Beckwith, Marylyn, Age: 100, Locust

September 22, 2017
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Marylyn Eisner-Beckwith 100, of Palm Beach, Florida and Locust, passed away on Thursday, September 14, quietly at home in Locust. Widow of Robert S. Eisner and Leo M. Beckwith, Marylyn is survived by her two daughters, Katherine G. Eisner and Jan V. Eisner; her stepdaughter, Carol Beckwith; and younger brother, Gilbert Monk.

In 1950, she married Robert Eisner and moved to Red Bank, raising their two daughters and sharing their mutual interests and causes until the time of his death in 1982. A few years later she met and married Leo Beckwith, until his passing in 2004. Her life was filled with purpose and grace, and the love of family, both immediate and extended.

Born and educated in New York, she was discovered by William Saroyan in summer stock theatre, and made her Broadway debut in his Pulitzer prize play “The Time of Your Life.” Other plays included “The Dough Girls,” “Without Love,” “Foolish Notion,” and with Melvyn Douglas in “Two Blind Mice.” Television credits included parts in Studio One, Philco Playhouse and the daytime soap opera “The Secret Storm.” She wrote and directed two documentaries, “A Bridge to Understanding” for Children’s Psychiatric Center, and “At Your Service” for Monmouth Medical Center.

She became chairman of the Monmouth Park Charity Ball auction for 32 years, chairman of the Children’s Psychiatric Center’s annual benefit for 25 years, as well as being on the Board of Trustees of Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital for 16 years. She was an avid tennis player and horse woman. Marylyn was a member of Hollywood Golf Club, Deal, and Banyon Country Club, Palm Beach, Florida.

John Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Please visit Marylyn’s memorial website at

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