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Marilyn

Marilyn Roberts

Marilyn Lee Roberts died peacefully at home on July 11, 2020 at the age of 74. She was the loving and beloved wife of Bill Roberts. She was born on May 12, 1946 to Arthur A and Mary Ellen Andreasen in Louisville, KY. Marilyn is survived by her husband of 45 years, Bill, a brother, Cory Andreasen, and two nieces, Mary Lewis, and Kristine Shue.  She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

She graduated from Miami of Ohio with a masters degree in Botany and moved to St Louis in the early 70’s to work at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Her career path changed when she later worked for Bone Metabolism research at BJC and then at the BMW Owners News (motorcycle).

Marilyn has also had a diverse list of activities for her spare time throughout her life. She always enjoyed traveling and camping out west to see the outstanding scenery. She especially enjoyed Yellowstone in both summer and winter. She hiked and backpacked with her husband in several western states. She took one to three week tours with her husband on a tandem bicycle. She also did some road and track bicycle racing. Later she paid back to the sport by becoming a race official. She discovered BMW motorcycles and attended rallies all over the nation. She was an active member in the Gateway BMW club. In 2008 she reached the 100,000 mile milestone for her motorcycle riding. When she wasn’t riding, her passion was lampwork beads. She was an active member in the St.Louis Lampwork Society. Lampwork beads are made by using a torch to melt glass rods to create beads with a unique design. One of her latest endeavors, was the sport of letterboxing which led to searches at local parks.

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, honor Marilyn’s life in a way that is befitting for you.  The family will announce plans for a future public celebration.

In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

26 Comments

  1. Becky Roberts on July 14, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    So sorry for your loss. You and Marilyn had so many great adventures. She enjoyed her life to the fullest.



  2. Faye Holdenried on July 14, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Bill I’m so sorry to hear about a Marilyn. Her love of life, free spirit, creativity and adventurous spirit made one want to be more like her. I know you have thousand of good memories to hold onto.
    Love, Faye Holdenried



  3. Kathy Montgomery on July 14, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    So sorry for your loss Bill. We remember the many stories you told us about tandem riding around the country, the love of traveling with your beloved wife Marilyn.
    STLRC members-Kathy and Bill Montgomery



  4. Mark D Keklikian on July 14, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    I didn’t know her but a friend of SLRCC is a friend of mine.
    So sorry for your loss.



  5. Charles Koehler on July 14, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. I knew of her through the STLRC as a very interesting and kind person. I am sure that she touched so many lives and will be missed.



  6. Bill and Judy Graham on July 14, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Marilyn was such a spark among us for so many years. We will miss her ever so much. ❤️



  7. Ava and Harvey Small on July 14, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    It was a privilege to have known her — and a joy to ride with her!
    She will be remembered for a blessing.



  8. Jeffrey C Ackerman on July 14, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Bill; sorry for your loss. Marilyn was great to attend rallies with and she was a special member of the Gateway Riders. She will be sorely missed.



  9. Joan Cather on July 14, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Very sorry for your loss!! It was a honor to have gotten to know her.



  10. Kris Ball on July 14, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Marilyn was a special lady who brought so much light and love to the Missouri Bead Retreats. We will miss her so very much.



  11. Teri on July 14, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Marilyn was such an awesome lady, I met her through glass friends, always, enjoyed her company. Prayers to the family and RIP my friend.



  12. Mary and Bruce Shawgo on July 14, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Every time I talked with Marilyn, she would share something new about herself. Some job she had, her latest jewelry or art project, a recent hike or kayak float, trips in Whinifred, a pet plant, her love of the neighbor’s cat. I have seldom met anyone with such varied interests and so busy living every day. I loved her smile, her sense of humor, her creative drawings and photographs. She will ever inspire us to make the most of every minute. Bill, Bruce and I are so sorry for your loss.



  13. Emily Glynn Kihlken on July 15, 2020 at 7:15 am

    I knew Marilyn from the St. Louis Lampwork Society. We were roommates at one of the National meetings. I got to know her on that trip and appreciate her. What a neat lady- she was a strong and secure woman, never a dull moment, always doing interesting things, her art was unique- often organic, she really loved nature and she really loved her husband. So sorry to hear about her passing, Emily Glynn Kihlken.



  14. Nadine Goldstein on July 15, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Really liked Marilyn and learned much from her at St Louis Lampworkers meeting. She will be missed💔



  15. Libby Leuchtman on July 15, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was such an important member of our glass bead community. She will be missed so much. She was an inspiration to me and I will always cherish my memories of her.



  16. Deb Kauzlarich on July 15, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Marilyn was truly a shining light. I knew her through the Missouri Bead Retreat and I don’t think I ever saw her when she wasn’t smiling. I loved her stories about Gato and about Robert the Plant. She will be missed by many.



  17. Tom and Whitney Donovan on July 15, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about Marilyn’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to her family.



  18. Mandy Manley on July 15, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Marlyn was a straight shooter, an explorer and a genuinely kind person. Mar made me feel welcome when I joined the MOA staff in 2006. She taught me so much about BMW motorcycles and how to be a woman on a bike in a world that doesn’t always know what to do with us. She passed her knowledge of making German springerle cookies from the beautiful cookie molds she had from her father, and I’ll always treasure memories of baking and laughing with her. She was always the first person I looked for when rolling up to a motorcycle rally, and they won’t be the same without her. I am grateful for having found a fellow Wildcat and Kentucky gal in St. Louis and send my deepest condolences to Bill and her family. Rest in peace, Mar. Love you!



  19. Darryl Fabick on July 15, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Marlyn was a straight shooter, an explorer and a genuinely kind person .Marlyn was a straight shooter, an explorer! My thoughts,
    are with husband, Bill. What a loss to winter hikers!

    Darryl(STLRC)



  20. Darryl Fabick on July 15, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Marlyn was a straight shooter, an explorer and a genuinely kind person .Marlyn was a straight shooter, an explorer! My thoughts,
    are with husband, Bill. What a loss to winter hikers!

    Darryl (STLRC)
    Fabick



  21. Bobbie on July 15, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    So sorry for you loss. I knew her from MBR She was a beautiful person. She was so fun to be around, always had me laughing. She will be missed.



  22. Ginger Fontaine on July 16, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Marilyn has a very adventurous 45 years.
    She was an interesting and busy person.



  23. Eileen Wade on July 16, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I really liked Marilyn. She was fun! I will miss her.



  24. Stacy Braiuca on July 16, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    So very sorry for your loss Bill and Family. Mar was a beautiful soul and a loved MBR (Missouri Bead Retreat) sister. She will be missed by us.



  25. Linda Ryer on July 17, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    A smart, adventurous, kind woman has left us much too soon. Suffering and pain are over so she may now rest in peace. Very sorry for your loss, Bill.



  26. Peter Ryer on July 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    I remember attending your wedding, I accompanied you two on that wet “honeymoon” backpacking trip in the Cascades, you and Marilyn came out to Seattle several times with your tandem, and it was so good to see you both when you came out to Seattle in your RV last year. She was the perfect person for you. May you treasure all the memories you had together. She was a gem.



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