Obituary: Marilyn Louise Zeigner July 9, 1927 – Aug. 3, 2022

Our beloved Mother, Marilyn Louise Zeigner, passed away on August 3, 2022, in the presence of her family in Green Valley, Arizona. She was born on July 9, 1927, in Goodland, Sherman County, Kansas to James Wayne Jones and Zoe Boyd Jones. 

Marilyn is survived by her four children, Nancy Wolff (Howard Thorhaug) of St. Maries, Idaho; Mary Pike (Tom Pike) of Las Vegas, Nevada; Judy Trujillo of Green Valley, Arizona; Steven Wolff (Teresa Wright) of Durango, Colorado; step daughter Christina Thompson (Lyman Thompson) of Greenfield, Indiana; special daughter Pilar Tobar De Carbo of Quito, Ecuador; grandchildren Marcella Williams, Kaitlin Wolff, Kelsey Wolff, Kyle Wolff, Sarah Pike, Courtney Finley, Paul Thompson, Thomas Livingston, Angela Livingston, Keith Thorhaug, Greg Thorhaug, Daniel Wright, Natalie Wright, Olivia Wright; several great grandchildren; her sister in law,  Bonnie Jones of St. Francis, Kansas, and three  nieces, a nephew and their children. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Manson Lynn Jones; son Michael Wolff; husband Vernon L. Zeigner; step daughter Victoria Zeigner; and the father of her children, Walter Wolff.

Marilyn was very proud to be an alumna of Kansas State University, where she graduated with a BA in journalism and home economics. She worked in Kansas City, Kansas until her marriage to Walter Wolff in 1951, in Goodland, Kansas. They were later divorced. In 1954, Marilyn and Walt moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico where Marilyn raised her five children, was active in the Los Alamos community, and worked for the Los Alamos School District at Mountain School. 

Marilyn and Vernon Zeigner were married in March, 1991, in Los Alamos and then moved to their home in Green Valley, Arizona. Marilyn loved her Arizona home and the special view of Elephant Head from her patio. Marilyn was devoted to her children, was fiercely independent, enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling, a good game of bridge or scrabble, and in recent years was known for dancing with her daughter. She treasured her friends throughout life, from Kansas to Los Alamos to Green Valley. 

We will miss our dear Mom and Gram so very much, but we know she is resting peacefully and looking forward to her next adventures. We are especially grateful to our sister, Judy, who was Mom’s special companion and helpmate during her last years in Green Valley and to the staff at Silver Springs Assisted Living Facility in Green Valley where Marilyn lived during the last six months of her life. A private family gathering and memorial will be held in Northern New Mexico at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.