Thursday, March 19, 2009

Marietta Garlich Services Set For Saturday

I've been advised that the service for my friend, Marietta Garlich, has been set for Saturday at noon at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar. I've provided a map of the location and driving instructions at the bottom of this page.

The following is the obituary prepared by her loving husban
d, Bruce.


Marietta White Garlich
1/31/41 – 3/17/09

Her smile lit up the room. We lost Marietta and that unforgettable smile on M
arch 17, 2009.

Marietta was born in Detroit, MI on January 31, 1941, the daughter of Lee Ethel and Ivory White. Her parents and her brother Bob White of Detroit and sister Shirley Sampson of Los Angeles precede her in death.

Upon finishing high school she moved to Los Angeles under the wing of her sister Shirley. She worked at a variety of jobs, sometimes as many as three at a time. Eventually sh
e went to work at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica CA and later in Huntington Beach. She retired as an executive secretary in 1991 after decades of service, interrupted by an eight-year stint as office manager for Nichols Research in Newport Beach.

Marietta loved music. She played the cello in her youth and was a vocalist with a local combo in Huntington Beach. As a young woman she dreamed of being a professional singer. She could have been, she had the “pipes”! Her love of music and its value in enhancing the lives of children led her to join the Philharmonic Society of Orange County where she was a member of the U
pper Bay Committee and, as a member of the PSOC Executive Committee, served as vice president of Youth Concerts and later as vice president of Membership. Marietta was also a member of the board of the Assistance League of Santa Ana.

People who met Marietta liked her on contact. They soon became her friend and her friends soon came to love her. She was all about giving and asked little or nothing for herself. She was a sought after counselor to family and friends, sharing her strongly held philosophy on women’s issues, personal responsibility, respect, and love of others. It was a gift. She was both fiercely independent and forever loyal.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 34 years, Bruce, of Costa Mesa CA, her step son Gregory Garlich of Huntington Beach, CA, sisters Edna Morgan and Carolyn Rolland of Augusta GA, nieces Carla Lett of Vallejo CA and Dawn Lett of Los Angeles, CA and nephews Kevin White and Gary Bowles of Los Angeles and Kenneth Dotson of Augusta, GA along with a host of grand nieces and grand nephews.

Services will be held at Pacific View Memorial Park, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 on Saturday, March 21 beginning promptly at Noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hoa
g Hospital Cancer Center, Newport Beach, CA.


Pacific View Memorial Park can be reached from the north by exiting the 73 Toll Road on MacArthur Boulevard southbound to San Joaquin Hills Road. Turn left on San Joaquin Hills to San Miguel Drive. Turn left on San Miguel, then right on Pacific View Drive.

From the south, exit the 73 Toll Road at Newport Coast Drive southbound to San Joaquin Hills Road. Turn right on San Joaquin Hills Road to Marguerite Avenue. Turn right on Marguerite to Pacific View Drive. Turn right to cemetery.

From southbound Pacific Coast Highway, turn left on MacArthur, right on San Miguel Drive, then right on Pacific View Drive.

From northbound PCH from Laguna Beach turn right on Marguerite Avenue to Pacific View Drive, then turn right to the cemetery.



Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Geoff,

What a fantastic tribute to a friend of yours. I am Gary A. Bowles, Marietta's nephew.
I just ran across this while searching info on me on Google.

Thanks so much for your thoughts, prayers and friendship to Marietta and Bruce.

Much love to you and yours. If necessary I can be reached at

3/19/2010 10:57:00 AM  

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