Obituary of Marilyn Geary
Marilyn Marie Benjamin Geary was born May 29, 1937 in French Camp, California just outside of Stockton. She passed away December 26, 2019 from cancer. She was the third child to Arthur and Ida Benjamin. Her father owned a bakery where Marilyn and her siblings worked after school and on weekends. Much of family life would revolve around this bakery as well as the farmland of the Central Valley.
Marilyn loved school. She graduated from Stockton High School at the age of 16 years. Marilyn attended both University of the Pacific and California State University, Sacramento. She started as a music major but found her life calling in Early Childhood Education. Marilyn would teach elementary school teacher for over 50 years with most of these years spent teaching second grade. She began her teaching career at Jefferson Elementary in Stockton. After a few years in the regular classroom, Marilyn went to graduate school at California State University, San Bernardino to earn a special teaching credential in Reading and Literacy.
Marilyn loved teaching. Teaching was more than a profession: it was her calling. She remembered the names of all her students and enjoyed following their life journey’s into adulthood. Even after retirement, Marilyn found joy in substitute teaching. She enjoyed the children as well as mentoring younger teachers. Marilyn taught at both Hennessy Elementary and Bell Hill Schools in the Grass Valley School District.
In 1960, Marilyn married Lawrence Dan Geary. They were married for 39 years until his passing in 1989.
Marilyn was proceeded in death by her husband, eldest brother Arthur Benjamin jr (Joan Benjamin ), niece Barbara and nephew Eric.
Marilyn is survived by her children Debra Geary Hook (Frederic Hook), Kirk Geary (Shauna Geary); her grandchildren Kayla Geary, Christian Woodruff Layton, Nathan Droivold, Tyler Droivold, and Shawn Droivold; her siblings Clarence Benjamin and Pamela Roderick; nieces Susan Benjamin, Kristina Benjamin, Natalie Johnson, Tawni Johnson; and nephews Darrell Johnson Jr, Marcus Hall, Mark Benjamin, and Steven Benjamin.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to Sammie’s Friends or the Nevada County Pets in Need (NCPN) would be appreciated. Donations of goods are very deeply appreciated by both thrift stores. http://www.sammiesfriends.org and https://nevadacountypetsinneed.org/
A Celebration of Life will be held February 8th at 11am at the First Baptist Church in Grass Valley at 1866 Ridge Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
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