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Loel Marston (Millar) Buckley

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Loel Marston (Millar) Buckley

Place of birth: Oakland

Religious affiliation: Catholic

Loel Marston (Millar) Buckley died peacefully on August 7, 2017, surrounded by her family in Coarsegold (Madera County), California at the age of 90. She was born July 7, 1927, in Oakland at Fabiola Hospital and was a third generation Californian whose family has lived in the Bay Area since 1857. Her parents were Margaret Lowell Garthwaite Marston and Otis Reed Marston of Berkeley. Her maternal grandparents, Maria Augusta Lowell Garthwaite and Edwin Hatfield Garthwaite were born in San Francisco in 1857. Her paternal grandparents, William Harrington Marston of Cutler, Maine and Adela Alice Reed Marston of Mt. Desert, Maine, were married in San Francisco in 1884. Both families were prominent residents of Oakland and Berkeley, as were other family members of the Tildens and Cockrofts. She is predeceased by her first husband, Russell Ward Millar Jr. and her second husband John Edward Buckley II. Her brother Otis Garthwaite Marston predeceased her in 2005. She is survived by her twin sister Maradel Marston Rowlands of Fair Oaks, CA., three sons – Andrew Millar of Orcutt, CA., Bradbury Millar of Coarsegold, CA., Duncan Millar of Tustin, CA., seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She attended Hillside School in Berkeley, Anna Head School for Girls in Oakland, the University of Arizona, and the San Francisco Theological Seminary. She and her siblings were early “river runners” on the Colorado River with their father in the 1940s. Loel was extremely active over the years in Marin County, where she lived since 1968. Vibrant, funny, inquisitive, and adventurous, she touched the lives of countless friends and family members over the years. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral Notice Detail

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 16 in Petaluma. For further information email If desired, donations in Loel's honor may be made to the Marin Humane Society: (415) 883-4621.

A Memorial Service will be held at

Private Home


Petaluma , CA 94954

On: Sep 16, 2017 — At: 3:00 PM

4 Responses

  • Katie Shreve On

    Dear Duncan, Andy, Brad and family, Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to all of the family at this difficult time. We know your mom/grandma was a bright spark and you were all so blessed to have her in your lives. May God, family and friends comfort you. Lots of love from the Shreve family.

  • Duncan Millar On

    Thanks, Duncan. I wont't be able to attend. I will always hold your mother in my heart ... her beautiful smile and welcoming eyes. I will miss our long talks over lunches throughout the years. She spoke of you often, in such loving ways. Take good care, dear boy. Val

  • Duncan Millar On

    Dear Duncan, Thank you for the note regarding your Mom's service in Petaluma on September 16, 2017. I am responding to your email address rather than the evite invitation. I am truly sorry that I won't be able to attend the service. Your mother was an absolute "Doll". How she loved it when I addressed her in that manner. I will miss her terribly. She was a wonderful sponsor, friend, confidant and I am grateful she was a part of my life. Please express my condolences to your family. Be strong. This is a horrible time. My best thoughts for all the family. Karen Davis

  • Duncan Millar On

    To Duncan and all Loel's family, She was a grand lady. She graciously came to my parents' garden parties in Lafayette. They and we, their children, adored her. She was full of a treasure-trove of family memories and stories, which she so generously and kindly shared. She always puts me in mind of my paternal grandmother's (Marion Garthwaite's) book, Coarsegold Gulch, one of my earliest forays into reading. All our love and sympathy at this difficult time. How good to have so many loved ones around her! She was both blessed and a blessing. Pete, Cathy and Brian Garthwaite


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