Daily Point of Light # 3016 Aug 26, 2005

Marilyn has devoted her life to the development of young people. She is a true example of the 4-H mission-to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, building character, and developing life skills in a fun learning environment that will enable them to become self-directing, productive members of society.

She has volunteered for 52 years as a 4-H leader and during that time, Marilyn has helped plan Leadermete (a state 4-H leader training), served on the Leader Advisory Council, helped with county and state fairs and served as chairperson for the talent contest for 20 years.

Marilyn is the mother of six children and has been a foster placement home for seven Native American children. While raising her children, she continued working toward a degree in education. Twenty years after her high school graduation, Marilyn graduated from college and began as an elementary school resource teacher. She taught for 11 years, when she became school principal. She was principal for 12 more years retiring after 23 years.

During these years, Marilyn continued as a Volunteer 4-H leader, not only for her children, but also in an after school program. She touched hundreds of lives- perhaps the most memorable was teaching a young girl with out an arm how to sew. Marilyn has worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of children and strengthen the 4-H program.

In addition to her countless hours devoted to 4-H, she has fulfilled an LDS mission and served as an election judge. She was an advisor for the Layton City Youth Council 4 years.

Marilyn is currently sharing her talents with the Youth and Families of Promise Program, which is a mentoring program through Utah State University/Davis County 4-H. She helps recruit senior mentors and match them with youth at risk. She not only helps with the “Family Nigh Out” activities, but mentors several children that need a caring adult.

Marilyn is a delightful lady- always cheerful and ready to help anyone in need. She is truly an inspiration and an example of a Governor’s Points of Light recipient.