Marian Gorman Thurlow

1925 - 2012, Carpinteria

Marian Gorman Thurlow passed away Dec. 31, 2012 in Carpinteria, Calif., after a long illness. She was born in Covina, Calif. Dec. 22, 1925 and attended Covina High School. She went on to attend the University of California, Los Angeles and later the Bishop Johnson College of Nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. She obtained her Registered Nurse degree there and spent her first years working in newborn nursing.

She met her future husband, George L. Thurlow Jr. in Los Angeles while he was on shore leave from his Navy assignment aboard the U.S.S. Currier during World War II. They moved to the East Coast shortly after they were married while he attended Yale University and Harvard Law School. They then moved back to Southern California but eventually moved to Visalia, Calif. where she raised her five children. She was active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; the Republican Women of Tulare County; the PTA Council; Tulare County Law Wives; and was a longtime volunteer for the Kaweah Delta Hospital Guild. She was an avid bridge player and philatelist. After retirement she and her husband lived on Cape Cod and then in Platte City, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her husband George in 2006. She is survived by her five children, Robert (and his wife Beth), of Lafayette, CA.; George III (and his wife Denise Eschardies), of Santa Barbara, CA; Stephen (and his wife Louise), of Kansas City, Missouri; Marjorie Huffenberger (and her husband Dan), of Fairfield, CA; and James (and his wife Vapuu), of Tallin, Estonia. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord, Mass., with inurnment to follow in the family plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Mass. Any remembrances should be in the form of donations to the Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.

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