Obituary Notices and Memorials


HARTSON, Marilyn Mayotte
HARTSON, Marilyn Mayotte Jan. 24, 1932-Mar. 19, 2016 Marilyn Mayotte Hartson went to be with her Savior Saturday, March 19, 2016. She died peacefully at home with her family. The world has lost a beautiful light; a loving friend to so many. She passed with complete peace and her final words were a prayer. She is preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings, of which she was the youngest girl. She was born January 24, 1932 in Ann Arbor Michigan. She attended Father Gabriel Richard Catholic School and also Riverside City College where she acquired the credentials to teach preschool for many years at different schools depending on where she and her devoted husband of 45 years, Wayne Hartson lived. All of her students were precious to her and she was precious to them. While teaching at a school in Mariposa, California she had a student that loved her so much that she insisted that Marilyn would speak at her wedding when she grew up, and years later she did. Marilyn and Wayne loved to camp and travel in their RV.They made friends wherever they went and never lost an opportunity to turn moments into memories. Before Marilyn and Wayne traveled the United States in their RV, they walked the streets of Corona every weekend together. During the week, Marilyn had a group of friends, affectionately known as "The Walking Ladies" that she walked with during the week, all of which remained her dear friends throughout her life. It was all this walking that earned my mom the title of the "Walking Lady" of Corona. Marilyn leaves behind her husband Wayne, her four children, Robert Bonkowski and his wife Carolyn Bonkowski, Michael Bonkowski, Lauri Massari and husband JohnMassari, and Julie Dalen and her husband Thomas Dalen, 9 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren whom she treasured and who will miss her until we are reunited in heaven. A Memorial Mass celebrating her life will be on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 am at Christ of the Desert Chapel, 73441 Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert, California. Because our mother always said, "Roses are for the living", we know that in lieu of flowers at her memorial service, she would encourage you to share them with your loved ones instead. She always remembered to say "I love you" to all of us and she lived that love every day. Rest peacefully, sweet mom. We will be watching for your signs.

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