July 2, 1931 - April 20, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marilyn Harris (89) on April 20, 2021. Consistent with her fierce nature, she fought determinedly during a brief illness that resulted in her unexpected passing. Born in Hollywood, California to Eleanor Donovan Billings and Alonzo Ellis "Slim" Billings, she graduated from Hollywood High School. She converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a teenager, and attended Brigham Young University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1957. After returning to Los Angeles she met her husband of 57 years at the Westwood Ward. They were married in 1959 and raised 4 children together. A gifted teacher, she earned a Masters Degree and taught both professionally at the college level, and in many capacities through her church, where she served tirelessly and with great joy for decades. She was a loving mother, devoted grandmother and great grandmother, as well as a life long pet lover, never failing to take in animals (often exotic) brought home by her children. She was a delightful combination of no-nonsense pragmatism and witty charm. She is succeeded by her children, Douglas Harris, Dr. Dana Harris, and Mark Harris; her grandchildren, Daria Harris Watts and Taylor Harris; her two great-grandchildren, Danaka Watts and Cannon Watts, and her brother Allan Billings. She is predeceased by her husband, Lynn Ronald Harris, as well as her sons Dr. Gregory Harris and David Harris. Her family will greatly miss their matriarch. Graveside services will be held at Green Hills Cemetery on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 1pm.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 28, 2021.