July 6, 1931 ~ March 6, 2007
Marolyn was born on July 6, 1931 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her recent passing occurred after nine months painfully battling appendiceal cancer. She died within the confines of her comfortable bedroom at her Manhattan Beach home on Tuesday morning, March 6th. During her last months, she received an abundance of continuous loving care from Torrance Memorial Hospice, especially Hospice Nurses, Sherrie and Mary. She appreciated the kindness bestowed upon her via around the clock caregivers, Mela and Cynthia from the Mae Morgan Home Care Agency.
Marolyn resided in or near Manhattan Beach since 1954 when she moved to California after completing 2 college degrees in Kentucky. She originally moved here to live near her parents, Emerald and Nellie Olson. Her parents moved to the South Bay from Chicago, Illinois in 1952 while Marolyn attended college in Kentucky. Her father was a pastor of the Manhattan Beach Community Church from 1952 to 1956. Marolyn married Albert Dunlap II in 1957. She taught elementary school in Torrance for six years before deciding to stay at home and raise her children, Bonnie and Albert. After divorcing in 1967 she returned to the workplace spending 23 years in the data management field at TRW Space & Defense. Taking an early retirement in 1990, she commenced upon a third career as a part time local tour guide. Marolyn thoroughly embraced her retirement years becoming active in her community, attending various high school and college alumni events and enjoyed extensive traveling in the U.S. and abroad. She truly relished all time spent with her many friends and family members. Marolyn especially cherished every moment with her two grandchildren, Derek and Madison.
Marolyn attended elementary schools in Iowa, high school in West Chicago, Illinois, college at Berea College, Berea Kentucky graduating in 1952. Marolyn pursued Graduate Studies at the University of Louisville, Louisville Kentucky completing her advanced degree in 1954.
Marolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Emerald and Nellie and her younger brother, David. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Jane Luhrs, son, Albert Knight Dunlap III, grandchildren, Derek Ryan San Agustin, Madison Noelle Luhrs and nieces, Stephanie Jane Pitman and Jayne Lee Ruffin as well as many beloved friends and relatives all of whom she treasured.
Cremation is being handled by the Neptune Society, subsequent inurnment at Pacific Crest Cemetery, Redondo Beach will be private. A Memorial Service and Reception will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Saturday afternoon, March 31st at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to Berea College Alumni Association, 101 Chestnut Street, Berea KY, 40404. Marolyn's children and grandchildren will make a donation to Torrance Memorial Hospice in Marolyn's name.
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