Marilee Heaston (Alcorn)
May 1947 ~ March 2020
Marilee was born in Modesto, CA to William T. and Geneva Alcorn and graduated from Downey H.S. in 1965. Marilee was wed to Gary Heaston on June 8th, 1968. They lived in Chandler, AZ, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, Hilmar and finally settled for good in Turlock in 1979, where they raised two sons, Kenneth W. and Matthew T. Heaston.
Marilee spent several years as an admitting clerk in the emergency department of Emanuel Hospital and later did billing and transcription work for Dr. Glenn James’ office. She eventually left the medical field and became the office manager for Olander and Williams Roofing Co., our family business, for twenty years. She also taught quilting classes at MJC for 15 plus years in the adult education program. She had recently been teaching quilting classes at Figamarole in Ceres, Ca and many of her previous students followed her, taking classes wherever she taught.
In high school, Marilee was active in The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and eventually served as Worthy Advisor of her local chapter. Marilee also earned her 25 year pin from the Order of the Eastern Star. Later in life she served as Secretary for the Modesto Airport Pilots Assn., President of the Peachy Sams RV club, VP and President of Country Crossroads Quilters and one of four founding members, as well as past President and VP of Turlock Quilt Guild. She served as chairperson of several quilt shows in the area. She was active in Daughters of the American Revolution and was a past Regent and current chaplain of her local chapter until her passing. Marilee was very involved with Quilts of Honor, making and presenting quilts to our nations veterans. She enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of all the organizations she joined and developed hundreds of very close friends.
Marilee loved to travel; Cruises to Hawaii, Alaska, several cruises to most of the Caribbean Islands, So. America and three trips to both coasts of Mexico. She also enjoyed the road trips that took the family to many of the Western states and Canada as well as the trips she took to Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.
She is survived by her best friend, soulmate, and husband of 51 years, Gary, her two sons Ken and Matt (Meghan), her grandson Chance, her brother Doug Alcorn (Diane) and her sister in law Shari Mattos (Ted Alcorn). Being surrounded by boys for so many years, she had a very special mother – daughter bond with her daughter-in-law Meghan (married to Matt). Marilee made friends everywhere she went and was “Mom” to many of her son’s friends and was “Momma” to several of her grandson’s friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Geneva Alcorn and her brother Ted Alcorn.
Marilee is loved so much by her family and friends. A wonderful, kind and friendly lady that will be greatly missed by all those that had the pleasure of knowing her.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Marilee’s family asks that donations be made to Covenant Care Hospice of Turlock or other hospice organizations of choice.
Services will be held at Allen Mortuary in Turlock, CA on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1 pm.