Marilyn Mayberry Arthur, 80, a Pinehurst, NC resident for over 20 years, passed away peacefully in Sarasota, FL on November 11, 2014 with her two children, Lori and David, by her side. Marilyn was born on January 24, 1934 to Mary May Mayberry and Thomas Clyde Mayberry in Steubenville, Ohio. Marilyn was raised in Detroit, MI and attended Redford High School. She graduated from Duke University with a BA degree in 1956 where she majored in Art History. She was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Marilyn also resided in Bethesda, MD, Columbus, OH, Summit, NJ, and Hong Kong. She traveled the world and embraced every culture and destination she visited. Marilyn had a life-long interest in and passion for art, and was a painter, sculptor and well known jeweler. She volunteered and was a docent at many art galleries, and served on several boards at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art, where she was a supporter of many creative and innovative exhibitions.
Marilyn is survived by her sister, Mary Mayberry Heim; former husband William R. Arthur; and her two children, Lori (Tom Stroud) of Menlo Park, CA, and David (Jennifer) of Plantation, FL. She is also survived by her grandson, Ted Arthur; and her nieces Karen Heim and Yvonne Hart. She had many admirers and dear friends including John Newcomer, of Sarasota, Fl.
A memorial and celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Duke University in memory of Marilyn M. Arthur for the Nasher Museum of Art for the Marilyn M. Arthur Fund. Please mail to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705. Or, donations may be made to the University of Florida Medical School’s Hematology/Oncology research program in memory of Marilyn M. Arthur. Please mail to the University of Florida Foundation, Inc., Fund # F016413 for Hematology/Oncology Research and Education, P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425.