Cover photo for Marilyn Elizabeth Novy Callais's Obituary

Marilyn Elizabeth Novy Callais

June 18, 1935 — February 1, 2024

Marilyn Elizabeth Novy Callais

June 18, 1935 — February 1, 2024

Marilyn Callais, 88, of Acton, CA passed away peacefully on February 01, 2024.  Born on June 18, 1935, in Milwaukee, WI. Arrangements are under the care of Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, CA.  Marilyn lived a vibrant life filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.

Marilyn is survived by her loving children, Christopher Michael and Lynda Ann Callais; along with her adored grandchildren, Michael Anthony, Cory Scott Davis and Cassandra Lynn Chittenden,  and great-grandchildren, Thomas James and Vesper Emelia Chittenden.

Marilyn, affectionately known as Mom, and dad last lived together in The Antelope Valley where they enjoyed their ranch property; accompanied by their horse Apache and little dog Bali.  They embraced the Van and Camper lifestyle, traveling around and visiting campgrounds, particularly relishing their time at Lake Tahoe

Marilyn was a skilled seamstress from a young age, crafting numerous dresses and costumes for her children, as well as creating her own chic outfits over the years.  She had a passion for reading, painting, drawing, and needlepoint, and was in the process of learning crochet.  Together with her husband, they enjoyed designing and creating art projects using their scroll saw. 

Social gatherings were a cherished part of Marilyn's life, as she hosted friends for dinner frequently, nurturing many long-lasting friendships. She shared a close bond with her parents, spending Sundays together and often accompanying her mother on shopping excursions.  Marilyn had an eye for aesthetics, ensuring everything looked its best, and she had a deep love for animals, instilling in her children a compassionate care for all creatures.  

Music played a significant role in Marilyn's life; she played the piano and loved to dance particularly to her husband's country music collection.  She was sentimental, treasuring every card and letter she received and making sure to acknowledge special occasions with heartfelt cards of her own. Marilyn pursued a career in secretarial work and briefly ventured into real estate before returning to her passion for secretarial duties, working for Hughes Aircraft Missiles until her early retirement.  Always eager to learn, she attended Pierce College and earned an Associate's Degree. 

Marilyn will be remembered as a strong, independent, intelligent, religious, and nostalgic woman, leaving behind a legacy of love, creativity, and cherished memories.

Marilyn's legacy of love, creativity, and strength will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.  She will be dearly missed.

A memorial service to honor Marilyn's life will be held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on February 23, 2024 at 9:30am.

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Funeral Service of Marilyn Callais

Friday, February 23, 2024

9:30 - 10:30 am (Pacific time)

Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills - Faith Chapel

6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068

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