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Marion Margaret Cleland

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Marion Margaret Cleland Obituary
Age 95 years old of Yorba Linda, Ca. passed away peacefully in her sleep, February 26, 2017.
Born Marion Margaret Melton, May 16, 1921 in Oakland, California to Vera Todd and William Melton. The oldest of 6 children, James, William, Lois, Norma and Arthur. Marion grew up on a farm in Montana. She fondly reminisced how as a young girl, she, her brothers, sisters, cousins and friends traveled to a single room school house by horse, and at times a sled in the snow driven by her grandfather. Marion and her siblings had moved to the farm after the untimely passing of her mother when she was just eleven. At 18, Marion boarded a train to Ontario, California to live with her Aunt Clara. There she continued her active outdoor life as a horse woman.
Marion worked for Armstrong Nurseries, San Antonio Winery and met Howard Hughes while working at General Electric. Marion met her future husband, George William (Bill) Cleland, at a Bridge game arranged by a common friend in 1952. Their first date was at a local bowling alley where he taught bowling lessons, a hobby they continued throughout their marriage.
Marion and Bill were married April 27, 1954 in Ontario, Ca. in the living room of the friend who introduced them. They had 4 children Gerald, Christopher, Sandra and Karen. The Cleland's moved to New Jersey in 1967 and moved back to California settling in Yorba Linda in 1972 where she lived out the rest of her life. Marion was an active member of the Yorba Linda Women's Club since 1977 and the president in 1988-1991. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi woman's sorority since 1938, where she became a rare member of the Torch Bearer group as one of the oldest members of the sorority. She was also a member of the DAR, of which she was quite proud.
Marion was quick to smile and mom and friend to everyone who knew her.
Marion was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, George William Cleland, in 1998. She is survived by her 4 children, Gerald Grover Cleland, Christopher George Cleland, Sandra Irene Cleland and Karen Elaine Mulvihill and their spouses, 7 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held March 18, 2017 at McAulay and Wallace Mortuary at 2:00 pm. Private burial services will be held at a later date. McAulay & Wallace Mortuary
Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 17, 2017
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