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Marilynn Joyce Carlson Webber

1931 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Marilynn Joyce Carlson Webber Obituary
MARILYNN JOYCE CARLSON WEBBER Marilynn was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 15, 1931 to Alice Wilhelmina Carlson and Arthur Louis Carlson. Both parents belonged to extended families of immigrants from Småland, Sweden. Marilynn had a lovely singing voice, and as a child she often sang solos at the Central Avenue Baptist Church in Chicago. The family moved to Webster Avenue in Wheaton, Illinois, in 1948. One day as Marilynn was getting off the train from Chicago, she unknowingly stepped into the path of an oncoming train. Terrified, she looked up into the engineer's face, too frightened to move. Someone gave her a mighty push from behind, strong enough to not only throw her from the tracks, but down the embankment. When she looked back to thank the person who had saved her life, there was no one in sight, and Marilynn was certain she had been saved by her guardian angel. This experience began her lifelong interest in angels. Not long after, a young man named Bill Webber saw Marilynn on a ladder, laughing and helping hang decorations for a party at College Church. He was smitten. Marilynn and Bill majored in Speech at Wheaton College, and were married by Dr. V. Raymond Edman, the college's president, on the day they graduated,June 16,1954. After Bill graduated from seminary, the young couple moved to Hutsonville, Illinois, where Bill became pastor of the Baptist Church and Marilynn was hired to teach 4th, 5th and 6th grade, and to be principal of the elementary school. From there, they moved to Momence and Park Forest, Illinois, then Springfield, Missouri, Seattle, Washington, Stockton and Riverside, California, as Bill was called to pastor larger churches. Marilynn was named a Merit Teacher. She taught elementary school in Park Forest and high school in Springfield, Missouri. Marilynn loved to travel. Together with her husband, now the Reverend Doctor William Webber, they led groups through Europe and the Middle East. They also visited all 50 United States and lived in Brighton England, on a pulpit exchange, where they made lasting friends. Bill's last job brought them to Riverside, California, where he was director of Mount Rubidoux Manor. They lived in Riverside from 1988 to 2008. After retirement, life took an unexpected turn. Marilynn became known as the Angel Lady, and was the author or several bestselling books, including A RUSTLE OF ANGELS, HOW TO BECOME A SWEET OLD LADY INSTEAD OF A GRUMPY OLD GROUCH, and TEA WITH THE ANGEL LADY. Marilynn also became a popular speaker, sometimes speaking over 100 times a year in venues as diverse as the Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim and the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas. She appeared on network television in the U.S. and in England. Marilynn and Bill also became internationally known for the Angel Teas they hosted at their angel-filled home in Riverside, California. At the time of her death on December 28, 2013, Marilynn and Bill had been married for 62 years. For five years they lived in Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, near their East Coast-based children: Sharon Linnéa, a novelist and writer married to Robert Owens Scott, and Stephen Webber, a musician and professor at Berklee College of Music (currently stationed in Valencia, Spain), married to Susan Matthew Webber. They have four grandchildren: Aubrey and Angela Webber, of the successful singing duo the Doubleclicks, of Portland, Oregon; and Jonathan and Linnéa Scott, students, in New York. As Marilynn's final illness progressed, the family was able to gather to spend time with her and Bill. Marilynn will long be remembered for her infectious laugh, long-lasting friendships and vibrant Christian faith.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 5, 2014
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