Marlene Gay Young, 62, of Colorado City, Colorado, passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2005. Survived by her brother, Larry (Marjorie) Young; sister, Kay (Gary) Rankin both of Pueblo; nieces and nephews, Tracey Young, Lori Dobson, Eric Rankin, Ryan Rankin, Ian Murray, Erin Murray; great-nieces and great-nephews, Mick, Mandi, Kristian, Madison and Chloe. Preceded in death by her parents, Eleanor and Dayle Young; and sister, DeNean Murray. Marlene was born April 23, 1943, in Pueblo. She was employed as a Psychiatric Technician at Colorado Mental Health Institute for 35 years. Per her request there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Monday, January 2, 2006, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Pastor Randy Flynt officiating. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My sincere condolences to everyone who knew and loved Marleen.

    My memories of Marleen are memories of a woman who loved to laugh. Marleen was my Mom’s best friend for over 40 years, as well a friend to my sister and I through our years growing up. To be around the two of them was always a special time and a perfect example of what true friendship is supposed to be. The two of them would talk endlessly, whether Marleen was on vacation here in California to visit, or across the miles on the telephone. Mom would always mention with much excitement if she had recently talked with Marlene, “FOR HOURS”! They seemed to have a telepathy connection, always sensing a need to talk to one or the other, even over all the miles.

    For me, memories of Marlene begin at a very early age when we still lived in Pueblo. But, my most memorable times shared with my Mom and Marlene were her visits here to California. The shock, the curiosity, and her child like amazement when we took her people watching, to Telegraph Ave in Berkley and sight seeing in “the Haight” (Haight Ashbury District) in San Francisco, during the height of the “hippie days”. She loved to see and experience everything we could find time for. Most of all, I can still hear her voice…and teasing her about her Coloradian (PC?) accent. Her dry humor response pointing at all of us, insisting “it’s yooou ahll that have the accents, not me”!

    Marlene was a great friend, she was family… to all of us. But, most importantly a very special friend to my Mom. I can only say…Thank you Marlene for being there for her and simply for being you…
    You will be sorely missed, but never ever forgotten!!

    With Sincere Sympathy,
    Love Always,

    “Nora Kay”

  2. Kay, Larry and kids,
    Marlene was my best friend for over 40 years. We met while working at State hosp. She was always there for me thru bad times and good, never judging or criticizing. There were those long telephone calls at all hours of the day or night especially after I moved to Ca. I talked to her just before Christmas.
    We had some great times together.
    Marlene, Kay and “Twink” came to Ca. to visit, and we had a wonderful time visiting San Francisco and seeing the sights. We remained friends for all these years, and I am going to miss her so much. I love you “Marlink”.
    Ellen, Larry, Lauren, and Nora Kay.

  3. Kay and all – I am so sorry for your loss. I remember such fun times with you both, and valued your friendship. Good memories of Marlene are a blessing, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Marty

  4. My memories of Marlene go way back to grade school. Forgive me if my mind is playing tricks but I remenber visiting her grandparents in their apt,. at Thatcher School when they were care givers Would have been ’49 or ’50.
    Whether or not that is correct, I know she was a sweet and caring person. Although we had not exchanged words for decades she was a great friend in our early years. My sympathy goes out to you her family.

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