Marie Cluff |

Marie Cluff

Memorial services will take place March 25 for Marie (Head) Cluff, who died Feb. 15, 2006, in Alamo, Calif.

Marie was born Aug. 8, 1919, in Chico, Calif. She graduated from Stanford University at age 20 in 1940, and got her teaching credential from California State University, Chico, in 1942. She came to South Lake Tahoe from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1963 and lived in Echo View Estates for 34 years until 1997. Marie was a teacher, real estate agent and volunteer for numerous community-based organizations both in Tahoe and the Bay Area. She was an active member of the Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian church and Grace Presbyterian in Walnut Creek, Calif. She was very athletic and rode her bicycle everywhere in the 1950s. She was a singer, reader and hiker. She loved to travel and she and her husband, Will, traded houses around the world long before it was the thing to do.

Marie was most proud of three things besides her children. She was a licensed pilot and flew with her husband. She decided if something happened to him she had better be able to land the plane, so she got her license. She was the founder of Ordinary People Meeting Extraordinary Needs, a community-based organization in South Lake Tahoe that responds to the extraordinary medical needs of local residents. She was the founder of an unusual book club in Rossmore, Calif., in which 15 to 20 people would meet twice monthly to discuss books several had read. Everyone read his or her own book and then reported on it rather than everyone reading the same one and discussing it.

She is survived by daughter, Kris Martin of Clarksburg, Calif.; son, Jas Cluff of Felton, Calif.; sister, Barbara Head of Oakland, Calif.; grandchildren, Will and Joshua Martin and Sarah and Amy Cluff; and great-granddaughters, Sierra Trujillo and Avery Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Will Cluff; and her parents, Rhoda and James Head.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. March 25 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94595.

Memorial gifts may be made to Ordinary People Meeting Ordinary Needs (OPEN), P.O. Box 13802, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151.

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