Marian was born on December 23, 1919, in Nashville, Tenn. She passed away on April 8, 2018, in Pleasanton, Calif.
Marian was raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. After high school, Marian worked summers in Chicago, working for a magician (who sawed her in half every performance) and at a resort in Potoski, Mich. Marian graduated from Grand Rapids Community College, and attended UCLA.
In 1942, Marian married Fred Garbrecht, who was serving in the U.S. Navy at North Island, Calif. After WWII, the family moved to Grand Rapids where they raised their daughters, Sue and Pamela. In 1956, Marian returned to California to join her brother, mother and great-aunts.
Marian loved to dance: as a teenager, she starred in Grand Rapids ballets; she taught dance while at UCLA; and she danced the square dance in China when in her 60s.
In 1998, Marian married Alex McFarlane Mood and lived in Irvine, where they played bridge, made many friends, traveled, attended ballets, and enjoyed a special friendship with Alex’s daughter, Margaret. When Alex died in 2009, Marian moved to Pleasanton, Calif., where she made new friends, played ACBL bridge, and met a special love of her life, Mike LoDolce, of Pleasanton. Mike took Marian out to Peet’s for coffee every afternoon, where they enjoyed making new friends. Marian enjoyed the friendships of Mike’s daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Byron.
Marian is survived by her daughters, Sue and Pamela; her son-in-law Gary; her grandchildren Caia, Marni, Holly and Corey; and her seven great-grandchildren Megan, Nathan, Lewis, Sam, Justin, Tate and Maile.
Marian’s family wants to thank Pleasanton Parkview Assisted Living, Livermore’s Visiting Angels, San Ramon’s Comfort Keepers, and Fremont's Suncrest Hospice. They want to thank Marian’s great-grandchildren, who sent handmade cards and gifts, and made frequent visits over the last nine years, which brought additional joy to Marian.
Marian’s ashes are in the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery, across the street from the Parkview Assisted Living. Her friendships were so dear to her.