Marolyn
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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  1. Dearest Bonnie, Albert, Derek & Madison: The legacies with which you are left by your dear mother/grandmother, are numerous and endearing. Our love and prayers go out to you. Nancy Wise, Michael Weekes & family

  2. Dear Bonnie abd Albert: I have fond memories of your Mom. She was a strong and caring women whom I admired.

  3. What a wonderful friend and spirit who touched many lives throughout her life with her wisdom, humor and love for all she cared for. We will miss her but will always feel her presence until we meet again.

  4. Your mother/grandmother was in many of my yoga classes…we both had our consistent spaces next to each other. She always had something interesting to talk about..her travels, politics, Distinguish Speaker’s. But her greatest loves were her family…her grandchildren were always in her conversation. My thoughts are with Marolyn and her family..

  5. I met Marolyn when I worked at TRW many years ago. The last time I saw her was at aTRW retiree’s luncheon. She remembered me after all those years and she still had that smiling face that made it a pleasure to see her. I’m sure she left that smile with us.

  6. I’ve known Marolyn since she and Al moved in next door on 26th St. When Kathy MacNamara who was, and still is, my best friend stayed over for a sleep over, we would call out, ‘Goodnight “He and She”. My bedroom window was exactly opposite their backdoor and they talked back to us! We were about nine years old. One night we kept saying “Goodnight He and She” so many times that my mom came in and quieted us down. I used to baby sit Bonnie and Albert. Marolyn tutored me in English. She helped me through a hard time in my life when I wasn’t learning very well at school. She played Bridge with my mom and other ladies in the neighborhood. We always invited Marolyn to family gatherings, birthday parties for my grandchildren. After my mom died and when my dad moved away, she became my last link to my old neighborhood. She was a really important piece of my life. She loved to talk about what her kids and grand kids were doing. She was really proud of her family. I felt close to her like a family member. I’m going to miss my chats with Marolyn, taking her to see the theater plays my son Casey acted in and catching up on what was happening in my old neighborhood.

  7. Billy and I send our condolences to all of Marolyn’s family. She was a dear friend, a great correspondent, a good movie critic, and much fun to be with. We were so happy to have had such good visits with her in Jan. We all cried together when we left. We miss her, love, malcolm and billy

  8. I’ve lost my best friend, we were Berea College, KY classmates, we always discussed movies we saw or should see, TV programs, politics (neither one of us could stand Bush), the Oscars-as she said she wouldn’t have missed it. At our last conversatioon on March 1st, Sinatra’s song-“I Did It My Way” was playing and just then the words “the end is near”, “That’s my song” she said. How fitting the words, she lived her life her way. I’ll miss you and especially this summer at our 55th reunion. There’ll be several empty places. God bless you and I’ll love you always. Hugs and kisses, Urs

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