn in the 1970's at a time when she was collecting bits of wool from the sheep in the local stock show to involve in her artwork, and I was so impressed with the originality and freshness of her approach and her work. I followed her art through the years, and it never failed to impress,
always with the originality and freshness of that earlier experience and with added delight and depth and astonishing skills to accomplish her visions. Thank you for the touching and informative personal tribute to an artist of such true beauty and importance.

Posted by Martha Utterback - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 24, 2020

Marilyn was always a stimulating conversationalist and most productive artist. Marilyn's life, lineage and many interests were wonderfully blended into her most ambitious artworks. Her uncommon grace and charm will be missed.

Posted by Jim Broderick - san antonio, TX - Friend   January 23, 2020

I was so sad to read about the loss of your beautiful talented mother. She always greeted me with a giant smile and called me by name. It was so special that after all of these years, whether at your father's service, HEB, or any other location, her mind and heart showed through. I cherish my visits with her, both in person or by phone. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, Laura

Posted by Laura Miller - San Antonio, TX   January 23, 2020

So sad to learn of Marilyn's passing. I got to know her during the Year of the Quilt. And, we remained friends from that moment on. Always an artist and always a friend, she was good at both.

Posted by Carolene Zehner - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 23, 2020

What a lovely, intimate portrait of a truly unique individualist who could only have been born a woman. I am so very glad that she saw fit to donate the majority of her body of work to institutions where they may be admired and open the doors of dialogues with her viewers. Those privileged to have a "Marilyn" living with
them will treasure them, and one hopes pass along their memories of her as she did of so many of her cherished family, friends, and those she admired. Claudia

Posted by Claudia Smith - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 21, 2020

Dear Marilyn, I am so sorry that you have left us. You were one of a kind - smart and deep thinking, sweet and kind, and independent and unique. I met you when I was working at the Art Museum of South Texas and we worked together to put on your one-woman show, . I loved your work from the beginning, especially the quilt mentioned in the obituary. I contacted Philip Morris (Altria) to borrow the quilt for the AMST show. I was deeply impacted by that piece. You were one of a kind, and I will miss you.
Michelle Locke

Posted by Michelle Locke - Corpus Christi, TX - Friend   January 20, 2020