April 13, 1949 - November 4, 2020
Marilyn Barraza, devoted wife and mother, advocate for special education students and families and long-time resident of Manhattan Beach, California, passed at the age of 71 following a 26-year battle with breast cancer, surrounded by family on November 4, 2020.
Marilyn is survived by her mother, Dorthea R. Cox (97) of Torrance, sisters Lonnie Ingram of Tucson, AZ, and
Sharone Cox of Denver, Colorado, brother Bill Bonecutter of Wingdale, NY, husband of 42 years, Eliazar "Alex" Barraza, her daughters Amy Barraza and Lori Delgado (Thomas Delgado) of Pinon Hills, CA, and beloved granddaughter, Emily Delgado (10).
Marilyn was a devoted mother and wife. She began a lifelong career of advocacy shortly following the birth of her first daughter. Marilyn fought tirelessly to build inclusive environments in schools for students with disabilities, founding Advocates for Special Kids, and participating as CalTash Board Member and SW SELPA CAC Board Member. Marilyn sought and obtained her Masters in 2003 from California State University, Dominguez Hills in Social Work and was part of the professional organization of COPAA for student advocacy.
Marilyn split her time between her residence in Manhattan Beach, and Blythe, CA, at the family home on the Colorado River. She frequented the Manhattan Beach Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and could be found enjoying the company of the "CBandT Ladies" in the early morning hours on the patio. Marilyn loved sunsets, roses, NASCAR, and baking. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family and all who knew her.
A small family service will be held at a date TBD. In lieu of flowers, donations to an organization of your choice can be made.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Nov. 10, 2020.