Marilynn Popkin Faust

by | Nov 26, 2018 | Obituaries

Sun Valley , California—Marilynn Popkin Faust, age 82, died peacefully on October 31, 2018, in Sun Valley, California, near the children and grandchildren she loved so well.

Marilynn was an extraordinary mother and grandmother, a devoted wife, a steadfast friend, and a kind soul. She loved and doted upon children, made houseplants flourish with the greenest of thumbs, and humored children’s foibles with an open heart and with great patience. Her many friends and relatives recall her loving, warm nature with affection and remember her as a generous and gregarious woman who loved small gatherings and conversation, and whose adherence to the tenets and observations of her Jewish faith, while somewhat selective, was genuine and deeply held. Many of her and her children’s friends have commented on how special she was to them and they recall her fondly even if she has not seen them in decades.

Marilynn is survived by her sons, Mark Faust, of Oakton, Va., Brett Faust, of Puyallup, Wash., and Gregory Faust, of Sun Valley. She is also survived by three daughters-in law: Karis Faust of Oakton, Sandra Scannell Faust of Puyallup, and Marie Faust of Sun Valley; and by three grandchildren: Maxwell Faust, Grace Pounders, and Ava Faust, all of Sun Valley.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband David Warren Faust, of Forest Hills, New York, who passed away on January 4, 1976 at age 45, and her parents, Dora Horenstein Popkin and Max Popkin, of Norfolk.

Marilynn was born on June 16, 1936 in Norfolk and was raised and lived there at a house on Georgia Avenue in Colonial Place until her marriage in June, 1956. She graduated from Maury High School in 1954 and attended college at William and Mary extension, Norfolk (now Old Dominion University).

She and Warren lived in Norfolk; Brunswick, Maine; Ewa Beach, Hawaii; and Tom’s River, New Jersey before returning to Norfolk, where they resided in Roosevelt Gardens with their growing family of small children for five years. In 1966, they moved to Silver Spring, Maryland after Warren accepted a position with RCA at Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. They resided in Kemp Mill with their children until his death, and the house remained her home until she moved to Leisure World in 2007. After Warren Faust’s death, she worked nearly 20 years as a data clerk for Citizens Savings and Loan of Maryland. She also was a longtime Avon sales representative. She moved to Glendale, Calif. in 2015 to be near the grandchildren she so cherished and loved and lived there and in Sun Valley until her death.

A funeral took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. Rabbi Dr. Michael Panitz of Temple Israel officiated.

The family thanks Rabbi Panitz for his help in planning Marilynn’s internment. Donations to Children’s Hospital of The Kings Daughters in Norfolk, Debra Levy Eldercare Associates of Silver Spring, Maryland, and the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, Maryland.