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Marilyn Eloise Grafft
Resident of Santa Clara
Nov. 18, 1931-June 16, 2012
Marilyn Grafft died peacefully on Saturday, June 16th following a stroke and further complications.
Marilyn was born in Richmond, California and grew up with her brother Russell and sister Patricia, in Point Richmond. She attended UC Berkeley where she met Bill Grafft. They were married June 16, 1951. Marilyn graduated from CAL with honors in 1953. She taught first grade at Hillside Primary School in Berkeley. They settled in Orinda, California in 1957 and had two children. She and her husband were founding members of the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church. They moved to Santa Clara in 1979, where she served in the office at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church. Marilyn was a dedicated member of the Montalvo Service Group. In 2002 she was the recipient of the Points of Light Foundation Award. This Foundation was started in 1991 by then President George Bush to honor volunteers in community service. She was talented in arts and crafts and made Christmas decorations and gifts for friends and family. A wonderful cook, she was known for her apple pies and chocolate chip cookies. The great loves of her life were her husband Bill, her two children and five grandchildren. Her home was always filled with love.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bill Grafft, daughter Kate Freeman, son-in-law Dean Freeman, their children Eric and Ali, son Paul Grafft, daughter-in-law Susan Grafft, and their children Caroline, Gordon and Kingsley Frazier and her husband Lt. Grant Frazier.
A celebration of life will be held at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church June 29th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Memorial Fund, or the Peninsula Symphony Fund.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 22, 2012