Marilynn Jean Sikes

November 6, 1952April 5, 2020

Marilynn Jean Little Sikes was born in Buffalo, NY, on November 6, 1952, the daughter of James Little, Jr., and Delores Agnes Donahue Little. She passed from this life in Charlotte, NC, suddenly on Sunday, April 5, 2020, as the result of a stroke.

Marilynn was an educator. She loved teaching science. She did chemistry demonstrations at Discovery Place -- from volunteer to Director of Public Programs and back to volunteer after teaching middle school science for a time. She was a vigorous Girl Scout Leader. She combined these two passions in the "Bridging the Gap" program she developed for teaching science to Girl Scouts and giving them confidence in pursuing science.

Marilynn was an active member and officer of the American Chemical Society. She showed her concern for others in her activity on the Committee for Chemists with Disabilities. Marilynn was a very active member of the liturgical team at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, serving as a sacristan for a number of years.

Marilynn met and married her husband, Ed Sikes, at the University of Georgia. They had 49 wonderful years together. She earned a BS in Biochemistry at UGA. At the University of Wisconsin, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's in Gifted Education. She also played goalie on the UW Women's Hockey Club.

Marilynn earned her A+ in parenting as the mother of Maureen, Daniel, and the twins, Kathryn and Evelyn. Marilynn was the "rock" for her husband and her children -- and also for number of her children's friends. She shined her light on many people.

Marilynn enjoyed reading. She was a big fan of Star Trek and Star Wars.

Marilynn is survived by her mother, Delores Little; her husband, Ed Sikes; her four children: Evelyn Sikes and Maureen Hart (Travis) all of Charlotte, Daniel Sikes (Stacy) of Portland, OR, and Kathryn Griffith (Jimmy) of Asheville, NC; as well as her granddaughter, Alice Hart of Charlotte; brother, William Little of Galveston, TX; and sister, Carolynn Segers of Albany, GA.

Marilynn's life will be celebrated in a private service. A larger memorial service is anticipated at a later date when the public can again participate safely in traveling and gathering.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Discovery Place; Girl Scouts of America; or a charity of your choice.


  • Marilynn's Life will be celebrated in a Private Service


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Diane Morgan

April 5, 2021

Marilynn was a great Girl Scout and an insperation to all that knew her. Ive had the pleasure of working with her not only in Girl Scouts but at Discovery Place. She was the best teacher and supervisor. She is truly missed and loved by all that knew her.
So sorry for your loss. Much love to each of you.

Frances D’Amato

April 5, 2021

Marilyn was an inspiration to me. She was always early and ready before Mass to be sure the lectures and those giving out communion were present and ready.
She welcomed every person with a smile. I’m praying for Marilyn and her family on this anniversary. A year just isn’t enough time in missing her. I close my eyes and see her smile. We’ll all remember her face as we pray for her.

Amie Norton

June 26, 2020

I remember Marilynn for her passion. She encourage me to take the torch on some of her projects for CWD. Marilynn was a great individual encourager of us all. She was a spitfire who handle herself well. I enjoyed sharing updates with Marilynn. She always was excited to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Charlie Chirchirillo

April 15, 2020

Dear Ed,

Jonni and I are so sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do and know you are in our prayers.


Hilary Davidson

April 15, 2020

Condolences to all the family and friends of Marilynn. I was so saddened to hear about Marilynn’s passing. She was such a committed, smart and dependable advocate for science in the Charlotte community, and I was fortunate to work with her for many years as part of the Charlotte Area Science Network. Marilynn was one of our founding members, and a key organizer of CASN’s “science cafes” that helped share interesting science with the community. She was also a devoted science fair judge, committed to helping aspiring chemists. Marilynn positively impacted so many and will truly be missed. - Hilary Davidson, President Emeritus, Charlotte Area Science Network

Susan Dhonau

April 10, 2020

Discovery Place Science is sadden to hear the news of our beloved Marilynn's passing. Marilynn was a part of the Discovery Place family and was respected for her gift of teaching Chemistry. I was personally thrilled to have Marilynn come back to Discovery Place as a volunteer. She was not only a volunteer, but a friend and I admired and loved her.

Our prayers are going out to Ed and the children.

With love and respect,
Susan Dhonau, Director, Volunteer Services

Patty Frame

April 10, 2020

My deepest sympathies go out to your family at this time of sorrow. I have found comfort in the good memories of my Dad and I hope you find comfort in your good memories too.

Jeanne Imbrigiotta

April 9, 2020

We will always fondly remember our weekends in Shenandoah with the Sikes family. Marilynn always had the food prep down to a science. Still remember her wild blueberry pancakes and homemade syrup.
We are so very sorry.
The Imbrigiotta Family

Frances D’Amato

April 9, 2020

Marilyn was so present to me before Mass as we assembled to say a pray and ready ourselves for our ministry. We all relied on her and I will forever remember her smile whenever we met.
I will miss her.

Lydia Hines

April 9, 2020

Sincerest condolences to the family - may God bless you with His peace and comfort as you consider the blessings you shared as a family with Marilynn. Over the years my interaction with her was predominantly through our shared participation on American Chemical Society committees where she was an advocate for consideration of the young and the disadvantaged in any programs developed.