Marilyn Rae Fulop

Marilyn Fulop


April 11, 1934 — July 30, 2017

Marilyn Fulop passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 30, at Providence Seaside Hospital, while holding her daughters’ hands.

She was born in Portland, the only child of Ruth and Abe Bernstein, and was raised in Eastmoreland. She attended St. Helen’s Hall, Pomona College, and Oregon State University. She belonged to the Junior League, Aero Club, Elks Club, Columbia River Yacht Club, Chaparral County Club and the Multnomah Athletic Club.

Marilyn traveled all over the world, and enjoyed owning and operating a travel agency (Travel Counselors) with her husband, Joe, in the 1970s and 1980s. Together they walked the Great Wall of China, swam the Great Barrier Reef, sailed the Nile, and had many other adventures all over the world. She said recently that she had completed everything on her bucket list.

Marilyn’s life was full of friends, volunteer work (including operating the Plastic Lady at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), summers in Gearhart, winters in Palm Desert, and time spent at their Portland home and cruising on their boat

“Lou Ann.” She was beautiful, bright, social, well-spoken and well read, and completed the New York Times crossword in pen every morning. She enjoyed playing golf, dinner parties and card games, and was a killer opponent at Scrabble.

Sadly, in August 2016 the family home in Gearhart had a catastrophic fire, and she never fully recovered from the trauma and smoke inhalation. She was lucky to have lived in three beautiful homes this past year, with Sally and Gretchen alternating care, along with Pete Vitas of Seaside. We are very grateful to Pete for his kindness and care of our mother.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Joe, and a granddaughter, Adrienne (Addy) Darnell.

She is survived by her daughters, Gretchen Darnell of Seaside and Sally Luciak (Waide) of Vancouver, British Columbia; her grandchildren, Lindsey Alldrin, Lauren Oxley (Wyatt), Joe Luciak (Britta), Rachael Luciak and Stephen Luciak; and her great-grandchildren, Joe Alldrin, Ariann and Eliza Oxley and Ayla Luciak.

She was an extraordinary woman, and will be forever missed by family and friends.

No service is planned.

Donations may be made to the Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation, Pet Therapy Fund.

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