She had one beau in her life, Gilbert Blythe's father. But they fought too much, and when she was ready to forgive him, he wasn't interested anymore. She spent most of her life at Green Gables, looking after her father with Matthew and working on the farm. She is known for her excellent cooking and baking, as well as her red currant wine. Anne mistakes it for raspberry cordial at a tea party with Diana when Marilla is out of town for a Ladies' Aid Society meeting. Marilla visits Mrs. Barry and tried to explain the situation to her, but Mrs. Barry wouldn't hear of it. Marilla loses her temper and called Diana Barry a "greedy child" because Diana Barry drank four or five glasses of the wine at once.Marilla is a very determined and stubborn woman, and tells Anne not to think of her and to think of her education, but Anne says, "Marilla, I'm sixteen years old and just as stubborn as you are", and tells Marilla that she'll be working at Avonlea Public School so she can be with her. Marilla dies at the age of 86 in 1910, before Jem Blythe, Anne's eldest son, joins the army.