Marlyn Brown Turner


“My name is Marlyn! – not Marilyn,” she would often have to say.

image of Marlyn Brown Turner, 2018

Marlyn Brown Turner, 2018

Marlyn was born at home in England, in the house where she grew up with her parents and her image of Marlyn Brown Turnerelder brother and sister.  At school, she was an accomplished athlete and especially loved netball, track, and field hockey.  She was 26 when she emigrated to the United States with her husband and daughter, eventually settling in the Pacific Northwest.

Marlyn was quite friendly and a great story teller.  She just loved to talk!  She greeted everyone with a big smile and absolutely loved making people laugh. Throughout her life she was mischievous, always entertaining, and she loved being the center of attention.  She was a Brit and a brat and proud of it!

Marlyn loved to be outside and was passionate about walking! Downtown Kirkland and Lake Washington Blvd were two of her favorite places to walk.  Summers were filled with visits to street fairs, parks and gardens, antique shops, and the Woodland Park Zoo.  She was happiest when she was out and about.

Marlyn was an avid reader of novels, magazines, and newspapers, and many hours were spent watching the news — she had to know what was going on in the world!  She also loved watching tennis, figure skating, the Olympics, and catching up with Coronation Street.

Marlyn faced many health challenges throughout her life with an “I can do this” attitude.  In the end, Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia gradually cost her her health and eventually took away her freedom.  Nevertheless, she was always independent, energetic, alert, and engaged, and she never lost her voice.  Her voice was her power, her strength, and her protection.

Marlyn is remembered for her quick wit, her unique sense of humour, and her lively spirit.

If desired, please consider donations to the Woodland Park Zoo in her honour.

8 Responses to “Marlyn Brown Turner”

  • Russell Joyner says:

    That’s beautiful Denny, they are lovely words and very fitting. What a amazing woman she was and such good fun to be around. I’ll always have many good memories of my lovely Auntie Marlyn.

  • Mary L O'Malley says:

    I love the picture of her with her arms crossed. I feels like it represents her spunk and here zest for fun!

  • Dana Reed says:

    What a lovely tribute! I enjoyed getting to know more about her life.
    The pictures are wonderful, and her memory is honored.
    We miss her…we won’t ever forget her spirit!

  • Jana Greaton and Family says:

    What a lovely remembrance. Marlyn’s grit and spirit was admirable and will be missed.

  • Loretta Coleman says:

    What beautiful words. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of taking a glimpse into Marlyn’s life. Lots of love xxx

  • Bob Williams and Lynda Standell says:

    She was Auntie Marlyn to our kids. She met them both at the hospital minutes after being born…we all loved her she was part of our family for over40 years. When Marlyn was in our home our at a club watching us sing she was always the life of the party. Life will be less fun without her great sense of humor and sincere sweetness.The world has lost a real gem,but we bet she has God in stitches and He is loving every minute of her presence. Marlyn we love you and miss you terribly.

  • Cynthia J Huggins says:

    Marlyn has been coming to our booth Scotty’s NW for a number of years. She loves the Strawberry Lemonade and the Chowder. We became friends and have had the best times teasing each other about this and that and chatting about our lives. I always look forward to seeing her and will miss her terribly. Thank you Marlyn for making our lives so much fun and exciting! I’ve learned a lot from you and you will not be forgotten.

    Cindy and Scotty Huggins

  • Lynn Purser says:

    On behalf of my mum, Eileen Johnston, and myself, we offer our sympathy on the loss of your mum, but know she will be enjoying life on the other side!
    Happy memories of life in Maple Road, Luton, with her mum, ‘Auntie’ Brown, and your visits back to the UK.

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