July 23, 2014

Carol M. Marshburn, Arthur E. Marshburn—1920-2013

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MARSHBURN FAMILY

Carol M. Marshburn, Arthur E. Marshburn—1920-2013

Former Topanga residents Carol and Arthur Marshburn passed away within days of each other in 2013.

Former Topangans Carol M. Marshburn and Arthur E. Marshburn passed away peacefully within days of each other, Carol on Oct. 8, 2013 and Arthur on Oct. 15, 2013. They were 93 and had been married for 71 years.

Carol was born in Monrovia, CA and graduated from Whittier College. She and Art, who enlisted in the Army, were married before he was due to be shipped out during World War II, and served in the South Pacific.

When he left for the war, Carol was pregnant but Art was not aware that he had twin sons for many weeks after they were born. He didn’t understand the message, “Son born,” that was sent to him twice meant he had twins. A daughter was born to the couple two years later.

Carol had taught elementary school until the birth of their sons and when Art returned from the war, he received a Master’s Degree in Meteorology from Cal Tech based on the training he had received there earlier. He was a physics instructor, first at Santa Monica High School and then for many years at Santa Monica College. He retired as Dean of the Mathematics and Science Division.

After the war, they settled in Topanga where Carol gave birth to another son. They lived here for 54 years. Carol returned to teaching and eventually retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

She was a Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, and served as president of the Women’s Association.

Art was always active in church and service organizations, serving for many years as the treasurer of their church. He is remembered for his wit and his genuine gratitude for those who helped him.

They retired to SunnyView Retirement Community in Cupertino, CA, where they lived for the last 13 years of their lives.

A memorial service was held for them on November 16, 2013, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, CA.

They are survived by three children, Robert, Jean and Tom, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and predeceased by a son, David.