Our sweet mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Marilyn Jean “Toddy” Fasig Owens, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2018, in Cedar City, Utah at the age of 91.
Toddy was born on January 5, 1927, in Akron, Ohio to Wayne and Margaret Fasig. She moved to the San Diego area when she was a teenager. She attended San Diego State College where she met and later married “Bud” Owens, her sweetheart of 69 years. They were married on May 25, 1947 at Glen Abbey in Bonita, California. They were blessed with four children, all of whom she loved dearly, and was very proud of.
When Toddy was in 11th grade she had her first job working as a “soda jerk” part time for Zurcher’s Rexall Drugstore in Chula Vista. She was a real people person, so she loved to socialize and get paid to do so. In 1947 after she finished a secretarial course at San Diego State College she went to work for the San Diego Gas and Electric company. She loved her bosses and loved working for them. Her last job before she retired, and possibly her favorite, was being the attendance clerk at Hilltop Junior High School.
She and Bud loved going places with their four children when they were young. Later on she enjoyed spending time with her children’s families where we celebrated many Christmas’s together, and going to Lake Powell for a week at a time with their boat.
Toddy was never one to have a lot of hobbies, except shopping and going to lunch. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, and later in life, her great-grandchildren. She and Bud took their grandchildren on many fun trips in their motor home, better known as their “home away from home.” They loved spending time at the beach, the Grand Canyon, the sand dunes with their dune buggy, and Lake Powell with their boat. She was a huge supporter of all her grandchildren’s accomplishments. She made an effort to attend every major event in her grandchildren’s lives. She always made sure to let them know she cared.
She was an active member of the Community Congregational Church, where she attended faithfully since she was a young girl. She was a woman of great faith. She was very honest, and you always knew where you stood with her. She was very generous and always put others before herself. She had a great sense of humor and was extremely quick witted, even up until the very end.
She is survived by a son, David (Laura) of Spring Valley, CA; daughters, Susan (Val) of Cedar City, Utah; Debbi (Leo) of El Cajon, CA; and Donna of Los Altos, CA. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, with one great-grandchild “on the way.” She was proceeded in death by her husband, Bud, of 69 years, and granddaughter, Jennifer Gardner; her parents; and one brother.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 12 p.m. at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, California.
The family would like to express thanks to her wonderful physicians and staff who cared for her at Intermountain Hospital in Cedar City, Dr. Mark Corry and nurses, the wonderful staff at Stonehenge who assisted with her rehabilitation, and Intermountain Home Health Care and Hospice. They all made the last year of her life special by spoiling her, and she loved them all.