Marillyn Catherine Toombs passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on January 26, 2016 in her Meridian Retirement Community in Denver, Colorado after a short illness. She was born on July 26, 1920 in Seattle, Washington to her parents Edwin and Emma Anderson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Kenneth Anderson, and her husband Eugene Victor Toombs. She will be missed by her sons and their families, Kenneth and Terrie Toombs of Denver, Colorado and Larry and Julie Toombs of Miami Florida, grandchildren Aaron Toombs, Emily McCloud, Nicholas Toombs, Kristina Zeh, and Jennifer Rollo; and great grandchildren Tanner Toombs, Brooklyn Toombs, Josie McCloud, Brooks McCloud, Cash Toombs, Max Toombs, and Ava Zeh.
After a childhood in Seattle Marillyn graduated from Western Washington College with a degree in Education and started her career teaching elementary school in Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands during World War II. She married her husband Eugene Victor Toombs in June 1945 and they moved to Bakersfield, California where he worked in the oil industry. After giving birth to two sons and raising them to school age she resumed her career teaching elementary school for 25 years in the Standard School District in Oildale (North Bakersfield).
Throughout her life Marillyn made new friends through her talkative personality and her sincere interest in the life stories of others. Her friends' lives were touched by her kindness and compassion and she was beloved by all those whose lives crossed with hers.
Marillyn maintained an active life in retirement through her involvement with educational causes and her Lutheran Church activities. She moved to the Meridian Retirement Community in the Denver area in March 2006 to be closer to family and enriched their lives with her presence until her passing.
Marillyn was blest to live to see her great grandchildren who were a source of joy to her spirit to her final days.
Marillyn will be remembered and missed as a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and by all the friends whose lives she touched.
Funeral Services: Colorado - A Memorial and Celebration of Life Service was held at 10:00 AM February 5th 2016, Sky Room at the Meridian Englewood 3455 S. Corona Street, Englewood, CO 80113; California - Viewing the evening of February 24th,2016 and Graveside side services and burial 10:00 AM February 25th, 2016 Greenlawn Cemetery 3700 River Blvd. Bakersfield, CA 93305. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate
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