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Elizabeth B. Marsh


1913 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
ELIZABETH B. MARSH 8/25/1913 - 9/27/2015 Elizabeth (Beth) Balfour Marsh was born in Crookston, Minnesota, where she actually did walk a mile through snowdrifts to school. She lost both of her parents by the time she was 16 but was surrounded by wonderfully supportive uncles and aunts. She was a precocious musician winning awards as a young pianist and later as an accomplished pipe-organist. She married Albert W. Marsh, also of Crookston, on August 24, 1940. They moved immediately to Corvallis, Oregon, where both of their sons were born. While Al earned his PhD and taught at Oregon State University, Beth was the organist for the First Methodist Church. In 1956, the family moved to Riverside when Al accepted a position at the University of California. Al was the "rock star" research scientist, but Beth was the rock that the family thrived on. She was stoic and resolute when necessary, but compassionate and giving when it was important. In addition to being a wife and mother, Beth became deeply involved with the community and UCR, contributing and volunteering extensively with the Riverside Symphony, Riverside Museum, Victoria Forever, The Heritage House and was Secretary of the Friends of the Mission Inn when the hotel's demise seemed certain. Beth and Al's long marriage was a partnership of love, around the world travel, and adventure until he passed away on December 11, 2002. After Al's death, newborn granddaughter Grace Marie became the apple of her eye. Beth lived in and maintained her home in Riverside until she was 100. She slipped quietly away on September 27th, at 102. Her parting words were "I've had an exciting life". And she did. Beth is survived by her son David Marsh (Frieda Von Bauer) of Riverside and his daughter Grace Marie; son Dan Marsh (Margaret) of Novato, CA, and sister Clare Balfour of Minneapolis, MN. A musical celebration of Beth's life will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, on Saturday, November 7th at 3:00. Please, no flowers. If so moved, please make contributions to Riverside Museum, Victoria Forever, or The Heritage House.


Published in Press-Enterprise from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2015
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