“I had been riding horses before my memory kicked in, so my life with horses had no beginning. It simply appeared from the fog of infancy." Monty Roberts
  • 60 years old
  • Born on February 13, 1951 in Hanford, California, United States.
  • Passed away on October 28, 2011 in Gilroy, California, United States.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Marilyn Ann Irwin 60 years old, born on February 13, 1951 and passed away on October 28, 2011. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Marjorie Eldevik on 20th February 2018
My dear Marilyn, I am a little slow in posting a thought about you on your birthday but I have thoughts about you multiple times a day, so I will share one of those.I remember a family film Dad made of us sisters while we were waiting for our wading pool to fill on a hot summer day. You were about 18 months old and you were jumping up and down with excitement. You suddenly turned around and gave a big dimpled smile to the camera. The image of that smile could make the saddest soul happy. I love you forever. Margie
Posted by Marjorie Eldevik on 1st November 2017
Dearest Marilyn, The memories as your eldest sister ripple through my mind every day, pooling in my heart where I can feel each one. I love you and thank you for being part of my life. Margie
Posted by Janet Adams on 28th October 2017
Hi Marilyn, I wanted to let you know that I miss you. Yesterday, I was petting a beautiful quarter horse ridden by a sheriff from the Fresno County Search and Rescue. Honestly, that horse was the color, height, and personality of our horse, Rusty. Rusty was well cared for by the both of us and as well, her offspring Spinner was a crazy fun, Morgan. So, I reached out and gave this horse a long hard pat then smelled my hand and loved the memories that faint scent brought back. The sheriff smiled at me and I expressed that I will always love that smell. Marilyn, we would ride together for hours. Our conversations were usually about our hopes and dreams along with our current struggles in school. I still would like to own two horses and ride in the countryside or mountain trails. I visit Montana de Oro, Sequoia, Yosemite, and the high Sierras often and when I pass the horse camps or the sign of the trails you would ride with your friends, I smile. You were so excited to haul your horses up those trails and loved the excitement of camping with Jed and Travis and friends. Once, at Montana de Oro a rattlesnake was under a log near your campfire, a bear broke into your truck for food at Hume Lake, and you shared with me that your horse tripped and rolled off the embankment with you on it on a coastal trail. The bushes kept both you and your mount from rolling all the way down. You loved it and was always ready to go back. Hey, I love those places too. I actually visit the coast or mountains once a month. I hike for miles amongst the pine trees or coastal mountains and the smell, the breeze, my love of nature, and God remind me of how good He has been to the both of us. I love you, Janet
Posted by Marjorie Eldevik on 20th February 2017
My dear little Marilyn, To me you will always seem like that little girl who was scared to death of horses and dogs. As the latest posted pictures show, you got over that to become a great horsewoman and a dog lover. I can still remember your idol, Roy Rogers, and how I ordered an autographed photo for you and Janet. My memories of your childhood are very dear to me and will always lie deep in my heart. I love you. Margie
Posted by Marjorie Eldevik on 31st October 2016
My sweet Marilyn, I can't believe you have been gone a while but I know you are safely with the Lord and are completely whole again. I can't imagine what your must be experiencing but I look forward to seeing you again. I think of you every day and wish we could have had more time together as adults. I love you forever. Margie
Posted by Janet Adams on 29th October 2016
Hi Marilyn, Thank you for being my very best friend. You left to be with our Lord Jesus Christ five years ago. I know that you are in an amazing place. I have been reading a book called, Imagine Heaven by John Burke with scripture references. Wow, no time, lots of friends, beautiful scenery, light that never ends, and love that is endless. About Jesus: "When I saw Him, I fell at his feet if I were dead. Be he laid his right hand on me and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the First and the Last, I am the living one. I died, but look - I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave." Revelations 1:9-18 Marilyn, we will be with each other for eternity. So...I continue to live a life here on earth with great joy and praise to a wonderful Father. He truly is a great Father. Love, your twin sister, Janet Adams
Posted by Janet Adams on 15th February 2016
Hi Marilyn, Happy birthday and Happy Valentine's Day 2016. We are now legal for not only a car license, and a vote in this year's presidential election, but now we can receive Social Security and Medicare!! I miss you and would love to have a cup of coffee and chat about anything. I have been sharing with one of my granddaughters, now 4, a very special TV show we loved. Avie and I watch the old Roy Rodgers TV show on YouTube. ( it's a place in the cloud that archives videos) Trying to explain cowboys, bad guys/good guys, Trigger, Bullet, Nellie Bell, the jeep, and of course Dale Evans has been a joy. She asks me all kinds of questions during the 1/2 hour show. I try to express how special Trigger was to Roy. I believe I have her hooked. But really that was our favorite cowboy show and I love how simple it was. As always, Happy Trails To You Until We Meet Again!! Love Janet.
Posted by Marjorie Eldevik on 14th February 2016
Dearest Marilyn, What can I say to you on your birthday but that I love you and miss you. We can catch up someday when we meet again but for now you are in my heart. Love, Margie
Posted by Marjorie Eldevik on 9th November 2015
My dear Marilyn, A day never passes that I don't think of you. You were twelve years old when I went away to college and I missed the last years of your childhood but you grew up anyway and became a beautiful person with two wonderful sons. I wish we could have seen each other more often but the times we did get together were special. I know you are in a wonderful place now and I look forward to seeing your smile and feeling a hug from you again. I love you. Margie
Posted by Janet Adams on 29th October 2015
Hi Marilyn, I miss you and think about you often. We had quite a grand time together growing up in Hanford. You would love all the new technology that has changed the way we communicate and do business. It is so much fun. You loved your first computer and understood how to use it for accounting. I was lost when you explained how easy it was compared to writing in ledgers. I love you and say a big hello to all our family and friends in heaven. Love, Janet
Posted by Janet Adams on 13th February 2015
Happy Birthday Marilyn, I miss you as always and love looking back to our lives we shared together. Now, I have lots of candles on my cake and so do you. Many memories of joy, laughter, sharing, and of course cooking together. You would love Pinterest. No more cutting out recipes... just "pin" away and this thing called an app saves your favorites somewhere in the CLOUD. I love you tons. Happy happy birthday Marilyn. Janet Schumacher Adams
Posted by Lisa Claus on 13th February 2015
Flashlights in the dark, whispers and giggles, HORSES! Love always, Lisa
Posted by Lisa Claus on 13th February 2014
Hi, Marilyn. I miss you! Today I sent a Happy Birthday to Janet, and I want to wish the same to you. I think of you often, and love remembering our growing-up years with your sisters. I miss your mom and Dad, too, and just wish we could set the table for one more Thanksgiving together, you know? I spent some time with Susie and Janet a few months ago, just sitting and talking. We hope to get together again, and Marilyn, when we do, YOU will be there with us. I am so glad the Lord blessed us with YOU, and now keeps you safe.
Posted by Marjorie Eldevik on 13th February 2014
Marilyn, I remember the day you and Janet were born, one of the best days of my life. I watched you grow from darling baby to sweet little girl to beautiful, energetic woman. A day does not go by when I don't think of you and wish you could be with your family and experience all the family members who have been born in the past years and would love to know their Grandma and Aunt Marilyn. I'll love you forever. Margie
Posted by Janet Adams on 13th February 2014
Marilyn, tomorrow is our birthday!! We shared our celebration along with Valentines Day so mom baked two heart-shaped cakes. One for each of us. One birthday we had dad drive us both to Fresno to a horse tack shop and selected a nice breast collar to attach to one of our saddles. We rode in style! Jed and Travis are great sons. You would be so happy with their families. I love you! Janet Schumacher Adams
Posted by Janet Adams on 28th October 2013
Marilyn, I miss you. You were my best friend. I think of you often while I drive to work and think of our life together as children, young adults, and adults raising our children. Yesterday it was two years since your passing. Jed and Travis have become wonderful adults with wonderful wives with Travis raising three children of his own. I love you.
Posted by Jill Brinkman on 13th November 2011
I knew Marilyn in the late 1980's, when she trained a horse that I had back then. She was such a joy to be around, always so happy and energetic. I can still hear her voice greeting us as we drove up to her house - she would come bouncing out and say "Hi you guys!" Then she would share her knowledge about horses and helped me to become a better rider. Her boys, Travis and Jed, were always arou
Posted by Janet Adams on 31st October 2011
Marilyn, you were my best friend. We shared our lives together. Every birthday, every Christmas, all the school years and even college. You were the light when you entered a room. You laughed and others loved you. I stood back and watched the magic happen when you met others. You had a marvelous way of making others feel welcome and important. We are Christians! Soon He is coming.

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