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Marilyn Joanne Sykes


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Marilyn Joanne Sykes

Sykes, Marilyn Joanne 79 of Los Molinos, CA passed away peacefully surrounded by family in the early hours of December 17, 2010 in El Dorado Hills, CA from complications of lung cancer.

Marilyn was born October 10, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa to Kenneth R. and Irma Nelle Townsend. The family later moved to Long Beach, CA where she attended Long Beach Jordan High School and worked at her father's grocery store, Townsend's Market. Marilyn later caught the eye of Southern California Speedboat Club Hydroplane Ace and Mechanic Robert A. Sykes. They wed in 1949 and lived in Lakewood, CA for 21 years. In 1972, Bob and Marilyn decided to leave the big city behind and start anew in Los Molinos, CA. Marilyn worked in Los Molinos at the local market as a checker and pretty much knew everyone in town by name, which she was pretty proud of. One of her favorite pastimes was league bowling with her friends at Java Lanes in Corning and traveling to tournaments wherever they led. Marilyn traveled to the Bonneville Salt Flats Speedweek with her family for 25 years straight to keep them well fed and spiritually safe. Bob and Marilyn were Grand Marshals of the Los Molinos 4th of July Parade in the 1990's.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Robert Anthony Sykes, Sr. in 2009. She was also proceeded in death by her brother Kenneth R. Townsend Jr. Marilyn leaves behind three sons: Robert Anthony Sykes Jr. and wife Vicki of Cypress, CA; Jeffrey Craig Sykes of Los Molinos, CA; Kenneth Frank Sykes and wife Kathleen Anne of El Dorado Hills, CA; granddaughter Valerie Leigh Sykes and grandson Darren Jeffrey Sykes, both of Chico, CA. Marilyn also leaves behind two brothers: Charles Richard Townsend of Menifee, CA; Hal Craig Townsend and wife Carolyn Susan of Tustin Ranch, CA and sister-in-law Linda Lee Townsend of Riverside, CA. In addition, Marilyn leaves behind a multitude of nieces, nephews, step granddaughters and step great grandchildren in southern California. Marilyn also leaves behind her special friend, Herb Votaw.

Per Marilyn's wishes, private graveside services were held at Tehama Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Marilyn's life at the Veteran's Hall in Los Molinos on February 5th at 11 AM. Contact Herb Votaw for details.
Published in Daily News from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31, 2011
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