She was born Marilynn Janet Landau on October 17, 1931 to Frederick Landau and Agnes Schrier. She grew up in NY City and did quite well in school, having skipped two grades and graduating at 15 years of age. She attended Saint Lawrence University where she met and married Edgar Rumsey in 1949. She gave birth and raised three children, all boys, Frederick, James, and Walter while residing in upstate New York.
Due to health concerns with Edgar, the family re-located to San Diego County in 1972 and eventually settled in Fallbrook. She took a job with Southwest Bank as a teller, eventually promoted to head teller. As a side light, she began to get serious about playing duplicate bridge and soon won enough points to be a life master several times over.
Marilynn founded the Fallbrook Bridge Club in 1980 and offered Monday and Thursday duplicate games. Attendance steadily increased through time to over 100 players. She gave weekly lessons to all comers, novice to expert.
Bridge had become the focus of her life, providing numerous friends through the years. The love and care that she devoted to the running of the club was more than reciprocated by the people in the group. “The love you make is the love you take.”
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Fallbrook Community Center.