On October 17, 2011, Marilyn Adele Rose passed away peacefully at home with family and friends at her bedside. She had suffered a long illness with grace and humor. During her final months she was helped by the tender mercies of her family, her friends, and Hospice of Santa Cruz.
Marilyn was born in Syracuse, New York on July 27, 1934, but moved to Santa Cruz as an infant with her parents, Mary Lou and Robert Beckley Rose. Her mother was a Santa Cruz native, the youngest of seven children of John H. and Maude Mulloy Boekenoogen. In the nineteenth century, the Boekenoogen family lived in Monterey County before moving to Santa Cruz at the turn of the twentieth century. Marilyn's Uncle Bill (Beatty) Boekenoogen was a well respected photographer and her Uncle Roy Boekenoogen a well-known journalist here in Santa Cruz. Marilyn graduated from Santa Cruz High School and, after a brief stint at San Jose State, moved to Los Angeles where she worked for the Pacific Telephone Company. Later she was an airline stewardess flying for United Airlines between San Francisco and New York. After her children were born, she devoted herself to raising them to be good citizens of the planet. An astute and willing listener, Marilyn always found time for her friends and family.
Marilyn loved traveling and in her later years spent time in Mexico. While there, she took the name Marisol, a name by which she is known to many of her friends. She was an accomplished astrologer, and she was also deeply interested
in dreams and dream therapy. She was a poet and an artist who specialized in the art of living.
Marilyn is survived by her sons Tad Van Petten of Istanbul, Turkey, and Michael Van Petten of Palo Alto, California, and by her daughter Kamala Rose, her grandson Charles, and her two granddaughters Adele and Amelia of Snoqualmie, Washington. She is also survived by a multitude of friends scattered around the globe.
A gathering of friends and family at her Santa Cruz residence is planned for Saturday, October 22.
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