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Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
MURLIN, Loretta Isabelle, passed away October 12, 2001. Keaton's, San Rafael, 415-453-0571.
Loretta Isabelle Murlin
Passed away on October 12, 2001 in San Rafael. The youngest of six children born to Annie Millerick and Joseph Fredericks in San Francisco on August 2, 1911, Loretta grew up in a loving and lively family. She attended schools taught by Notre Dame nuns and in high school sometimes commuted from school to the family summer home in San Anselmo via ferry and train. She took her vows as a Notre Dame de Namur sister in 1930 and spent 45 years teaching in Catholic schools from Santa Barbara to Seattle. She was so loved by her students and teaching associates that many kept contact with her over the years. Loretta was called to a different life when she left the convent and subsequently married. She spent 20 adventure filled years living in Tucson, Arizona and traveling across the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. She also traveled into Canada and Mexico. And, when in her 70's, Loretta traveled by herself to Africa. Loretta spent the last six years of her life at Nazareth House, San Rafael, in order to be close to her many relatives and friends. Her love of tennis -- and other sports -- was well known by family and friends. She was especially proud of her relationships with the younger generation. Loretta will be missed by all for her lively humor, love of sports, and interest in all those around her. Loretta was preceded in death by all of her brothers and sisters and by her devoted husbands, George Thomas and Bill Murlin. She leaves behind her two stepsons, George Thomas (and wife, Sue) and Bill Thomas (and wife, Colleen), and six step-grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her nieces, Nancy Lundblad (John) of El Cerrito, Lois Grimes of Concord, Leah Forbes (Cecil) of San Francisco, Claire Villa (John) of Novato, and Helen Sitchler (Carl) of San Rafael. And her nephews, Laurence Thompson (Mary) of Danville, and Leonard Thompson (Bernadette) of San Francisco. She will also be missed by numerous great nieces and great nephews, her former teaching associates and past pupils, especially her dear pupil and friend, Maryknoll Missioner Arthur Wille of Los Altos and Africa. A joyous Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Nazareth House Chapel on November 17th at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment private. Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Donations may be sent to: Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, 94903 or to Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 14800 Bohlman Road, Saratoga, 95070. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571.
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