Marilyn Lamb Wirth
April 24, 1937-March 8, 2013
Marilyn Lamb Wirth passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, from pancreatic cancer at home with her husband, Gary F. Wirth, at her side.
Marilyn, who was 75 years old, was born on April 24, 1937, and a life-long resident of Sutter and Yolo counties, living in Woodland, for the past 55 years. Marilyn was born in Sacramento and spent her childhood on the Lamb Ranch owned by her father, Clifton Lamb, and his brothers. She graduated from Woodland High School in 1955 and from UC Berkeley in 1959. At UC Berkeley, she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, and remained active with Pi Beta Phi throughout her life, even helping to establish the UC Davis chapter in the early 1980s.
Marilyn was executive director of United Way in Woodland, from 1983-1995. A committed volunteer with a humanitarian spirit, Marilyn served several organizations. She was president and board member of CommuniCare Health Centers and the Gibson House Museum. She was one of the first female members of the Woodland Noon Rotary Club and was a member of Omega Nu. For more than 50 years, she was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Woodland, serving on the vestry. In 2012, Marilyn was presented with the Community Service Award by the city of Woodland. The award honored her, “For giving selflessly of your time, energy and talent to the citizens of Woodland; thus enriching our lives, fostering a true sense of community and inspiring us all to a higher level of service.”
Marilyn was a voracious reader who belonged to several book clubs. Also an avid bridge player, she was a member of a bridge club in Woodland that has been in existence for more than 50 years. Marilyn loved to cook, and baking cakes was a passion.
In 1995, Marilyn married Woodland architect Gary F. Wirth. Their years together were some of the happiest times of Marilyn’s life. They traveled the world and spent time at their homes in Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe and Dunsmuir. They were members of Yolo Fliers Golf and Country Club and shared a passion for museums, rock art, adventure travel and socializing. Marilyn was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Giants, and was ecstatic when the Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012.
Marilyn was loved by many and will be missed. She is survived by her husband Gary; her children Clifton Davis, Rosamond Davis and Peter Davis; her step-children Carrie Wirth Binder and Courtland Wirth; her sister Rosamond Lamb Vallejo; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 18, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 515 Second St., Woodland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CommuniCare of Yolo County, the Gibson House Museum, or to a charity of the donors’ choice.