Marlene Lillian Filbert was born on July 13, 1934, in Westerly, RI, and died on December 21, 2018 in St. Louis, MO..

The adopted daughter of a Marine Corps officer, she traveled throughout her childhood from base to base, including Cherry Point, NC, and Pearl Harbor, HI, and she never lost the urge to see something new.

After marrying Garvin P. "Gary" Filbert, former Mexico High School basketball coach, and raising 7 children in Columbia, MO; Mexico, MO, and St. Joseph, MO, she began a career that took her across the American South, including New Orleans, LA, and Biloxi, MS. Often fearless, she enjoyed the excitement of a hurricane and of daringly cheering on the Yankee soldiers in local Civil War reenactments. She retired as a staff employee at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Her career complete, Marlene next relived the childhood excitement of discovering someplace new when she moved to Belize. She enjoyed life there for several years with monkeys and ex-pats, as well as her beloved hurricanes. Illness eventually brought her back to the States and she settled in St. Louis, close to several family members.

She was preceded in death by her first-born son, Scott Taylor Filbert. She is survived by 6 children: Laura M. Zacher, Lisa G. Macon, G. Preston Filbert, Lydia H. Blackwell, Brain D. Filbert, and Brent G. Filbert, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step relations.