Marilyn Grosboll

1943 - 2012, Santa Barbara

10/28/43 - 8/24/12

Marilyn passed peacefully at Serenity House on August 24th. Best known for her 32 years of teaching at Adult Ed, Marilyn was a true community treasure, impacting so many lives. Her classes, "Adventures in Self Esteem," "Living with Loss," and "Goodbye Scales, Hello Life!," were always popular, and had many repeat attendees. Her positive attitude and acceptance of "what is," was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Marilyn's Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, October 13th at 1 PM at Area 9, Lower Manning Park in Montecito. Please wear colorful, casual clothes and bring a blanket or camp chair, a pot luck dish to share and your memories of Marilyn. Please RSVP to to help us plan.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to LifeChronicles in honor of Marilyn to LifeChronicles, 113 W. Mission Street Suite B2, SB 93101 or at Please indicate if you would like to receive Marilyn's life legacy video, filmed by LifeChronicles.

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I happened upon a beat-up and well used audiotape set in the trunk of an old used car that I bought to get me to my new job. The radio in the old car did not work but the tape player did. At the time I had rapid series major losses. Loss of a loved one through illness, my job, all of my finances, and my own health as suicidal major depression. A very dark place indeed. Marilyn had recorded a self esteem class on six to eight tape cassettes. At first I thought the old 1980s tape box set cover was cheesy, her voice and the message a bit corny. She was going off about a happiness garden hose? What the he** was that supposed to mean, I thought? Yet, I had two hours to spend commuting to work each day so I listened to her message repeatedly for months. Yep, I may not be the fastest learner, but eventually I received many pearls from the class: I didn’t have to do life alone; I had the power within to forgive; I could move away from self defeating behavior and create love and happiness in my life. She said, “Fill your happiness hose with the right thoughts on a daily basis and eventually its got to come out the other end (manifest) somehow or someplace in your life.” I gave it sincere effort and practiced positive, kind, soul strengthening thoughts daily. Over a period of months the habitual repetitive muddy dark thoughts had been flushed out of my system like dirt and rocks out of an old garden hose. Dear Marilyn, thank you, this was life changing for me. Your passion, courage, joy, and determined spirit will live on in everyone you touched and taught. Your lessons will be passed down from one generation to the next. JB

basca (anonymous profile)
October 5, 2012 at 6:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This woman and her great self esteem seminar helped save my life when I was going through my divorce from a cheating husband 25 years ago. She will be missed. I will never forget her.

vlhamilton (anonymous profile)
November 12, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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