Marilyn Meek Matherne was born April 17, 1945 in Washington D.C., to Col. Harold B. Meek and Margaret K. Meek. Her father, a US Marine, was awarded the Legion of Merit in World War II for his efforts in Guadalcanal, and his military career took the family to Hawaii, Virginia Beach, Brazil—where Marilyn became fluent in Portuguese—and, finally, Coronado.
Marilyn graduated from Coronado High School in 1963 and went on to attend the University of Southern California. She was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and graduated with honors, earning a BA in Spanish in 1967. After meeting her future husband, Albert Matherne of Louisiana, at a Fourth of July pool party in Coronado when he was in UDT, the two finished college then settled in San Diego and had two children.
Albert lost his battle with melanoma in 1980 and Marilyn moved the family back “home” to Coronado. On the island, she ran her own property management business for decades with honesty and integrity, cheered on her son at his water polo games, and supported her daughter’s writing career with love and pride. She could often be seen walking or running around town or strolling along the beach, collecting sand dollars. She didn’t like to cook. She did love dancing, Billy Joel, and just getting in the car and going somewhere.
While fiercely strong and independent, she was also a loving mother and proud grandmother who will be deeply missed by the surviving members of her family, including a daughter, Marisa (Jon) Reichardt of Hermosa Beach, a son, Michael (Liane) Matherne of San Diego, and two granddaughters, Kai and Julia.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.