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Marlene Brocker

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Marlene Brocker Obituary

Marlene Brocker was born in Warrington, England on August 3, 1933. She passed away peacefully on February 19, 2016 in Yuba City, California.

Marlene was an award winning cosmetologist and successful businesswoman for over 45 years. As a recognized leader in the beauty industry, she received acclaim on local, national, and international levels. Marlene owned and operated five cosmetology schools in California - "Career Colleges of Cosmetology" in Marysville, Yuba City, Sacramento, Woodland and Monterey. She was appointed as President of the Cosmetology Board under the Department of Consumer Affairs three times – once by Governor Jerry Brown and twice by Governor George Deukmejian – one of cosmetology's highest honors and a highly coveted post. Marlene contributed her success in the business world to the motto handed down from her beloved mother: Success is 50% attitude, 40% work and 10% knowledge. It served her well.

Marlene traveled the world with her partner of over 40 years, Robert Hanke. Together they explored the beauty and grandeur of over 25 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central, South, and North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. They visited often with family and friends in the states and abroad and hosted many festive gatherings in their homes in Carmel, Yuba City, and Marysville. In short, they lived a charmed life.

With all her business success and love of adventure, it was Marlene's love of family and friends that defined her. She wanted the very best for her children and grandchildren and always went the extra mile to ensure they had as many wonderful life experiences as possible. People of all ages were drawn to Marlene due to her generous and loving nature as well as her entertaining personality and wit. She had many long-time and loyal friends. Our dear Marlene lit up a room when she entered it. We will always remember her bright and beautiful spirit.

Marlene is survived by: her son, Kent Brocker; her grandson, Matt Brocker; her granddaughter, Haley Brocker; her great-grandson, Nolan Dixon; her nephew, Ian Pemberton; her great-niece, Rachael Pemberton Fletcher; her great-nephew, Marcus Pemberton; her first cousin, Olive Banner Dumbell; her second cousins, Paul and John Dumbell; and her third cousins, Sean and Lucy Dumbell. Marlene was preceded in death by: her mother, Elizabeth Banner Amos; her father, Charles Amos; her sister, Muriel Pemberton; her ex-husband, Gene Brocker; her son, Howard Brocker; and her daughter-in-law, Pam Simpson Brocker.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the loving care and support Marlene received from the staff and officers of The Gardens, The Fountains, Rideout Hospital (2 Central), and Rideout Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6001, (800) 272-3900, www.alz.org. Private services will be held.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Feb. 25, 2016
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