Magdalena Ursula Marks

March 23, 1924 – June 13, 2017


Magdalena Ursula Marks, 93, born March 23, 1924, originally from Germany, and a World War II nurse, was a proud and loyal citizen of the U.S., and long-time resident of the communities of Lake Isabella and Alta Sierra, Greenhorn Mountain.

She passed away quietly into eternal sleep Tuesday, June 13, leaving her loving husband, Otto Marks with the same sweet smile that she gave him when they first met 65 years ago. Her two daughters, Monika Rose and Lilian Wright, miss her sage wisdom, strength of character, and sense of humor.

She also leaves behind a son, Nick Marks, grandchildren David, Kathleen, Kati, Erika, Brennan, Michelle, Paul, and six great-grandchildren.

Madeline, her nickname, was an avid cook, baker, and food preserver, sharing German traditional cooking with her family as well as explorations of various cultural and ethnic foods. She also loved gardening with her husband and spending time with family and friends. Madeline was an avid dancer into her 80s, and she and her husband, Otto, belonged to a large polka dance club that would travel to dances all over the state. She would don her dirndl and he would put on the lederhosen and they would polka, waltz, and become adept at complex variations of dances learned over the years.

Madeline worked as a secretary and office manager at Hughes Aircraft for 20 years when they lived in Long Beach, then retired to Greenhorn to stay at their beloved cabin and their second home in Isabella to enjoy the outdoor life.

A celebration of life on July 1, 2017, will be held at her home on Greenhorn Mountain.

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