Happy 80th Birthday, Aunt Marilyn!

2015-8-3 Marilyn's 80th BdayThis is quite an historic photograph, taken today!  My mother’s sister, my Aunt Marilyn Smuin Martell Beutler, turned 80, and all 5 of her children were together in one place for the first time in 15 years!    Pictured here are my cousins (left to right):  Stephen Paul, David Mark, Debra Sue, Robert Wells and Cheryl Lynn.

Aunt Marilyn was a beauty queen:Smuin, Marilyn, Rose Queen cover Smuin, Marilyn Rose Queen                    Beutler, Marilyn Smuin Martell

Marilyn married Wells Ferguson Martell in 1955.  They later divorced.
Here is her family in the 1970s when they lived in Thousand Oaks, CA:Martell Family 1970s

And here is her second marriage to Lauren Beutler 1 July 1989:1989-7-1 Marilyn Loren Wedding Day

Aunt Marilyn loved to cook and she’s written several cookbooks.  Cookies were her specialty.  She loved entering her cookies in the fair and always took home blue ribbons.  I’ll share some of my favorites when I’m home again and have them at my fingertips.

I’m pretty sure Aunt Marilyn, though in poor health for many years, has out-lived just about every one of her family members for several generations.  Happy 80th!!

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2 Responses to Happy 80th Birthday, Aunt Marilyn!

  1. Earl Cline says:

    As the New Year approaches, I am reminded of my school friend Marilyn Smuin.
    We graduated Mark Keppel High 1953. I first met her in Garvey Junior High. Some where I have a picture of a picture taken in 1953 of a few of us including Marilyn taken in San Gabriel Canyon. I think it was senior ditch day.
    I hope she is still with us. I think of her often and discuss her with my friend that was director of the The Tournament of Roses.
    Earl Cline class of 1953

    • Earl, I’ve forwarded your nice note to Marilyn’s daughter, Cheryl. She talks with her mom every week and can pass along your message! Marilyn lives in California by the coast. She’s struggled with poor health for many years, and she’s outlived everyone in her generation in our family. My mom was her older sister, Grace.

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