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Marilyn Jeanne (Yorba) Lasker

1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Marilyn Jeanne (Yorba) Lasker Obituary
February 9, 1931 - June 1, 2017 Seventh Generation Descendant of Early Californios in Orange County, California Marilyn Jeanne Yorba Lasker, age 86, resident of Huntington Beach, CA left us on June 1, 2017. Orange County has lost a beloved member of Southern California's rich historical community. Marilyn was born in Orange, California to parents Matilda Higuera and Alberto Juan Yorba. She grew up with her parents and two sisters on the Yorba family rancho on Esperanza Road in Yorba Linda. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were the fabric of her daily life, most of whom were also ranchers who grew oranges, raised cattle, and made wine. They farmed together, supported each other, and celebrated together. Many still fondly remember the "Dutch Pot" post-hunt meals at the ranch, BBQs at Lake Matilda, and tastings in the wine cellar across the tracks. Marilyn is descended from Jose Antonio Yorba, who arrived in Orange County with Father Junipero Serra in 1769. Along with another soldier, Juan Peralta, Jose Yorba received a vast Spanish land grant of 62,000 acres. The resulting Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana covered what is now the cities of Santa Ana, Tustin, Orange, Olive, Villa Park and Costa Mesa. Marilyn was a seventh-generation native - the original OC housewife! She was very supportive of the Santa Ana Canyon Historical Society, helping bring to life the stories of the canyon's history and its people. She sought to learn more and share her memories with others, having given California State University Fullerton wonderful collections of historical materials. She was a patron at the highest level to the oral history center at CSUF. Marilyn was an artist, free thinker, lover of life, friends, and family. Many of you were lucky enough to feel her warmth, see her smile, and be wrapped in her arms. She was at home with all five daughters at her side as she peacefully drifted into sleep. June 1 was a day of great grief, yet her passing was beautiful. We will miss our Mom, Marilyn, Maya, GG. Her smile will live in our hearts. Marilyn was pre-deceased by her brother Robert Yorba, sisters Alberta Yorba Hutain and Carlotta Yorba Handsfield, and husband, Burton H. Lasker. She is survived by her five daughters, one step-daughter, and two sons-in-law: Gail Patricia Curtis and Richard Alan Curtis, Linda Marie Smith, Kay Higuera Smith, Joan Louise Yorba-Gray and Galen Beckwith Yorba-Gray, Anna Smith Yorba, and stepdaughter, Susan Lasker Feehan. Grandmother of thirteen, great-grandmother of fifteen, beloved honorary grandma of multitudes. Many of her nieces, nephews, family, and friends considered her their adopted grandma and mom. No memorial service has been scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity. Many thanks go to Vitas Hospice and 123 Caregivers who made Marilyn's last days comfortable, secure, and loved.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 11, 2017
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