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Marilyn Garten

July 15, 1932 — January 25, 2021

Marilyn Adele (Youngren) Garten passed away on January 25, 2021 in Catonsville, Maryland.  She was born on July 15, 1932 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Leonard B. and Bessie M. Youngren.  Marilyn attended college in Sioux Falls before going to work in Washington, D.C. where she met her future husband, Jim Garten.  Marilyn and Jim had five children and retired to Sun City, Arizona in 1979 from Vienna, Virginia.

While in Vienna, she was active in the Five Hills Garden Club and always involved with the many activities of her busy family of seven, making for a happy and loving household.

When living in Arizona, Marilyn was active in a number of organizations, including the Sun City Women’s Choir, St. Clement of Rome Church Choir, St. Clement of Rome Women’s Group, the annual Ecumenical Week of Prayer, the Cancer Discovery Thrift Store, and the Society of F.B.I. Alumni.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and travelling to be with them while lending a helping hand and to celebrate important life moments of her five children and their spouses, her 11 grandchildren and her six great-grandchildren.

In January 2018, she moved to Ellicott City, Maryland to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Trish and Tom Daquano.  She will always be remembered for her love and devotion to her family, being an accomplished violinist, her lovely singing voice, her cheerfulness, her beautiful smile and pretty emerald green eyes.

Marilyn was predeceased by her husband, James W. Garten, Sr., her parents, two sisters, two brothers, and one grandson.  She is survived by her children: James W. Garten, Jr. (Robin), Oro Valley, Arizona; Michael A. Garten (Doreen), Albuquerque, New Mexico; Patricia M. Daquano (Thomas), Ellicott City, Maryland; Eileen F. Cantrell (Gary), Beaufort, South Carolina; and Ellen K. Wells (James, deceased), Boerne, Texas; as well as ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, her sister Colette Cadwell, Oviedo, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Elkridge Maryland at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021. The inurnment will be private. *Due to restrictions from COVID-19, please have a face covering/mask on at all times while in the church. In addition, with current regulations, the church is at capacity with 100 guests inside. Please use the hand sanitizer provided upon entering the church and exiting the church.*

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Marilyn’s name to Gilchrist-Hospice, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD  21031.

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