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Marilyn MacDougall


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Marilyn MacDougall Obituary
June 14, 1927 - July 26, 2018 Marilyn Knight MacDougall, born June 14, 1927, passed away peacefully July 26, 2018 at the age of 91. It was said that no one loved a party, a cocktail, and a cigarette more than she. At the slightest encouragement, she'd sing. Marilyn lived in Los Angeles her entire life, growing up in Hancock Park, raising her family in Fremont Place and later residing in Bel Air. She was the daughter of former California Governor, Goodwin J. Knight and his wife Arvella, and sister to Carolyn Knight Weedman who died in 1970. After her mother's death in 1952, she briefly acted as the de-facto First Lady of California. She married Robert A. Eaton, in 1949 and gave birth to two daughters with whom she cherished and remained close to her entire life, April Eaton Aubery and Heather Eaton Haldeman. Marilyn had uncommon energy, drive, spirit, and a love of life inspired by all who knew her. She wasn't shy or withdrawn, tepid or hesitant about anything. She embraced life with all of its struggles and triumphs with remarkable strength and authenticity. She was bright and quick-witted, a voracious reader who could be also be thoughtful and contemplative. In 1969, she married Allan H. Stubbs, and in 1989 wed the man who brought her the happiness and stability she'd long sought, Allan A. MacDougall. Together, they travelled the world, enjoying friends, their home in the desert, and the big loving family that came together with their marriage. Upon Allan's death in 2004, Marilyn navigated her life alone with her usual courage and optimism. She managed to sing a song and crack a smile until her last days despite the ravages of Parkinson's. In addition to her daughters, she leaves April's husband and children, Dennis Aubery, Justin Hewitt and Jeffrey Hewitt; Heather's husband and children, Hank Haldeman, Allan Haldeman, Dr. Anna Howell, Hilary Haldeman and Joseph Haldeman; as well as nephews, Jonathan and his partner Raymundo Baltazar, and Robert Weedman and his wife, Beth. She will be missed and forever remembered for they way she spoke the truth, met the challenges of life, brought joy to all who knew her, and delivered incredible one-liners that said it all. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Marilyn's memory to The Jewish Home for the Aging.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 12, 2018
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