Gloucester — Marilyn Silveira Myett, widow of A. Arthur Myett, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012 following a brief illness.
She was born at her Portuguese Hill home on July 23, 1926, daughter of late John Silveira Jr., and Rozalinda Serfrino. Marilyn was very proud of her Azorean and seafaring heritage. Her paternal grandfather, Capt. John Silveira Sr., immigrated to Gloucester from Pico in the Azores Islands, and became a highline skipper.
Her maternal grandfather, Louis Serfrino, crisscrossed the Atlantic many times between Pico and the United States to crew the New Bedford whalers. On one occasion his adventuress spirit led him to travel to California by covered wagon to try his hand, unsuccessfully, in the gold fields.
Marilyn graduated from Gloucester High School in 1944, and attended Boston University Evening College of Commerce, received a diploma in commercial art from Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis, MN, and studied oil painting with Alice Beach Winter and Peter Kosta.
Marilyn joined the staff of the Gloucester Daily Times in 1949, and retired in 1998. During these forty-nine years she worked as an office clerk, and for nine years was the papers first staff photographer. Following the sudden death of her husband Arthur in 1975, she was advanced to his position as circulation manager, making her one of a small number of women to hold this position in New England.
Marilyn also worked as a women’s editor, wrote a cooking column for more than nine years, and wrote dozens of articles detailing the lives of Gloucester’s Azorean community.
Marilyn is survived by two sons, Michael Myett of Gloucester, John Myett and his partner, Joseph Hebb of Alta Loma, Calif.; a daughter, Susan Orlando of Gloucester; three grandchildren, Michael A. Orlando, Philip Orlando and his wife, Jessica Bagley of Gloucester, and Amanda Orlando and her companion, Benjamin Cardone of Methuen; two great-grandchildren, Katarina Cardone and Isabella Orlando.