Marilyn married her childhood sweetheart Dan and they live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She works part time in their greeting card distribution business and also volunteers for Hospice of Chattanooga. However, she always reserves Tuesdays as her Grammie day for her two home-schooled grandsons. Her husband and their daughter Sandy have long encouraged her to write down the stories she uses to teach lessons on life. This was the one that begged to be put into a book.