Christa Little-Siebold, adjunct professor of anthropology at the College of the Atlantic, Ellsworth, Maine, and a MEF board member: 

I did not know Marilyn well. We met when I was a graduate student in the 90's during AAA and LASA conferences. She impressed me back then as a bright woman with a huge heart that really cared for people in Guatemala (where I am from). She knew how to engage scholars no matter how young we were in what for us was a new context. With time I got to realize how key she had been as a human being in forming and leading the Guatemala Scholars Network to address the ills that affected people in Guatemala. Marilyn was instrumental in bringing Maya scholars (largely unrecognized and unknown and certainly unseen until then) into the scene of US based scholarly conferences. She worked hard with others to lay down the foundation and the pillars of what the Guatemalan Scholars Network has become today. 
          I am also sure that somewhere in Washington, D.C. there must be files and files of the many letters she probably wrote as a concerned US citizen in defense of Guatemalan people. She was also a strong believer in education and became a key person in the Maya Educational Fund (MEF). She retired leaving her own legacy a fund within the MEF for Maya students that could only attend school on weekend plans. 
          She certainly left us, but not without a footprint that has magnifying effects. She was a positive example for all of us left here: to do the best we can, where we are, at this time, with kindness and with a strong vision for justice.