Marie, age 84, loving mom, grandma and great-grandma, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family, on April 8, 2013.
Marie was born on December 26, 1928, near Caruthers, Ca., where she resided until she met and fell in love with Ray. They were married on April 21, 1947. Ray and Marie later moved to the Easton area, where they raised their family. They were married for 54 years, until Ray's passing on August 23, 2001.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis Eugene and Alpha Elizabeth Tarlton; her infant grandson Eldon; and her brothers, Everett, Elmer, Roy and Irvin Tarlton.
Marie loved to cook. She was well known for her delicious berry cobbler, homemade buns, and fried apple pies. Her home was a gathering place for family, friends and neighborhood children. She also enjoyed sewing, crafts, shopping, and especially loved to garden.
She was adored by her grandchildren. They say that they were so lucky to have had the "best grandma in the world."
"As we look upon her picture, sweet memories we recall of a face so full of sunshine, and smile for one and all."
Marie is survived by her five children, Reba and Carl Bowden, Eddie and Janie Edwards, Anna and Steve Farris, Janice and Harold Jung, and Darrell Edwards, all of the Easton area. Also 16 grandchildren and their spouses, Carla and Tim Savoia, Craig and Michelle Bowden, Donnie Edwards, Toni Combs, David and Elisabeth Edwards, Christina and John Berry, Steve and Amy Farris, Karina and James Edlund, Melissa and Matt Pap, Keisha and Steve Kellerhals, Natalie and Matt Woofter, Cynthia Jung and Denver, Kevin, Laura, and Mackenzy Edwards; 28 great-grandchildren, Marco, Rachel, Caleb and Faith Savoia, Jessica, Justin and Nicholas Bowden, Jared, Ashley and Preston Combs, Colton and Cadee Edwards, Haley and her husband, Matt Ruiz, Randy and Carter Herman, Tanner and Trenton Edlund, Sonora, Levi and Jude Farris, Devin Schmidt, Tyson Pap, Kevin, Brody and Ryan Kellerhals, Hannah and Raegan Woofter, and Brendyn Edwards and her sister, Florence Cullins; sister-in-law, Alveda Tarlton of Fresno; sister-in-law, Kathleen Edwards of Nipomo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, April 15,2013, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lisle Funeral Home in Fresno.
A Graveside Service will be on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Washington Colony Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to Easton Presbyterian Church, 5895 S. Elm Ave., Fresno, Ca. 93706; or Hinds Hospice, 1616 W. Shaw Ste. A-5, Fresno, Ca. 93711.