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1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Grandma went to be with the Lord surrounded by her loving family on August 27, 2016. She was born March 20, 1934, in Aguilar, Colorado to Gladys and George Shields. She is preceded in death by her parents; her son, John Lorenzi; husband, Gene Lorenzi, and brother in law, Johnny Lorenzi. She is survived by her children; Donna Woodards (Butch) and Cheri Ambriz (Vidal); grandchildren, Nicole Ruiz (Gilly), Amy Woodards (Fernando), Jason Woodards (Grecia), Bubba Woodards (Molly); her precious great-grandchildren, Jalissa, Nando Jr., Johnny, Felicity, Baby J (Jason), Julian, BooBoo (Joseph), Madison, Victoria, Juliet, Trystin, Baby John; her extended grandchildren, Viviana Nunez, Beatriz, Mario and Brittany Tecero and her lovable Steven Ruiz.
Marilyn moved to Bakersfield in 1944 and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1953. She would walk every day from school to Bakersfield Inn and during that time, she met her husband, Gene and they were married on November 28, 1953. Together they had three children. Throughout her years as a homemaker, she loved to play Bunco and cards with the neighborhood ladies and in 1975 she took up bowling. As an avid bowler and she became a part of the 500 and 600 club tournaments and enjoyed traveling with her team, winning championships all over California. She loved, loved taking her trips to Arizona to visit her best friend Sandy.
They would venture off together and gamble. She loved gambling in Las Vegas just as much as she loved traveling to the beach. When Marilyn was not traveling, she was at home with her family, enjoying the company, always cooking and baking for everyone. Family was all that mattered to her. She loved to be around her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and would say, "they are what made me great!" She had a hand in raising all of them and did so proudly. She was everyone's "
Groovy Grandma
." Anyone who met Marilyn knew her as Grandma and she loved it, it meant more hugs and kisses for her. She loved BBQ's and having her family and friends over. The more the merrier. She never missed a birthday or family function. She absolutely loved being a part of her great-grandchildren's awards assemblies, concerts, sporting events, dance recitals and graduations because watching them brought so much joy to her heart. She was always ready to go somewhere and enjoyed cruising around town, running errands and eating at her favorite place, Sorella's. She never missed her weekly salon appointments and loved getting her nails done.
Grandma was a beautiful, caring woman, spunky with a sense of humor. Her one liners would always catch you off guard. Through her sickness, she never lost her humor or love for life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. A huge void will be left by her passing. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Special thank you to Brookdale Skilled Nursing, Optimal Hospice, Pastor Elias Abdallah, Viviana Nuñez, Carlos & Sophia Ruiz, Zuma & David Ruiz, Ward Smith and Justin & Hayley Watts.
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Chapel.
Funeral Services will be September 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 4, 2016
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