Maclyn Erickson

Maclyn Erickson flashed through life with unending curiosity, a passion for knowledge, an anger for things unjust, and an undying love of her family. Small in stature and mighty in spirit, Maclyn raised her two daughters in LA County and worked as a social worker. She always sought meaning in life, later earning both an MA in Marriage & Family Counseling and a Doctorate in Ministry. During her years in Palm Desert Maclyn created and hosted the “RadioActive Women’s Talk Show”, served as a spiritual counselor at Betty Ford Center, taught at College of the Desert, and conducted workshops on “Saying Goodbye”. After the death of husband John Erickson Maclyn moved to Los Osos where she was active in community groups supporting women’s rights and peace efforts. After relocating to Santa Barbara to be closer to family she continued taking classes and workshops at Adult Ed and Pacifica. She loved coffee, sweets, and a good conversation with friends that she enhanced with thought-provoking questions. She is remembered by those who love her for her keen intelligence, clever wit, hip style, an unpredictable and fiery temper, but most of all for her love of her family. She will be forever missed by daughters Melanie Royer and Stephanie Calkins, their husbands Bob Royer and Tom Calkins, grandsons Tim Royer, Matt Calkins, Evan Calkins and his wife, Lauren; sister Sharon McManus Wood and her husband Bill Wood, as well as extended family members and friends. Donations in her memory may be made to organizations that advance the status of women and children or promote peace in our communities.


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