Marilyn L (Paxton) Robertson: 1933-2022


Marilyn L (Paxton) Robertson of Eureka passed on September 1, 2022, age 89. Marilyn was born February 13, 1933 in San Bernardino, California, the eldest of four children. She moved to Northern California in the early 50s with her first husband Willard Watts and two small children, Linda and Tony Watts. She was working for the phone company when she met and married James ‘Fuzzy’ Robertson. They purchased the current home in 1958 and had three children together: Joe, Ruthie, and Lori and a stepson, Jimmy Robertson, joined their blended family. Marilyn balanced homemaking, child-rearing and outside employment with PG&E and Dr. Richard Wissinger.

“One year, she was room mother at Freshwater School and transformed herself into the Wicked Witch of the West (complete with full green makeup, pointed hat and cackle) and even scared her own children who didn’t know who she was,” fondly remembers her sister-in-law, Roxie Paxton.

Fuzzy was a teamster and retired from the short-haul trucking industry and together they delighted in spending time with the grandchildren. Everyone who knew her will miss her intelligence, love for the wildlife, and her fresh tortilla and beans dinners with the family! She was very creative and talented: sewing Halloween costumes and clothes for her kids; making popcorn balls for the neighborhood parties, whistling to her kids for them to come home, her attachment to the wringer washers for doing the family laundry and drying the clothes on the line!

Marilyn was preceded in death by daughter Linda, husband Fuzzy, grandson Cody Watts, stepson Jimmy Robertson; her parents and three siblings. Surviving her are her children Tony and Marilee Watts (Reno, Nevada), Joe (Eureka), Ruthie Robertson & Paul Shoen (Gardnerville, Nevada) and Lori and Mike Koehnen (Chico); brother Tim and Roxie Paxton, Eureka; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held in the future.

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