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Marian Weygers
November 7, 1909 ~ September 26, 2008

CARMEL VALLEY – On September 26, our beloved Marian Weygers embarked on a new journey to be with her love, Alex. She was 98 years old. Her passing was peaceful with her niece, Jan and dear friends bedside. She lived a remarkable life of art, love and joy, shared with all who knew her. Marian was born on November 7, 1909, in San Francisco. She was a graduate of UC Berkeley and an accomplished artist. She studied with the Japanese master painter, Chiura Obata. She developed an exacting process of printmaking on sumi paper, inking flowers, leaves and insects to create one of a kind works of art.
   Marian and Alex were early pioneers in Carmel Valley, navigating a dirt road to their homestead in La Rancheria in the 1940's. They lived in a tent on the property overlooking what is now Bernardus Lodge as they crafted their home and studio from salvaged pine slabs from the Cummings Brothers' Saw Mill and windows and doors from the dump. The result was an architectural marvel of curved lines built from 'the waste of the land'. Marian was an early ecologist who fought tirelessly to preserve Carmel Valley's natural charm and view shed and was fearless in opposing developers whose projects threatened the valley.
She loved the local flora, especially the shooting stars which once carpeted La Rancheria and Garland Park in spring. Marian took delight in the small and profound in life and relished the company of good friends. Their home was the center of countless gatherings of friends and family, who sat around the table discussing philosophy, art, science and life.
   Although Marian and Alex had no children of their own, she was a loving and generous Auntie Marian to 'her kids', who were inspired and nurtured through Alex's workshops and Marian's nourishing food and thoughtful encouragement. Her love, guidance and spirit live on in her many friends and family. Marian is survived by her sisters, Alberta and Barbara.
   A private celebration of her life will be held in November.
   Donations in her name may be given to the Sierra Club or The Nature Conservancy.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Oct. 11, 2008
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