Marilyn McGinnis Lumia died in her home July 16th with her husband Gus and sister Bonnie at her side. Family and friends may say their final farewell to Marilyn at Thomason Funeral Home on Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley, Texas from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 20th. There will be a Mass at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Wimberley on Friday, July 21st at 11:00 AM, followed by a gravesite ceremony at Saint Mary’s Cemetery.
Marilyn was born on November 4, 1941 to James and Wilma McGinnis. Her husband Gus, his daughters Danielle and Celeste, her daughter Karen and son David, as well as her five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, her sister Bonnie, and her brothers Steve and Randy all survive her. Marilyn attended college and university while supporting herself and her two children, Karen and David, by teaching guitar. She performed regularly at the Troubadour in Hollywood and did a stint on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour television show, singing and playing guitar. Marilyn accepted a contract writing music and lyrics for Dunhill Records.
Marilyn earning a PhD in anatomy at UCLA, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University in New York City and then joined the faculty at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan in the department of anatomy, where she continued her teaching and research career and earned the rank of full professor.
Marilyn continued her research at Texas State University at San Marcos, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The Marilyn McGinnis Lumia Scholarship has been established in the Center for Texas Music History to commemorate her love of music and education. Professor Gary Hartman, director of the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University, will administer the scholarship. Please make donation checks payable to Texas State University-Marilyn McGinnis Lumia Scholarship Fund and mail to Dr. Gary Hartman, History Department, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. Please call or email (512-587-9931 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
For more information, call Thomason Funeral Home at (512) 396-2300 or visit www.thomasonfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book.