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Marilyn Jane Hill

April 23, 1935 - March 14, 2019

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” -Helen Keller


We found this quote in Marilyn’s papers after she died. It was handwritten by her, and obviously words she treasured. Marilyn’s adventures were most often manifested in her love of travel, which she tried to do as often as possible. She traveled all over the world, including Italy, Amsterdam, Paris, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.


Marilyn was born and raised in Chico, CA, the daughter of Walter B. and Virginia H. (Anderson) Grimes. She attended Mills College, the University of Geneva, and graduated from Chico State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French in 1956. After her children were grown she practiced real estate for several years in Bainbridge Island, WA, and Gold River, CA.


Late in life, she looked forward to returning to Italy each year, traveling solo and staying in the same small places where she was greeted as an old friend.


Marilyn’s other passion was playing duplicate bridge. Hours went into note taking, studying, and reviewing the hands played after her twice a week games. One of her proudest achievements was becoming a Silver Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).


She cared deeply for her family. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Don; her children, Linda Hill and Leslie (Tom) Lovell; brother, Walt (Shirley) Grimes; and grandchildren, Mackenzie and Bryan Beard.


At her request, there will be no service. Marilyn was a private person, and never wanted to be the center of attention. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting or the Multnomah County Library. 

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