Muriel DeMarco passed away on April 23, 2018. In her final days, she was lovingly supported by family and friends. She was attended to with compassion and kindness by the staff at Avamere Court Assisted Living, where she had thrived for the past 2 ½ years. She was 91 years old.
Muriel was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 20, 1926 to Harold and Marie Dunavan. Through her growing up years, she was surrounded by a large extended family. Until his death in 2006, she was very close to her older brother, Herbert. Muriel graduated from Harper High School in 1944. She worked for a time in a title company in downtown Chicago. In 1948, Muriel married Peter DeMarco, who preceded her in death in 1988. When Peter graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1950, they moved to Salem, Oregon. Peter built a private practice. Together they raised three children—Deborah, David, and Daniel.
Muriel cared deeply about family, friends, and giving service to others. She was an amazing cook and loved to host gatherings in her home. She and Peter were known for their skill at entertaining—making guests feel welcome and comfortable. On holidays, there were nearly always friends included in the family celebrations. Muriel was devoted to her grandchildren. When they were young, she would take all five of them on outings or have them over for slumber parties. She would plan art projects, take them swimming, or have them make ice cream. As they grew older, she was ever available to mentor and cheerlead them. Muriel did a great deal of volunteering, including with Willamette Valley Hospice, which provided care for her in the last few weeks of her life.
Muriel was a lifelong student in the spiritual arena. She was an avid reader and enjoyed attending workshops and lectures. She regularly set aside time for prayer and meditation. She was a firm believer in the power of positive thought. In her later years, she often found herself in the role of teacher—offering wisdom, guidance, and encouragement.
Muriel is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. The family suggests a donation in her name to a charity of choice. A celebration of her life for family and friends is planned and will be scheduled at a later date.
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As a employer of her son Dan and getting to know the family Muriel was a lovely Lady .