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Marla F. McArron

Dec. 6, 1936 — March 17, 2011

Marla McArron, much beloved companion, mother, grandmother, friend and educator passed away suddenly on March 17, 2011.  She was 74.

Marla was born in Fresno and later moved to Davis.  Along with her family, teaching and learning have been the joys of her life. You would always find Marla with a book, puzzle, or math challenge.

Marla was a teacher for more than 40 years.  She was known for the amazing field trips she took her students on including Mono Lake, Salt Point and backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore.  She appreciated and shared her love of nature with all of her students. Students may also remember Marla for contracts, sitting on couches and listening to stories, singing, class elections, electives like baking bread, and always having hot water and mugs available in Room 18. Working with mentor Hanna Bauer, Marla developed curriculum used in the GATE programs.

She took her family camping, backpacking, and spent lots of time on her bicycle.  She enjoyed touring with the Davis Bike Club.  A few favorite trips included a trip from Davis to Oregon and tours in Europe.  She rode her first Davis Double Century when she was in her 40s and went on to ride 14 more consecutively.

Her travels took her to many places including Alaska, Europe, China, Nepal, Thailand, Costa Rica, South America and the Galapagos Islands. She shared her culinary skills on some Sierra Club trips.

A special joy in her life was spending time with her partner, Dick Tanner.  He built his dream house right across from her daughter, Shawna and her husband Rick.  They enjoyed walks on the property, watching wildlife and dinners on the patio.  Dick’s beautiful garden along with the waterfall he built were the perfect places to enjoy family.

Marla is survived by her brother Alan McArron (Dee Dee) of Selma, daughter Shawna Grinnell (Rick) of Foresthill, son Lance Donnell and granddaughter Piper of Reno, and Dick’s family members.  She will be dearly missed by so many.

A joint celebration of Dick and Marla’s lives will be held at Central Park Pavilion on Sunday April 3, from noon to 4 p.m.  Contact Shawna Grinnell at sgrinnell@sebastiancorp.net or Kendra Tanner at (530) 756-4590 or Kendra_tanner@hotmail.com, for more information.

 

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  • Laurie VienMarch 25, 2011 - 7:19 am

    Shawna and Rick, My heart goes out to you as you remember your mom/mother-in-law Marla. Although I never got to meet her, she sounds like an incredibly inspiring woman--someone I would have loved to know. I'll keep you in my prayers. Laurie

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  • Mike AquilinaApril 04, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    Shawna and Rick , I live in Foresthill and came upon the accident March 17th , Although I did not know your mom or Dick , my heart goes out to you and your family . After seeing the horrible accident my driving habits have changed and I am always nervous when another car is coming at me . Your mom sounds like she was a wonderful lady may she rest in piece . My prayers go out to you and your family . Mike

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