- Marilyn Nault was the third wife of the former NBA player and African-American activist Bill Russell
- From a devoted Catholic family and was the only female child in her family
- She worked as a Jewelry salesperson for many years until her sad demise in 2009.
Marilyn Nault was an American Jewelry salesperson who is better known as the ex-wife of legendary American basketball player, Bill Russel whose real name is William Felton Russell. She got married to the former NBA star in 1996 and the pair remained together until her sad passing in 2009.
13 years after she passed away, her widowed husband also died in 2022.
Who is Marilyn Nault?
Marilyn Nault was born on January 15, 1950, to Quentin and Helen Nault in Concordia Kansas. She was the only girl out of the five children of her parents. Her parents were devoted Catholics who followed the doctrines and raised their children in accordance with the faith.
Growing up alongside her four brothers; Phil, Eric, James, and Kyle in Concordia, She attended Catholic grade and High school.
After high school, she moved to Seattle where she started her career. The details about her furthering in the tertiary institution were still unknown before she met her husband Bill Russell.
Marilyn Married To The Former NBA Player, Bill Russell at The Age of 50
At 50, Marilyn married Bill Russell on February 17, 2000. Although it was Marilyn’s first time walking down the aisle, it was Russell’s third.
According to some sources, the couple got married in 1996, perhaps that was when they met and started dating before their marriage in 2000.
Their marriage was quite eventful and engaging for them as they always traveled together around the states and abroad, for his work, business, and family vacations.
Her husband’s first marriage was to Rose Swisher in 1956 and it was this union that produced Bill’s three children, Jacob Russell, William Russell, and Karen Russell. These children became the only children Russell had in all four marriages, and Marilyn eventually became their stepmother.
Unfortunately, the first marriage ended in 1973 but he maintained a connection with his first wife because of his children.
The former basketball player got married to Dorothy Anstett who became his second wife. The marriage brought about a lot of controversies because it was an interracial marriage. It was quite an issue for them because it was difficult for such a marriage to be legalized. However, the marriage ended in 1980 which was about a decade before he met Marilyn.
The Former Activist’s Third Wife Was a Sales Personel
After high school, Marilyn moved to Seattle where she became a Jewelry sales persons. She was a salesperson in her youthful days before meeting the NBA superstar. It Is not foolproof if after their marriage she continued as a salesperson or had her Jewelry store
How Much Was Marilyn Nault’s Net Worth at The Time of Her Death
Marilyn’s net worth was speculated to be over $300,000 at the time of her death which she accumulated as a salesperson.
Her exact earnings as a salesperson were not known but the salary of an average Jewelry salesperson in the US is between $17,360- $ 40,200. Additionally, when a salesperson’s expertise span is between 10-15 years the person earns about $94,800.
On the other hand, the net worth of Bill Russel was approximated to $10 million at death. He acquired his wealth from his basketball career.
Marilyn Died as The Third Wife of Bill Russell in 2009
Sadly, Six days after she turned 59, and a few days before her husband’s birthday, Marilyn Russell died at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle Washington. Marilyn was said to have battled cancer till her demise.
She died as the third wife of the great basketballer, and their marriage was approaching its ninth year when she passed on.
After her death, Russell joined and supported a foundation Harold and Carole Pump Foundation, a foundation that creates awareness for the treatment and cure of cancer.
Subsequently, Russell died 13 years after Marilyn at the age of 88. He died on July 31, 2022, in Mercer Island, Washington, United States. His cause of death was natural and the announcement was made known by his family members.