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Erika Kathleen Marrin
November 15, 1967 - November 22, 2013

Erika Kathleen Marrin - accomplished photographer,dedicated preservationist, champion of 20th century design, resplendent Doo Dah queen, origami enthusiast - died on November 22 from complications of a stroke. She had just turned 46.

Erika will be remembered by many for her unique style, passion, smarts, humor, love of life and talent for cooking. The daughter of noted Arts & Crafts collectors and historians Janeen and Jim Marrin, she was a life-long Pasadena resident, graduating from John Muir High School 1985 and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Art Center College of Design. Her photographs appeared in several well regarded architectural tomes, including the late Randell Makinson's Greene & Greene: The Passion and the Legacy. She was a gifted graphic designer, as well as assistant director of Pasadena furniture and decorative art gallery ADXX and co-founder of preservation nonprofit Friends of the Castle Green. A Susuki-trained violinist, her musical talents - combined with her disarming charm and fashion flair - earned her the queenship of the 23rd Doo Dah Parade.

To her family, she will be remembered for her boundless love, patience and support. She helped care for her niece and nephew from infancy, and will live on in them. She will be missed forever.

Erika is survived by her parents, sister Emily, brother-in-law Steve Allison, niece Lucy and nephew Leo. A celebration of her life will be held at the Castle Green on January 18, 2014, at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Friends of the Castle Green, 99 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California 91105.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Dec. 14, 2013
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