Marillys (Marty) Warren Wallin Waterson of Cresskill, N.J., died Feb. 3 in Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, N.J. She was 80.

Marty was born July 24, 1936 in Amsterdam, N.Y., and was raised in Loudonville, N.Y. She attended St. Agnes School in Albany, N.Y., and graduated from St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Md. She graduated from Endicott College in Beverly with an Associate of Science degree. While at Endicott, she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society and the Christian Fellowship Organization, and she served on the staff of the school newspaper.

After completing college, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C., and then for the Sigma Nu Fraternity national headquarters in Lexington, Va. Later in life she worked for the Equitable Life Insurance Company in New York city before operating her own company called Present-ly, representing unique gift lines.

From 1966 to 1995 she lived in Tenafly, N.J., where she raised her family. For many years she was a member of the Englewood Field Club. She was active at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood, where she helped start an organization called FISH that assisted the community’s less fortunate residents. She also had been a member of The Church of the Atonement in Tenafly.

Marty was happiest on Martha’s Vineyard, where she summered as a child and most of her adult life. For many years, she was a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club and the Edgartown Tennis Club. She made Edgartown her permanent residence from 1995 until 2013, when she moved to Cresskill to spend her remaining years. While living on Martha’s Vineyard, Marty was a member of the Portuguese-American Club and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown. During the years when she was a full-time Vineyard resident, she often spent the winter months in Marco Island, Fla.

She was a sports fan, and in her younger years she enjoyed sailing and playing golf, tennis and platform tennis. She enjoyed watching professional football and baseball on television, particularly her favorite teams, the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. She also enjoyed watching tennis and golf, especially the four major tournaments in each sport. She strove to instill in her sons a passion for sports, and when they were children she taught them the rules of the games. On many occasions she took her sons and their friends to see the New York Mets, Yankees, Rangers, and Knicks compete.

A two-time breast cancer survivor by the age of 40, for the rest of her life Marty provided counsel, comfort and solace to friends and acquaintances diagnosed with cancer and other terminal illnesses.

She is survived by three sons: Steven Waterson and his wife, Tess, of Jamestown, N.Y.; Grant Waterson and his wife, Andrea, of Leonia, N.J.; and Edward Waterson and his wife, Anna Louise, of Biddeford, Me.; four grandchildren: Alexander Brown-Waterson of West Milford, N.J.; Christina Waterson of Campton, N.H.; and Lucas and Liam Waterson of Leonia, N.J.; a great-granddaughter, Autumn Hammond of Campton, N.H.; a sister, Deidra Sedivec of Norfolk, Va; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Freeman Knox Faulds Wallin; her mother, Mae Warren Field; her sisters Neuge Enos and Pamela Lieux; her brother, Samuel Wallin; her stepmother, Ann Bailey Wallin; her godfather, Thomas S. Jones; and an infant daughter, Wendy Sloan Waterson.

There was no visitation. Marty was a registered organ and tissue donor. At her request, her cremains will be interred in the family plot in Edgartown.

Those who knew Marty are invited to share their memories of her at a celebration of her life on Saturday, Sept. 16, at noon at The Portuguese-American Club, 137 Vineyard avenue in Oak Bluffs. Those planning to attend can RSVP to Steve Waterson at

Memorial contributions in Marty’s name may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1287, Edgartown, MA, 02539, or a charity of one’s choosing.