Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Tx.)
Marilyn Joyce Breeden, 86, much loved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2011, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville.
Marilyn, who was born and raised in a small town in Illinois, was always a big dreamer. At an early age, she knew she wanted to do things and be more than the daughter of the town's banker, much to her father's dismay. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millikin University and also studied at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Marilyn's dream to travel and see the world became a reality when she became a stewardess for Pan American Airways. She was assigned the South American route and flew often to Guatemala, San Juan in Puerto Rico, Colombia, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Her dream destination was Rio but she never made it; instead she was transferred to Brownsville. Her memoir states, "To me Brownsville, Texas, did not exist except as a code name 'BRO' on the flight itinerary; Brownsville, Ugh!"
But Brownsville proved to be good to her, as this is where she met Dan, her future husband and the love of her life. They married, raised three fine sons, Bob, Don and Doug, and built a wonderful life in Brownsville. We are thankful for that.
Marilyn was a young farm girl from a small town, a musician, a college grad and world traveler who went on to become a loving wife and a very, very good mother. She served as a den mother, was an understanding mother-in-law, a confidant, and a tremendous grandmother and great-grandmother to her large family.
Marilyn loved dancing, the PEO, collecting amber, the Pan American Round Table, traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by all those whose lives she touched.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Dan F. Breeden.
Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of her are her children: Robert J. "Bob" (Janet) Breeden, Donald F. "Don" (Luana) Breeden and Douglas W. "Doug" (Dolores) Breeden; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Carol) McCarty, and a sister, Joanne (Bob) Nixon; six nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.