Marilyn McLallen Bayne passed peacefully away in the early morning of June 14, 2013 surrounded by the love of her family. She was born to Lyda Mae and Jack McLallen on August 2, 1932 in Vancouver, British Columbia, attended York House in Vancouver, Annie Wright Seminary in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver with a degree in Liberal Arts.
Marilyn’s beauty so graced the campus at UBC that she was named “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi”. On August 7, 1956 she married Charles Watson Bayne, who as Junior Commodore of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club often sailed with his beautiful bride on the waters of English Bay. Marilyn gave birth to their three wonderful children when they lived in the Gleneagles community of West Vancouver. Throughout her long life, Marilyn remained actively engaged in the well-being of Vancouver, which she called “the most beautiful city in the world”, and was a member of many societies and clubs, which included The Marpole Women’s Auxiliary, The University Women’s Club, The Vancouver Club, and The Federation of Canadian Artists. She was a talented and well-known artist whose paintings have brightened the lives of many people. She spent many wonderful days at her seaside cottage near Bates beach where she painted up a storm and indulged her grandchildren in cookies and ice cream and lots of love. Her kindness and generosity and forbearing goodness will be forever remembered and cherished by the many who loved her. Marilyn is survived by her three children, Nickey McLallen (Wylie), Jay Bayne, and Troy Bams (Doug); five grandchildren, Rhiana, Dylan, Lydasue, Madelyn, and Whitman; a sister, Sherry Hausner (Al), and sister-in-law, Joan Mann and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22 (1:00pm) at the Canadian Memorial United Church, 16th and Burrard, Vancouver. Donations may be made in Marilyn’s name to The Canadian Parkinsons Society.