Marilyn Monahan Obituary

Marilyn   Monahan
Marilyn Monahan

June 16, 1947 - June 1, 2019
Born in Santa Ana, CA
Resided in Bend, OR


Marilyn Monahan, née Griset, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2019, in Bend, OR, surrounded by her family.

She was born on June 16, 1946, in Santa Ana, CA, and became the third of six children in her Orange County pioneer family. Marilyn attended Westmont College (Santa Barbara) for two years, then transferred to U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching credentials. This education prepared her for a 33-year career in the Garden Grove Unified School District, where she taught English and computer skills until she retired in 2003.

In 1970 she met the love of her life, Jim Monahan, who worked as a fellow teacher at Irvine Intermediate in Garden Grove. They married in 1971 and raised two children, Wendy and Wesley, in their Huntington Beach home. During her teaching career, Marilyn went above and beyond; she loved her students, had great rapport with colleagues, and enjoyed sharing new technologies.
In 2012 the Monahans moved to Bend, Oregon in order to be near their two grandchildren, Hunter and Henry. Such joy they brought to Marilyn’s life!

Those who knew Marilyn appreciated her positive energy, her sincere interest in people, and her appetite for new experiences - whether it be traveling internationally or becoming president of the “niners” golf league at Awbrey Glen. She was left-handed, tech-savvy, creative, and curious. She had a way of making people feel special through her interest in and support of them. She often put the needs of others before her own.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Jim Monahan, children Wendy McGrane (Ben McGrane), and Wesley Monahan, grandchildren Hunter and Henry McGrane, siblings Dan and Norman Griset and Susan van der Roest, and many in-laws, nephews and nieces. A celebration of Marilyn’s life will occur in Bend on June 7th at 3 to 5 PM at the Awbrey Glen Golf Club and in Santa Ana from 4 to 7 PM on July 27th at the home of Martin and Susan van der Roest.




Celebration of Life
Awbrey Glen Golf Club
2500 Awbrey Glen Dr
Bend, OR US 97701
Friday, June 7, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM