MARILYN WINIFRED BARRAZA
1949 - 2020
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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.

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Nov. 10, 2020.
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December 14, 2020
I first met Marilyn ten years ago when I joined what was then Area Board 10 of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Marilyn had been appointed earlier by Governor Schwarzenegger and served as Area Board 10's chair. We bonded over our shared experiences, including having obtained graduate degrees from CSUDH. She was so knowledgeable and competent in advocating for those with developmental/intellectual disabilities. She was warm, genuine, and cared deeply for the plight of others. The community to which she was devoted has lost a fearless and devoted advocate. Humanity has lost a first-class lady. I weep for that loss and extend my heartfelt condolences to her family. RIP, Marilyn.
Harold Fujita
Friend
December 3, 2020
I am incredibly grateful that Marilyn came into our lives and supported our family in so many ways that continue to bless us to this day. She set our son, Toby up for successful full-inclusion when he was in Kindergarten. Her brilliance and ability to defend our child’s rights to be educated fairly among his peers through elementary, middle, and high school has made Toby the confident 11th grader he is today. She helped me emotionally through so many IEPs. My heart is heavy and I am sad to know she is gone. She influenced me, heart and soul, to be the advocate I am today. She taught me so much! The lessons weren’t always easy but they set me on a better path as a person, and an advocate for my son and students. I am inspired by her work and in awe of her strength, courage, determination and compassion to make open ones eyes and to make the world a better place for people with disabilities. In gratitude Arigato Marilyn!

Susan Hadeishi and Family
Susan Hadeishi
Friend
November 20, 2020
To the family, friends, and all that knew her:

I’ve been struggling with what to say about Marilyn’s passing. Who knew when we were growing up that Marilyn was destined to become such a devoted and successful advocate for the disadvantaged. Tears keep falling and I’m not sure why? Perhaps because all of us who knew her, soon too will be joining her. But, we had good friendships and great times together. As Dr. Seuss said, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Marilyn will be missed.
Bob Martin
Friend
November 18, 2020
Losses of friends we once knew and cared about, even if we haven’t seen them for a very long time, touch our hearts and leave us with a heavy, sad feeling. I am so sorry for Marilyn's family's loss. It is just wonderful to see that she left such a remarkable legacy, particularly in the disability community.
Barbara Gebhard Nelson
Classmate
November 18, 2020
My heart is heavy with sadness and great sorrow upon learning of Marilyn’s passing. Her numerous accomplishments and successes are a testament to a remarkable woman’s strength of character, perseverance and sacrifice for the benefit of others. Her family, friends and colleagues have my deepest sympathy. Memories last forever and I consider it a privilege to have known Marilyn. God blessed us with her to make a difference in so many lives.
David Weir
Friend
November 16, 2020
Marilyn was a higher classmate of mine. I remember her on the Lakewood Hi Drill Team. She was really an upbeat person. God Bless you all and may he shine his light on you. Look at Jordan Smith's web site. This reminds me of Marilyn God Bless. https://youtu.be/ahtikZJdJDk Friend of DeAnn Lubell and Bob Martin all classmates of Marilyn
Linda Waisner
Classmate
November 16, 2020
I was a lower classmate of Marilyn. I was 1968 and she was 1967. God Bless to your dear Marilyn. May the Lord Bless you and Keep and Shine his light on you. Friend of DeAnn Lubell and Bob Martin. Remember Marilyn on Drill Team at Lakewood Sr. High, Lakewood, CO. Look at Jordan Smith's Video from his Something Beautiful CD. https://youtu.be/ahtikZJdJDk. God Bless to All.
Linda Waisner
Classmate
November 16, 2020
Marilyn went to Lakewood Sr. High School in Lakewood, CO. I was the class of 1968 and she was the upper classmate of 1967. She was a great friends to DeAnn Lubell (my best friend) and Bob Martin. We were all Lakewood Hi graduates. I remember Marilyn well passing her in the hall ways and always an upbeat person. I remember watching her dancing on the Drill Team at all the athletic games and class assemblies throughout the two years were were in high school together. 1966 and 1967 then she graduated and moved on with her great life. FYI-- I'll donate the to breast cancer society in memory of her.
The way your wife, mother, and daughter lived life was outstanding. What a strong and outstanding trooper to the USA. I have attached a song by Jordan Smith winner "2015 The Voice." Jordan Smith's song off of his CD "Something Beautiful" when you think of Marilyn. Look at Jordan's video. You'll love it. This song reminds me how Marilyn lived her life. God Bless you all and she is up in heaven watching over you. May the Lord bring you peace. If this does not work, go to Jordan Smith's web site. He is a blessing to all on earth as Marilyn was.
https://youtu.be/ahtikZJdJDk

Linda Waisner- God Bless
Linda Waisner
Classmate
November 12, 2020
Such a great lady... Marilyn was well known in the community and a respected advocate for kids with educational needs. I'll never forgot how you helped me to be an advocate for my own child. RIP
Marla
Friend
November 12, 2020
Such a great lady... Marikyn was well known in the community and a respected advocate for kids with educational needs. I'll never forgot how you helped me to be an advocate for my own child. RIP
Marla
Friend
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