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Marian Dilley


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Marian Dilley Obituary
MARIAN DILLEY Marian Dilley peacefully passed away at her home in Chico on Saturday at the age of 91. Marian was born on August 2, 1926 in her grandmother's home in Grover, Wyoming. She was raised on the nearby family ranch, homesteaded by her great grandfather in the 1870's. Growing up during the Great Depression Marian lived in a dirt-floor ranch-house with her parents, older sister, Beth, and younger brother, Rey, all of which predeceased her. Transportation to the local school house was by horseback or sleigh until motorcars came to the valley when she was a young child. During World War II, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, she met her future husband, Oren Dilley, who was on leave from war in the South Pacific. They married soon thereafter, and as newlyweds Marian and Oren visited a cousin living near Chico. Recognizing the community as "wonderfully bucolic," they settled in Chico to build a life and raise their family. Marian famously said, "Chico must be heaven because it's so close to Paradise." Marian is predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Oren C. Dilley, who passed in November, 1984. She is survived by their three children: Kenneth Dilley (Celia) of Sacramento; Glen Dilley of Chico; Jerri Lee Dilley-Kliene (Paul) of Santa Barbara. She leaves behind seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Marian loved music and sang with The Sweet Adelines for decades, traveling to competitions throughout the west. As a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marian served on two missions one in Salt Lake City and the other in Atlanta, GA. She enjoyed travel, visiting many states, Europe, the Holy Land, and occasional jaunts to Hawaii. Her passion for experiencing life to its fullest extent involved snow skiing, sailing, golfing, gardening, real estate investing, camping, hunting, and anything her children and grandchildren might enjoy. From horseback to the jet age in one lifetime... "What a ride." A funeral service will be held at Noon Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at the LDS Church at 1450 East Lassen Ave. Viewing begins at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Enloe Hospice Center, in Chico. To view obit online go to www.NewtonBracewell.Com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2018
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