Marjorie Jean Stillians May 22, 1920 to November 28, 2011 Marjorie Jean Stillians, a 62 year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away peacefully in her home, Monday, November 28, 2011 with her family at her side. She was 91 years old and lived a life blessed beyond comparison. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Marjorie successfully completed college at the University of Michigan and became an RN. She enlisted in the Navy, as a nurse, and served as Lieutenant during World War II. After the war, she worked for Western Airlines as a stewardess aboard DC3's and met her husband (Bill) during her time working there. Marjorie loved the great outdoors and many of the fond memories her family holds are of times touring the state parks, often the Mammoth Lakes. They camped, fished, and went horseback riding. She was exceptionally compassionate, caring, and accepting of all. Her home was always an open door to those in need of comfort, love and a place to stay. She would even allow cats, dogs, crawdads, rabbits, pigeons, lizards and bullfrogs. Anything someone brought home! Marjorie was a member of the Liberty Village Women's Club, a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America, and a seasoned homemaker. She stayed at home to care for five children before returning to work as an RN at South Bay Hospital where she quickly became an inspiration to many. Upon retirement Marjorie spent her days continuing to care for her husband, children and grandchildren. She was usually found at the sewing machine, at the table painting, on the couch knitting, and doing needlework. Her weekends were filled with attending any type of sports game or dance recital her grandchildren were participating in. Her smile will be forever missed but her love will never be forgotten. Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Heidi Roberts and sons, Mark, Paul, Chris, and Darrell Stillians. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren; Ginger Stillians, Sherri Lugo, Sierra Parke, Chanel Blinn, Heather Gillis, Carly Roberts, Bohden Stillians, Allison Stillians, Shelby Stillians, Aaron Stillians, and Katie Stillians and 6 great grandchildren. Marjorie was preceded in death by her loving husband William (Bill) Stillians. The family welcomes friends to join them in the celebration of Marjorie's life to be held at Rice Mortuary on Monday, December 19 at 6:30 pm. A reception will follow in the Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room until 9:30 pm. Marjorie will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Veteran's Cemetery in San Diego, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Vets ( in her name.

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  1. My condolences to the family. Just keep in mind the fond memories that you have of Marge. I am Linda Walker’s sister

  2. I love and miss you so much Grandma. You have always meant the world to me. Please give Grandpa hugs and kisses from me! XOXO ~Sierra

  3. Picturing it as if it were today. Marj standing at the stove in the kitchen always…with the well worn Cat Stevens Album spinning on the living room record player. Heidi would be on to a new project, usually one that required craft materials or some kind of immediate support from her Mom (who of course could sew or make anything). Benevolent by nature, in those moments when many parents would lose patience with their kids, Marj would simply smile and say, “Oh Heidi”…her sweetness set the stage for the occassional surprise when we would discover something adventurous she had done in the past or how spicy she could really be sometimes. She leaves a legacy of ice cream devotees and memories of a home we could all feel at home in. With love, Mary

  4. Dearest Family! I was so saddened to learn of the passing of your mom. I remember her with great fondness! her smile could light up a room! My Begg Teacher Pals and I get together still several times a year and we reminisce about those great “Camelot Days” at Begg school. Your parents were definitely part of that supportive magic! Sending you a strength and love, Kathleen Galvin

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