In memory of
Marilynn "Mare" (Warrington) Dunham
After a short illness, Marilynn "Mare" Dunham passed away peacefully at home in her recliner by the front window overlooking the lake with her husband, Malcolm, by her side. Born in Hanford, California, to William Howard Warrington and Lucille Tucker Warrington, she lived her first few years in the small farming community of Laton, California. When she was 4 years old, the family moved to Nipomo, California, where she lived until she married Vincent Singleton. Shortly after, they moved to Iowa City for a year and then to Covina, California, for 12 years before finally settling in Santa Maria, California. In 1974, she met the love of her life, Malcolm Dunham, with whom she spent the rest of her life. Following retirement, they moved north to beautiful Fort Bragg, California, where they built a lovely home atop a sand dune overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Marilynn loved trips to the central California coast – Cambria, Morro Bay and especially Pismo Beach where she went clamming with her dad when she was a child. On recent visits, she enjoyed walking on the Pismo Pier and the beach, and reminiscing about her early life in that part of California. Marilynn's spiritual life was centered around the Methodist Church and Journey Farthest Out where she was active in planning and creating week-long summer family retreats. Marilynn was also a volunteer at the Redwood Coast Senior Center, supporting the Circle of Elders day care program. One of Marilynn's joys was writing short stories. She participated in the College of the Redwoods Creative Writing class and the Mendocino Writers Conference for many years. Some of her writings were published in the AARP Bulletin and in an anthology entitled, "Love After 70." She also published a memoir of short stories written about her childhood years. Marilynn was a very positive and caring person who brightened the lives of everyone she met. She always had a radiance that would permeate your soul. She had a special place in her heart for children, having been a preschool teacher and director for several years. But her first love was her grandchildren. There was always a special play area with lots of toys and books in her home, where she would spend many happy hours with them. Marilynn is survived by her husband of 42 years, Malcolm; her five children, Michael (Paige) Singleton, Suzan Singleton, Stacey Singleton, Cindy Singleton and Dan (Laurie) Singleton; as well as two step children, Marjorie Mullan and Chris (Suzie) Dunham; 27 grand, great-grand, great-great-grand children; cousins, Sharon Russell and Alane Gray; and niece Leslie Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Redwood Coast Senior Center, Mendocino Coast Hospice, Evergreen Methodist Church or your favorite charity. We would like to especially thank Marilynn's close friend, Diane Bush, who was present and helped her through her final days; Terri Ebrey, the Hospice Coordinator; and Dr. Zoe Berna, whose loving care was a wonderful blessing for Marilynn. Shortly before her passing, Marilynn requested that a party to celebrate her life be held at the Redwood Coast Senior Center in Fort Bragg. This will occur on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 2 p.m.
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