June 11, 1937 ~ March 17, 2021

Born in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Resided in: Playa Del Rey, California

With sadness and hope in the Resurrection we share with you the passing of our dear sister in Christ, Marlene Ruth Woodling on March 17. She died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Marlene grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When she was 18 years old, she, her brother Kurt and her parents moved to Santa Monica, California. The Sams were able to make a good living starting their own restaurant, “Cora’s Coffee Shop” and in California. Marlene and Kurt met their future spouses and started their families.

She is survived by her husband Bill Woodling, her children Laura (and Mike) Woolsey, Christy Swarens, Gina (and DeVan) Alo and Juliet Willis, and Bill’s children Kevin and Tricia. Her grandchildren, Reader Kenneth (and Brittany) Woolsey, Kimberly (and Ivan) Flores, Lane and Devin and Blake Swarens, Jillian (and Evan) Benson, Evan and Sam Alo and Scarlet Hackett along with Jason and Aaron and Zayne Woodling and her great grandson Silas Paul Woolsey. She is also survived by her brother Kurt Sams and his son Ryan who reside in New Mexico.

May her Memory Be Eternal!

Funeral to be held Monday April 5th at St Matthew Orthodox Church in Torrance, California at 10 am. She will be laid to rest at Green Hills Memorial Park.



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  1. It was always a joy to visit with Mrs Marlene when in LA. She was so nice and thoughtful, always asked about my family so I know she must have been really proud of hers. Bill my friend, I’m sorry for your loss, but take hope in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 and know you will see her again some day.

  2. candle 1I am Sorry for your Loss Woolsey and Woodling Family May her memory be eternal. Our condolences to you all from the Soof Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • Thank you Joe you are such a kind man and your words are very special to us. We have shared many trying memories together. Thanks and God Bless you!

  3. candle 1Bill, Sandy and I are saddened for your loss but we know she is in a better place . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow.

  4. Love you Mom! You were such a strong soul in many ways and you taught me many things; your sense of humor and strong loyalty to family. You will live on in us and your love you gave we will pass it on to others.. God is with us and you and I take solace in this.

  5. candle 8Bill, I do not have enough works to express my feeling for the loss of Marlene. I pray you find the strength to deal with your grief. I’m so thankful for the all times the four of us spent together, on Catalina, Mexican cruise or parties. I believe Stell and Marlene are together in a wonderful place. Love ya. Jim Smith
    All my daughters send their prayers and best wishes to you.

  6. Beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul. Sharing a glimpse of her love of family. Every picture holds that story. Marlene had an amazing gift of sharing those stories! She loved adding her dry/witty sense of humor as only Mar could do….
    She left all of us a treasure chest of those memories. I’m so grateful for the heart-print she gave me.
    My cousin Marlene….one special little lady! Love everlasting

  7. I have had many years of friendship with Marlene and it has been wonderful, watching our children grow up and have their Families. I wish you many wonderful memories of your life with Marlene, which I’m sure you have.

  8. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. Marlene loved life and especially the annual vacations with family to Catalina Island. She looked so forward to those every year.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

  9. candle 4Catching up with cousin Marlene and her growing family was always a delightful treat when visiting Los Angeles, from far-away London. She lives on in the hearts of many.

  10. Many condolences to the families. Marlene was always very nice to me and made me feel at ease. She had a wonderful sense of humor and always made me laugh. May she rest easy.

  11. Bill, Laura, Christy, Gina, Juliet and the rest of the Woodling, Willis, Sam and many other families, my heart breaks at the news of Marlene’s passing. Being such an enormous part of my life, Marlene will always be with me. The beautiful heart, the fast wit, gracious smile and the ever devious laugh, those will echo till I pass. Thank you for all your love Marlene. You always treated me as family. I will miss you. Peace.

  12. candle 7So sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my thoughts. Praying for strength for your family.

  13. Our deepest condolences to the Woodling & Woolsey families. Marlene was a kind soul and she will be truly missed. Memory Eternal

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