Long time Colusa County resident, Marion Allison, transitioned on Nov. 30, 2019 at age 85. She was born on Aug. 28, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah, living there with her family until they moved to San Francisco, CA in the early 1940’s.
She married Duane Lee Allison, in Sept 1953 and they raised four children, Doug, Jann, Mark, & Lew. The family lived in the SF bay area until they moved to Chester in 1962.
She had worked as a book keeper in the bay area, and then again later in life when working with her sister, Leslee. She was primarily a stay at home Mom for more than 12 years, with some part time jobs in the Chester area. From store clerk at the corner store to waitress at several of her friends cafe’s (Leflers, Kopper Kettle, Birds Café, Plumas Pines).
She was also a very popular home hair stylist, performing cuts and dyes, along with those dreaded “perms” we came to shun like the plague… And of course she cut all of her children’s hair (and many of their friends) until they were out of school. As her children all moved from Chester, she and Duane relocated to the Chico area for several years, eventually relocating to Colusa County, to be closer to her children and growing number of grandchildren.
In the late 1980’s she entered the UC Master Gardener program and after completing her studies went on to volunteer for them for more than 20 years. She maintained a large colorful yard, with many roses, flowers, fruit & nut trees, etc… She also volunteered as a Senior Sheriff for the Colusa County Sherriff Dept. for many years; initially helping with visitors to the jail, riding on county calls and later helping inmates learn gardening.
She was always a positive and caring person and instilled in her children and grandchildren: respect, compassion and manners, along with gratitude, empathy and a good dose of work ethics.
She had many good friends whom she enjoyed very much! The monthly ‘Book Club’, Menopause Group, her Colusa County Volunteer family, etc. the list goes on… She was especially proud of her ‘kids’ so to speak…. she claimed to have 43 ‘kids’ (and it would be one of the first things she told you when you met her!), her 4 children & their spouses, her 9 grandchildren and their spouses, and her 23 grandchildren – none married yet.
She was such a kind, loving presence that will be deeply missed.■
12/18/2019 • WPR #2019-1771