Marilyn Rose Reynolds

Marilyn Rose Reynolds, formerly of Waukegan, Illinois, died suddenly on June 24, 2003 in Valdosta, Georgia, while returning from Waukegan to her home in Palm Bay, Florida. She was 70 years old.  She was born in North Chicago, Illinois on December 30, 1932 to Bertha and Louis Rose and was the youngest of seven children.


Marilyn loved all the arts.  She was an avid supporter of the arts and firm believer in arts education for all.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Waukegan for 12 years in several capacities, including Secretary and Treasurer and even acted as Interim Director.  As an artist herself, she particularly enjoyed painting with oils and sculpture.


She was an active member of Congregation Am Echod in Waukegan, IL, and was Secretary of the Board for many years.  After her move to Palm Bay, Florida a year ago, she became a member of Temple Mateh Chaim and had just begun a term as Secretary of the Board for that congregation.


Although she lived in Maryland, California and Connecticut during the time her husband, Richard, was in the Navy, she lived most of her life in the Waukegan/North Chicago area. She made her living as a secretary and word processor, working for a number of companies, including Baxter Healthcare Corporation.


Marilyn is survived by her husband, Richard Reynolds of Florida, daughter Cynthia Reynolds and two grandchildren, Madeleine and Julian Slade of New York.  She is also survived by her four brothers David Rose and William Rose of Illinois, Abby Rose of New Mexico and Samuel Rose of California.  She is predeceased by brother Meyer Rose and sister Shirley Kaplan.  Marilyn will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends.


A funeral was held at the Fountainhead Memorial Park in Palm Bay, Florida on June 27, 2003.  A memorial will be held in Waukegan in October, further information will be announced.  The family requests donations be made to the newly established “Marilyn Rose Reynolds Visual Arts Endowment Fund” at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan, IL  60087.