Marilyn Skinner (Tolley) Jenkins, born Sept. 28, 1930 died March 30, 2018. Born in Elgin, Illinois and raised in nearby Macomb, daughter of Donald B. and Winnifred (Minck)Tolley. Athletics, academics and arts all featured brightly in her colorful life. A championship golfer, competitive diver and all around athlete in the great outdoors Marilyn attended Vassar College graduating in 1951. Marilyn then worked at the Boston Museum for a year and found Museum Work to be her occupational dream. Next Marilyn spent a year volunteering at the Grenfell mission in Newfoundland where she met the father of her children, John Charles Jenkins, and travelled by schooner to Nova Scotia where she married and worked at the Nova Scotia museum both before and after her six children were born. Attending Western University for her Education Degree Marilyn qualified to work at the Royal Ontario Museum. She loved the ROM and biked there nearly every day for over 25 years where her spectrum of skills in Native History, Natural history and Egyptology were revealed to thousands of school visitors.
A talented clarinet and guitar player, Marilyn loved music and she and her children all enjoyed playing and singing together, several becoming career musicians in their own right.
Predeceased by older sister June (Neathammer), survived by her six children, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Marilyn's last years were filled with joy and comfort despite her declining health by the wonderful staff and residents at Christie Gardens, whom she was so blessed to know. Memorial will be at Manor Road United Church, 11 a.m. on July 28.