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22 June 2011 Heidi Baird set up this flower display at "Marlene's bench in the Cloisters" in memory of best friend Marlene Williams who passed away two years ago on 22 June 2009.

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Bench plaque in the Morro Bay, CA Cloisters City Park reads:

In Memory of

Marlene Marie Williams


You no longer walk these paths with us

but your spirit will be with us always.

Family and Friends


OB. Marlene Marie Williams(1940 - 2009)

Marlene was born on August 13, 1940 in Oakland, California and passed away on June 22, 2009, in San Luis Obispo, California. Marlene graduated from Fremont High School in Oakland, California and earned her B.S. in Nursing from San Francisco State in 1963. At San Francisco State, she met Rod and they were married on September 10, 1966. She moved to Bakersfield, California where she and Rod had two children: Mike and Julie. In Bakersfield, she worked as a public health nurse for the Kern County Health Department, the Lakeside Unified School District, and the Superintendent of Schools Migrant Program. In 1989, Marlene and Rod moved to Morro Bay, California where she worked for the San Luis Obispo County Health Department until 2004 when she retired. Over her entire life, Marlene participated in her community in a variety of different ways. While living in Bakersfield, she was an active member of Junior League. In Morro Bay, she was very involved with her church and regularly attended St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Morro Bay, California. Marlene's passion for life, her smile and her positive attitude were contagious to everyone she met. Above all else, Marlene loved spending time with her family and friends and these relationships were more meaningful to her than anything else. Whether it was traveling the world with Rod, hosting family gatherings, talking with her children, taking care of her grandchildren in Moscow and San Diego, spending time with her friends walking her dog Mandee at Cloister's Park, or visiting with family and the "Golden Girls," in the Bay Area, Marlene' generous, selfless, and kind spirit was ever present and constant. As a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt, and as a friend, she will be deeply missed. She is survived by her husband, Rod Williams; her son, Mike Williams, and wife Molly; her daughter, Julie Michaels, and husband Eric; her brother, Manuel Martin, and wife Karen; her nephew, Steve Martin, and wife Tara; her niece, Deanna Martin; and five grandchildren. The family would like to give special thanks to Drs. Koch and Schultz as well as the nurses at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo. They also thank Dr. William Baker and his staff in Bakersfield for their many years of support to Marlene. A public viewing and rosary will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., on Friday, June 26, at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Morro Bay. A mass will be held 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27 at St. Timothy's Catholic Church, which will be followed by a reception. A brief graveside service will be held at Old Mission Cemetery in San Luis Obispo at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements are being handled by Benedict Rettey Mortuary and Crematory. Marlene Marie Williams 1940 - 2009

Photo © 2011 “Mike” Michael L. Baird, mike {at] mikebaird d o t com,, Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens, handheld, no circular polarizer, RAW.

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Taken on June 22, 2011