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Marillyn Dale Triplett

December 18, 1924 – December 10, 2012

POSTED December 18, 2012 8:05 p.m.

Marillyn D. Triplett was born in Turlock, California in December of 1924 to Russell and Irene Triplett. Marillyn died peacefully on December 10, 2012 at Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 

She had an older sister, Evelyn Newburg, and a younger brother, Andy Triplett, who preceded her in death.  She also has a younger sister, Betty Graham, who survives her. Marillyn is also survived by 2 nieces and 8 nephews and more than a score of Grand- and Great-Grand   nieces and nephews.

Marillyn went to work in Turlock at the G. W. Hume cannery in 1946 as a Payroll Clerk and worked up to positions as the Payroll Supervisor, and then Payroll Manager. In 1972 the cannery changed its name to “Joan of Ark” and Marillyn continued in her role. In 1976 the cannery was acquired by Tri-Valley and she continued with them in an executive capacity until her retirement.

Marillyn never married, but treated all her nieces and nephews as surrogate children, showering them with attention and love for the rest of her life. She became the caregiver for her mother, caring for Irene until her mother’s death in 1998. Marillyn enjoyed reading, gardening, collecting stamps and owls, beachcombing, and she especially loved caring for her cats. Marillyn Triplett showed great courage and strength during her life. She lost her hearing as a young child, but learned swiftly to read lips as a substitute for listening to someone. She never considered herself to be disabled or handicapped and was able to function normally in society. She held a standard Driver’s License. She held jobs of increasing responsibility until finally achieving an executive position at Tri-Valley, which led to her inclusion in the 1983 Edition of "Who’s Who of California." Even though she was profoundly deaf, she enjoyed putting her hand on the piano in her home and sensing the vibrations through her fingers. She also loved to feel her cats purr as they sat on her lap.

There will be a Memorial Service at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd. on Friday, December 21st at 2:30 P.M. A graveside ceremony (for family only) will follow immediately after the service. Please leave your condolences at www.turlock memorialpark.com

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