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Marilyn Jane Vance


07/10/1932 - 01/31/2015 Obituary
Marilyn Jane Vance Obituary
Marilyn was born July 10, 1932 to Clifford and Margaret Gray in Los Angeles, California. She passed away January 31, 2015 at home with her family by her side.
She moved to Bakersfield with her parents when she 4 years old, and continued to call the city home thereafter. They moved into a home on Quincy St. and there she and her younger brother Ronnie thrived through their early childhood years. She attended East Bakersfield High School where among other activities, she played the violin in the school orchestra. There she met another musician, Buryl, who would become the love of her life. On November 11, 1951 the two were married. They raised a family of four children, Mark Douglas, Christine Louise, Scott Randall, and Laura Margaret.
Through the child rearing years of their marriage, Marilyn was homemaker. Her days filled with the flurry of providing for and managing the activities of four active children. Marilyn was a talented violinist and her husband shared her passion for music. The two performed in the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra for 50 years before retiring. Thereafter she continued to support the orchestra assisting wherever help was needed and through philanthropic opportunities. As the children grew older and began to leave for college, Marilyn returned to school at California State College Bakersfield where she obtained her teaching credential. She taught her favorite age group, kindergarten, in the Greenfield School District for more than 25 years.
Her death is preceded by her husband Buryl, brother Ronald and great grand daughter Kamille Kirkpatrick.
She is survived by her children Mark Vance (Lauren), Christine Olague (Mike), Scott Vance, Laura Nafus (David). Her grand children Ryan Vance (Chelsea), Allison Vance (Jack Baber), Megan Olague, Heather Nafus and Eric Middendorp (Natalie). Her great grandchildren Kayden Kirkpatrick and Tristin Middendorp.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra in her honor.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 6, 2015
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