Marilyn Elaine Brooks Shimmin
1924 - 2021
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1924 - 2021 It is with much sadness, because we already miss her terribly, yet with grateful hearts that she is home with the Lord, that we announce the passing of our beautiful Mother, Grandmother, and Mother-in-Law, Marilyn Shimmin. She was the seventh and last child, born to Bradford Benjamin Brooks and Louisa Maria Tonolli Brooks in Chadron, NE. When she was eight years old the family relocated to Duluth, MN where she continued her education ultimately graduating from Denfeld High School. It was in Duluth where Marilyn was introduced to a young, handsome Naval Officer, Robert "Bob" Shimmin. When Bob was on leave, in 1944, from the Pacific Theater during WWII, they married at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Downtown Torrance, CA. Following the war, Marilyn and Bob returned to Duluth where they started their family. Soon however they felt the calling of beautiful warm and sunny Southern California. They relocated to Rolling Hills Estates. When Bob established his business in the Port of Los Angeles, L.A. Diesel, Inc, Marilyn worked side by side with him for over 50 years. Being self-employed afforded them the time to travel extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Canada, Hawaii, the Isle of Man, Italy and Disney Inaugural Cruises were some of their repeat adventures. Books, Theater, Opera, Classical Music, sewing and gardening were passions she shared and encouraged her children to espouse. She especially delighted taking part in all their activities through the years, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, and camps. It was also a love of hers to support her grandchildren in sports, jazz band, violin as well as traveling to Oregon and New Mexico to attend their many college and ROTC endeavors. Weekends were filled with so many wonderful times. She was very active with the ladies groups at L.A. Harbor Masonic Lodge #332, Beach Cities Shrine Club, Al Malaikah Shrine, Eastern Star, Degree of Honor as well as taking an active part in the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Her love of dance knew no bounds. She took part in Tap and Aerobic classes. Many weekends were also spent at Disneyland where she and Bob absolutely loved to dance at Carnation Gardens. When the music stopped, they joined their many Disney friends at Coke Corner to delight in the wonder piano sounds of Ragtime Robert. Marilyn was an amazing mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law. Elegant to a fault, powerful beyond measure, graceful always and who told it like it was. Her sincere and abiding faith in Christ was what guided her throughout her entire life. It was a pure and loving example of that faith that she instilled in her children and grandchildren. As we say goodbye, we want to say thank you for so many things. Your words that encouraged us, the many hugs that gave us comfort, the unconditional love that made all our lives so much easier. You are so very special and we are the better for having a Mom, Grandmother, and mother-in-law who spent her life giving of herself to her entire family. Marilyn is predeceased by her cherished husband, Robert "Bob" Shimmin. Her loving brothers and sisters, Lyle, Harry, Carl and Bob Brooks; Gertrude Marie Styskal and Frances Grimm. Precious granddaughter Brooke Marie Spindler. She is survived by her adoring daughters, Susan Shimmin Okey(Michael) Shingle Springs,CA, Cathi Shimmin Spindler(John) Lake Havasu City, AZ; and the loves of her life, her grandchildren Kate Okey, Shingle Springs, CA; Adam John Robert Spindler, Rolling Hills Estates, CA and Evan Benjamin Spindler, Olympia, WA. The family wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to Belmont Village Senior Living. In Mom's own words, "We just have a ball up here!" Ziba Hospice and especially to her longtime Physician and friend Dr. Bill Kim. She delighted in telling all that he was her blond haired blue eyed surfer doctor! Visitation will take place at Green Hills Chapel, March 29th at 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Funeral Services will be held March 30th 10am to 11am in the Historic Church also at Green Hills and limited to 15 guests. Committal Service at Cypress Mausoleum 11:15pm is open to all. Masks and social distancing must be observed at all times. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children at lovetotherescue.org


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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 28, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Funeral service
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Historic Church
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Committal
11:15 AM
Cypress Mausoleum
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April 1, 2021
What an absolutely classy lady! She and Bob were active members of our Wilmington Chamber of Commerce for many years and I am sure responsible for bringing the Shriners to our Parade each year. In our thoughts and prayers.
Dan Hoffman
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