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Marilyn Deane Frey
December 18, 1937 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Marilyn Frey, an actor at heart, has given her final performance in the play that was her life. The 86-year run featured a supporting cast of her family and friends, which were just about everyone she had ever met. The story line was simple: Marilyn loved them all.
The play began in 1937 in New York, where the early acts were set in a crowded, multi-generational home. Her first leading man was her older brother Henry, whom she adored all of her life. She was always grateful that he insisted to their parents that she be allowed to go to college.
She later co-starred with Alan Feinberg, with whom she had two real characters, her sons Matt and Jim. They grew to be wonderful men but, sadly, their lives ended before hers.
Her final leading man was Eric Erickson, a charming and debonair professor of Psychology at Duke. Marilyn and Eric’s marriage was founded on a deep connection and mutual appreciation for each other’s most special talents.
Marilyn and Eric had close friends around the world. They welcomed visitors and friends, new and old, into their home and their lives. They laughed, danced, hugged and loved.
Even at the end, as her memory began to disappear into the mist, Marilyn continued her performance. She danced and sang and loved her new friends.
Eric survives her, as do her wonderful daughter-in-law Francia, who returned her love and care during the final days, and her husband’s and brother’s children and their families. Her remains will be set free along with those of her son Matt. The memories of her life will remain firmly with those whom she loved and who loved her in return.