OBITUARY: Marilyn Dreben, 88

Marilyn Drebenentered into rest on June 29, 2023, at the age of 88. Beloved wife of (the late) Arthur “Buddy” Dreben and devoted mother of Ron Dreben. Cherished grandmother of James Dreben. Loving mother-in-law of Alison Richards. Dear friend of her neighbors on Vassar Road and fellow residents of Coral Sea Towers, Bay Harbor Islands FL.

She grew up in Everett and received an associate degree from Boston University. She spent her adult life in Marblehead caring for her husband and raising her son “by hand”.

She was a dedicated member of Temple Emanuel and the Dolphin Yacht Club.  She loved the family sailboat, Dyaynu, her 1983 silver T-top ZX, dancing, bridge, playing piano, sunbathing, Judge Judy, and the Patriots. She worked on three movies in Marblehead:  Home Before Dark (1958) (stand in for Jean Simmons); Grown Ups 2 (2013) (the Vassar road house was David Spade’s bachelor pad); and Hubie Halloween (2020) (photo double for June Squibb). She crossed paths with Frank Sinatra, Shakira, and Adam Sandler. She was featured in the Jewish Journal in August 2019  But she may be remembered most for her endless smile and contagious enthusiasm.

A private funeral was held at Shirat Hayam Cemetery in Peabody on July 2. A celebration of life for friends and family will be held in the future.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via, or to Gift of Life, 5901 Broken Sound Pkwy NW, Suite 600, Boca Raton, FL 33487 or via

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