It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Marietta Paynter this past Monday at the age of 89. Marietta passed away surrounded by her family at The Vi Care Center in Glenview.
Marietta was a legendary member of the NUMBALUMS community and an inspiration to generations of musicians. Though she didn’t attend Northwestern, she was a Wildcat to the core, standing by John P. Paynter’s side for decades of band camps, concerts, and shows. In recognition of her outsized role as a NUMB wife, parent, and overall supporter, she was named an honorary NUMBALUM. She was also a longtime supporter of the Northshore Concert Band.
The family is making arrangements for a celebration of Marietta’s life in the Chicago area in late June. Those who would like to make a donation in her memory are invited to give to the John P. Paynter Foundation, the Northshore Concert Band, or the NU Bands Push On Fund. Checks can be sent to Bruce Paynter at 4042 Blake Lane, Glenview, IL 60026. Donations to the Push On Fund can also be made online.
We will keep you posted as plans develop for the June celebration of Marietta.
Brittany Petersen Williams
President, the NUMBALUMS