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Malini Schuyten Passed away at home on the morning of December 24, 2012, attended by her loving, close family. She is survived by her husband Herb Schuyten, her daughters Tracy Morris-Edgar and Lisa "Kaea" Morris, son Jay "Jason" Morris, stepdaughter Claudia Urquhart and stepson Gary Schuyten, as well as five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Malini was born Patricia Joan Marshall in Los Angeles on May 25, 1929, to parents Hal Croft and Joan (Marshall) Croft. Her childhood and teen years were spent throughout the Los Angeles area living with her mother. While attending San Jose State Univ. where Malini was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, she met her first husband Sage Lee Morris of San Francisco. Malini and Sage were married in San Francisco on August 12, 1950, and moved to an apartment in San Francisco until Sage was sent to fight in the Korean War. During the thirteen months he was deployed Malini lived with his parents Ruth "Cuca" and Howard Morris in St. Francis Wood, San Francisco. Upon Sage's return in January 1951, the couple moved to Marin County, buying their first home in Mill Valley and later in Kentfield. Malini went back to school and received her teaching credential at San Francisco State University. From the mid-1950's until the early 1970's, Malini was a devoted and loved teacher. She taught at Larkspur-Corte Madera School, St. Vincent's School for Boys, and at the College of Marin's Adaptive PE program for physically disabled adults. Malini and Sage adopted a girl, Lisa Joan Morris, in May of 1958, and later in November 1959, Jay Howard Morris. Malini gave birth to a baby girl, Tracy Sage Morris, in September 1960. She left teaching to become a full-time mother. Sage and Malini divorced in 1970. On July 20, 1972, in a Buddhist temple on the island of Kauai, Malini married Herb Schuyten. The family lived in Lucas Valley for a year, and three years in New Jersey before moving back to Malini's beloved Marin County. With views of Mt. Tamalpais always in sight Malini and Herb spent the last 36 years living in Corte Madera and Greenbrae. Malini was a peace advocate and activist. Participating in peace marches in San Francisco during the 1960's and 70's, with her toddlers in tow, Malini raised her children with a strong conviction of a world beyond war. Malini was a life-long health and fitness enthusiast who taught yoga for many years and took Pilates lessons up until a couple of months before her passing. She was an avid birder, dog lover, naturalist, car camper, hiker, backpacker, skier and world traveler. All who knew and loved her will greatly miss Malini. A celebration of her life will be held on February 9, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Plan International USA, http://www.planusa.org.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2013
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