It is with great sadness that the Reagan family announces the recent passing of Marilyn “Nan” Reagan of Eureka. Nan passed peacefully with loved ones by her side after a long and full life of 87 years. The family is grateful to the entire staff of Timber Ridge for the kind and attentive care Nan received over the past four years.

Nan was predeceased by John, her husband of 57 years. Marilyn leaves behind her eldest son John and his wife Kim, of Sacramento, her second son, David and his wife Janet, of Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, her third son Ed and his husband Tom, of Eureka, and her youngest son Bill and his wife Lisa of Jamestown, Rhode Island. Additionally, she is survived by her grandchildren Brian, Katie, Adrian, Kyle, and her great-granddaughter, Willow Elizabeth of British Columbia.

Born in Kansas in 1931 to Jack and Opal, she loved her family, which included siblings Jim, Dick, Erma, Bob, Terry, and Dennis with Bob, of Durango, Colorado, being the sole surviving sibling. The family moved from Kansas to Denver and eventually to Los Angeles, where Nan graduated from high school in 1949. After graduation she joined her family who had moved to Happy Camp, California, where she met her future husband, John. During John’s career with the Division of Highways, Nan set up family homes in Fort Bragg, Crescent City, Garberville and Sacramento. During their retirement years John and Nan enjoyed R.V. outings across the U.S. with many trips to the Northwest and Canada to visit family in British Columbia. Through her son Ed’s work with an airline she also enjoyed many trips to Hawaii as well as a special trip to ancestral Ireland. She was always ready for a family adventure.

Marilyn will always be remembered for her love of family and dear friends. She made every day special, especially holidays, and made each family birthday seem like a national holiday. The sons remember being awakened each morning by a mother happily greeting each day. Her passion for good family time is truly the hallmark of her life. Her sons all have countless, wonderful memories of how great it was growing up with John and Marilyn Reagan as their parents.

Marilyn enjoyed life and her priority was always time for family and friends. Her love of laughter and spending time with loved ones truly sums up her joy in life. She always gave more than she received and in doing so she received the greatest gift, love, from all who knew her.

She is now at peace in Heaven, joining husband John, her parents, siblings and other friends, and is patiently waiting for family and friends who greatly miss her and the joy she brought to their lives. It will be a special time of remembrance this Christmas as Marilyn loved her Christmas celebrations with family.


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