Long time Rancho Santa Fe resident, Marilyn MacLeod, passed away January 25, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Marilyn was born December 25, 1926, in Pasadena, CA, where she attended Anoakia School and later Vassar College in New York.
She married Norman L. MacLeod, Jr. in 1952 and was active in Pasadena with the Junior League and the Pasadena Art Alliance. She grew up riding horses and loved going to the races. Her family had a box on the finish line at Santa Anita Race Park since its inception, which she maintained until recently, never missing an Opening Day.
Her love of horses led her to move to the Ranch with her family in 1971. Her children were riding competitively and the move provided the ability to raise champion American Quarter Horses at the Highland Farms property on Lago Lindo.
An enthusiastic supporter of Ranch life, she was a member of the Garden Club and the Rancho Riding Club.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Norman "Mac" Macleod, who died in 2001. She is survived by her children, Norman Langley MacLeod III of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Clay Elkin MacLeod of Rancho Santa Fe, Carolyn MacLeod Scott of Ocala, Florida, and step-daughter, Virginia MacLeod Faraoni of Florence, Italy. She was also the proud grandmother of seven.
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