Marilyn Janet Walter
Jan. 28, 1926-May 29, 2018
Portola Valley, California
Early on the morning of May 29, 2018, Marilyn Janet Walter, beloved mother and long time resident of Portola Valley, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home she loved and lived in for over 40 years. We are so grateful for a life well and fully lived -- she was a prime example of active and elegant living.
Born in Tacoma, WA on January 28, 1926 to Louise Janet (Loomis) and Melvin John Muckey, she attended Annie Wright Seminary for high school and then Barnard College in New York. Her high school senior quote remained applicable to her life up through her last day: “The charm of life is in its living.” Throughout all her adventures, she lived each day the best way she knew how.
Upon her return home from university, she met and married Carroll Harding Walter. They lived in South America for the next 11 years. She welcomed three sons while moving from NY to Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Seattle, Montreal and finally to Portola Valley in 1968. The sons have many fond memories of summers spent at their home in Lakebay, WA, where they swam and fished and where Marilyn found peace amidst her hiking trails and the Puget Sound. An avid outdoors-woman, she hiked her way across the continents and invested her time and resources into many causes. She cared deeply about education and quietly helped promising youth with their schooling both in the U.S. and during her time in South America.
In 1976, and she became the first resident of a new community, Portola Valley Ranch. A cornerstone of the Ranch, she acted as a sales agent, welcoming committee, and trail guardian for the remaining forty-two years of her life. She loved the land and over the years was deeply involved with committees at both the Ranch and the Town of Portola Valley.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Harding Walter, and brother, John (Jack) Joseph Muckey. She is survived by her three sons, Jeffrey, Matthew, and Andrew; her grandchildren Mallory, Grant, Christianne, and Cole; as well as a host of friends around the world. She has requested that any donations in her honor be made to Peninsula Open Space Trust, an organization whose mission she loved and was a supporter of for nearly forty years. A memorial service is planned at Christ Church Portola Valley-Woodside on Sunday, August 19th at 2pm.