Marilyn Huycke, 54, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the morning hours of Dec. 7 at her home. She had previously won all the battles in the war she fought against several serious or intractable medical conditions for over a decade with a combination of skill and bravery.
Born May 5, 1955 to Herman Henry Greene and Lydia Elizabeth (nee Brown) in Loma Linda, she lived her childhood in San Bernadino and later in Pomona, in the company of her many relatives and friends. She graduated from Ganesha High School in 1973. During a brief early marriage she lived in Oceanside, Calif., Lafayette, La., and Winston-Salem, N.C. Returning to Pomona, she took employment at Pacific State Hospital following her mother in state service. In 1979 she transferred to Camarillo State Hospital and there met her husband Jon.
Despite having been retired due to disability, she had many interests including family genealogy research, studying comparative religions, following world events and politics (being a loyal Democrat), building and repairing computers, reading novels of her favorite authors, and following her favorite TV programs. She loved music and would instigate spontaneous dancing sessions with her children. She was a sports enthusiast-- a fan of the Dallas Cowboys (but would tolerate the Eagles). She also enjoyed boxing, and in her youth was a sprinter no one could catch. When a major tennis tournament was playing she could be seen setting up VCRs to record all the action and dreamed one day of attending Wimbledon. The Olympics were another favorite.
Marilyn could fix just about anything from cars, to the house, clothes, and even some legal troubles for others. She was active in various arts and crafts. Cooking was another special skill, and her friends and family will remember her holiday feasts. She encouraged others to do their best and took pride in the accomplishments of her family.
Marilyn will be remembered for her tenacious spirit, fierce determination, humor (regardless of attempts to deny it) and her devotion to family.
Survivors include her father; husband, Jon; her daughters, Geneva, Caira and Lorna; and grandchildren, Shon, Mark, Sienna, Wade, A.J., Julian, and Jon. Also extended family and friends.
A memorial service is planned and interested parties may contact via email before 6 a.m. Saturday at: email@example.com.