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Memorial created 05-4-2017 by
Carl Benedict
Marilyn Elinor Batter Benedict
February 2 1925 - April 7 2017



This online memorial was created in loving memory of Marilyn Benedict, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Marilyn's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Marilyn forever.




Born February 2, 1925, in Brooklyn, New York, she was a daughter of the late Carl John and Gertrude Beyer Batter. 




She was the fourth of five siblings: Gertrude (center), Dottie (top right), Carl (top left) Marilyn (front left), and Margie (front right).




Marilyn met Johnny Benedict in 7th grade when he sat behind her in homeroom and pulled her hair, 




which began a relationship





that continued for 73 years until John's death in 2010.



She was a 1943 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School, where she played basketball and was a cheerleader (front row, first from the left). 




She also taught classes when Blair teachers went to war.




She attended Northwestern Univeristy, where she also took flying lessons, 




and became a World War II bride when Johnny proposed to her while home on leave from the war.



The newlyweds spent their first year of marriage in Wiesbaden, Germany, during the occupation period.



They returned home by ship from Germany with Marilyn pregnant with their first child, John, Jr., otherwise known as Rocky.




Before long the family grew to five with the addition of Carl and Linda, 




and 15 years later, Laura came along. 



Marilyn served as a bookkeeper for 40 years, mostly working at home, for the Carlton Club, a Washington DC executives club co-founded by her father.



She served in other bookkeeping positions over the years and retired in the 1990s.



She was a highly energetic and spunky woman with a wicked sense of humor.  She was a feminist ahead of her time.  



She enjoyed playing cards and slots and handicapping harness racehorses, taking car repair classes... 



...and leading Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, making lists about anything, and cheering at her children and grandchildren's sporting events (except lacrosse, she hated lacrosse).




She liked drinking pina coladas, crafting and sewing and knitting, reading mysteries with a strong female protagonist... 




...and playing Words with Friends on her iPad, and spoiling her grandkids and great-grandkids. 


She enjoyed listening to Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand, discovering the best gadget for the job, organizing Blair reunions, going to Broadway shows and the movies... 




...and cancelling her husband's vote in every election! 


She was like a teenager trapped in a 92-year old body who was always game for playing a prank on the kids, flying kites at the beach, racing her shopping cart at the store, and doing underwater backflips in the pool at age 89.   




But most of all, Marilyn loved hosting her annual cousins' party,




holiday celebrations,




and ANY family gathering where she could sit back and watch her entire family enjoying each other. 




Marilyn lived for her family, and we all bathed in her endless love!


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