Marilyn Arthene Felix

Jan 15, 1923 – Apr 29, 2016

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Our beloved Marilyn slipped peacefully into heaven on April 29, 2016, after a very short illness.  She was born January 15, 1923, in Minneapolis, where she lived until her marriage to Rollie Felix.  They moved to Washington and she lived the rest of her life in south Seattle, Des Moines, and Burien.  She was preceded in death by her son, John (1972) and her husband, Rollie (1977)

Nothing was more important to Marilyn than her family!  She made her home a warm and wonderful place to be.  She was a loving, patient, and fun-filled mother to Terry Leffard (Ray) and Mary Kay Ault (Jon); grandmother to Julie, Shawna, and Katie; great-grandmother to Derek, Salena, and Haley; and great-great-grandmother to Jayce.  She was never happier than when babysitting her little ones or hosting a big family dinner.

Her second great love was music.  She began studying piano at age 8, and within several years was enrolled in the McPhail School of Music from which she graduated at 19.  (Listen to the first movement of Beethoven’s Emperor concerto, and picture Marilyn at the piano during her commencement!)  She became a teacher at McPail, and passed her talent on to hundreds of students over 40 years of piano lessons in Minneapolis, Burien, and Des Moines.

She happily accompanied many school programs for Mary Kay, and always loved to play the piano at home while family members sang along.

While at McPhail Marilyn also took art classes.  She worked with chalks, charcoal, and oil paints, and later in her life created many beautiful water color pictures.  One of her favorite memories was of leaving McPhail with a finished painting under her arm when she was spotted by Rollie, who talked the receptionist into giving him her phone number!

The Felixes lived at the northwest corner of SeaTac Airport until the expansion of the Port of Seattle caused them to move to Des Moines.  There Marilyn  could often be seen working in her yard and garden, and became something of a fixture in the area, walking the length and breadth of the city in her white beret. 

Another great interest of hers was trains.  Her father spent his career working for the Great Northern Railroad, and she often reminisced about the by-gone elegance of train travel. She was also an avid baseball fan (having been quite a tomboy in her youth) and could be heard rooting loudly for the Mariners!

Marilyn was a true “people person!”  She was devoted to children, who were always drawn to her warm attention. She was a loyal friend who loved to laugh, talk, and write & receive endless cards and letters.  She was an empathetic listener. She had a giving soul and went out of her way to help people — even relative strangers — in any way she could.  Family and friends were saddened by the Alzheimers which slowly enveloped the last decade of her life, and we thank Burien Nursing and Rehabiliation for the loving care they gave her.  Through it all, her sweet personality always shined through, and she never stopped singing! 

Good-bye, Mom — we will always love you and will always remember what you taught us, through your example, about how to lead a good life.


Reinhard Händler
Schenklengsfeld, Ge
Jun 1, 2016

She was a wonderful person and she had a lot of influence to me for my life - to look forward and keep postive and friendly to other ones.

I'll never forget her, especially our arrival at the busstation in Seattle at midnight when she gave us some sandwiches to kill the night and a moment later after asking her husband, she offered us to stay in your trailer infront of the door. It was a unforgetable time and later our permanent contact through all these years.

I missed her yearly letter, since she couldn't remember me.

Edna Heine
Camano Island, WA
May 23, 2016

I took piano lessons as an adult from Marilyn when we lived in Burien. What a wonderful experience for me, a mother of 3 young children. to do something for myself. MARILYN's encouragement and gift for teaching is something I'll never forget. Thank you Marilyn for that gift. My sympathy to her family.

Virginia (Teske) Higgins
Port Townsend, WA
May 22, 2016

Terry and Mary Kay, I was saddened to see the passing of your mother. She was a special person and I know my brother Ted Senecal was very fond of her and your family.

God Bless you all and I will keep you in my prayers.

Jane and Craig Mattson
Des Moines , WA
May 20, 2016

Marilyn was an awesome neighbor. She was always out in her yard or walking down to the store, I offered her a ride many times and she always turned me down saying she needed to walk. She was always cheerfull and had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed.

Roeun Roeub
burien, wa
May 19, 2016

Marilyn was loved. She had a smile on when she talked. No matter what the conversation was. There are reasons why people come into our live. I am glad my experience with Marilyn was a positive and memorial one.

Patricia Dahl
Maple valley, , Wa
May 16, 2016

I will always remember the first day of our daughters kindergarten. You asked me to watch Mary Kay a few minutes while you took John to first grade. Our daughters each had long curls in their hair; one blonde and one dark brown. They formed a life long friendship and are friends to this day. You also gave my son piano lessons he wishes to this day he had continued , You left many wonderful memories to many different people.

Mabel Gutenberger
Port Ludlow,, WA
May 15, 2016

Marilyn was so beautiful, both inside and outside! Living next door to the Felix family was so very special to my family. We loved you all.

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