OBITUARY

Marilyn Joan Mattys

March 23, 1945April 12, 2021
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Marilyn Joan Mattys, longtime educator and theatre artist, and beloved wife, mother, and friend, took her final bow on Monday, April 12, surrounded by her family, following a short illness. She was 76.

Marilyn was the second daughter born to Harold and Mary Ruth Stains and grew up in Pennsylvania and Ohio. She earned her BA in Speech at the College of Wooster, where, as she would frequently remind her family whenever she did something silly, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She subsequently earned an MA at Illinois State University and an MFA from the University of Virginia and enjoyed a long career as an educator and theatre artist, starting with her early days working summer stock at Canal Fulton Theatre in Ohio in the 1960s. As an actress, Marilyn graced the stages of her academic institutions as well as Wayside Theatre in Middletown, Virginia, and Heritage Repertory Theatre in Charlottesville. She also directed shows in academic settings and briefly served as Artistic Director of Pit & Balcony Theatre in Saginaw, Michigan, and as a guest director at Wayside. Marilyn taught students of all ages throughout her life, including at the Bollingbrook Day School in Petersburg, the Colorado Springs School, UVA, Piedmont Community College, and finally Randolph-Macon College, where she taught for almost 25 years until her retirement. RMC alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as the local community, may remember her adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," which ran at the college every December from 1990 to 2015. An avid reader and writer, Marilyn also worked at the Pamunkey Regional Library for more than 15 years.

Left standing in ovation after the curtain are Marilyn's husband of 52 years, Joe, her two children, Patrick and Devon, and her treasured grandson Joe Mattys III, all of the Richmond area. She is also survived by her sister Barbara Andrews and niece Erin (Brad) Brown, both of Michigan; nephew James Andrews, of Pennsylvania; and brother Hal (Barb) Stains, of Ohio. Further left to cherish her memory are dear friends, former students, and extended family around the country. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and a menagerie of beloved pets spanning 70 years, with whom her family has always known she would be thrilled to reunite.

Marilyn’s quick wit and wicked sense of humor will be missed most by those closest to her. She loved theatre, bridge, word games, murder mysteries, tea, and her cats. To honor her memory, go take in a show, do a word jumble, ruminate over a cup of hoji-cha, or just curl up with a good book and a temperamental feline. Remember her, too, whenever you laugh. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Richardson's Rescue, CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation, or the Theatre Program at Randolph-Macon.

  • FAMILY

  • Joe Mattys, Husband of 52 years
  • Patrick and Devon Mattys, Children
  • Joe Mattys, III, Grandson
  • Barbara Andrews, Sister
  • Erin Brown (Brad), Niece
  • James Andrews, Nephew
  • Hal Stains (Barb), Brother

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

Memories

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Ned Moore

April 18, 2021

So sorry for your loss, Joe. It was a treat being with Marilyn and you during my years at Randolph-Macon, and I am deeply saddened at her passing. Do know that my daughter Amanda Moore joins me in condolences -- as a child she was part of Marilyn's "Christmas Carol" cast for a number of years, an experience that was very special to her, particularly with the remarkable creativity, guidance and mentoring that Marilyn provided. We'll miss her! With deepest sympathy - Ned

Laurie Waalkes

April 18, 2021

Mrs. Mattys taught me to accept compliments graciously. I was a student of hers years ago at the Colorado Springs School.

Maria Scott

April 18, 2021

Dear Joe,
I am so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was always a vibrant presence, and so pasionate about life. My prayers for you and yur family.

Paula and Michael Frease

April 17, 2021

Dear Joe and family,
We send you our deep condolences on Marilyn's death. We so value memories of our friendship during the time you were both in Colorado Springs and Marilyn at CSS. What a wonderfully creative and outgoing person she was. Her obituary so well reflects that. Now we hope your memories of your lives together bring you strength and comfort. With sympathy, Paula and Michael Frease

Bitsy Johnson

April 17, 2021

I can’t find the words to express how much Marilyn meant to me. I will always remember her wit and her laughter and her dramatic presence. She is much beloved in this house. In the brief time she was granted on earth, Marilyn impacted so many lives, but none more so than her family- we are thinking about you and love you all ❤️

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Marilyn, left, with older sister Barbara

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2 September 1968

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Joe and Marilyn in the 1969 ISU production of "Uncle Vanya"

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Marilyn, left, with older sister Barbara

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2 September 1968

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Joe and Marilyn in the 1969 ISU production of "Uncle Vanya"

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spouses and best friends

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