A graveside service was held Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Glen Oaks Memorial Park, followed by a Celebration of Life service Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Susanville Assembly of God Church.
Marianne was born to Orvis and Viola Woodard on Sept. 26, 1914 in Tulare, Calif. She graduated from Exeter High School and later attended Chaffie College and Chico State.
Marianne worked 21 years for M. Oser & Company in Chico as a buyer. The Butte County Supervisors appointed Marianne to the position of Women’s Representative of the Civil Defense. She was active in setting up the Civil Defense in Redding. Some of the plans she produced were used in the State Civil Defense Plans.
Marianne was very active all of her life; she was president of P.T.A, a Cub Scout leader and a Sunshine Girl/Welcome Lady at Lassen Manor Apartments.
She was also very active in the Native Daughters of the Golden West, filling in for all the officers including president, district deputy grand president and deputy grand president.
When her beloved husband, Wilson Slinkard, passed away she moved to Susanville to be near her son, Mel Morrison. She made many friends in Susanville and was active in her church. At the age of 98 she was always willing to volunteer at Crossroads Ministries both serving food and working at the thrift shop.
Marianne passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, the day after her 99th birthday, in Susanville, after a brief illness.
Marianne is survived by her sons, Mel (Jan) Morrison and Jerry (Lois) Slinkard; grandson, Dustin (Mesha) Morrison; granddaughter, Melynda (Dane) Betelbide; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Native Daughters of the Golden West Scholarship Fund or the Susanville Assembly of God Church Benevolence Fund. You may share your thoughts online at NewtonBracewell.com.
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