Marian Helen George
Marian Helen George

October 19, 1920 - February 13, 2020
Born in Lanare, California
Resided in Eugene, Oregon
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Marian Helen Cardoza George passed away February 13, 2020 at the age of 99. She was born in Lanare, California on October 19, 1920 to Joseph Ignacio Cardoza and Marianna Ferreria Silva Cardoza. Marian was the oldest of five children. Her parents immigrated to California from the Azores in the early 1900’s. They only spoke Portuguese so when Marian started school, she brought home books and taught her father English as she learned it. Marian attended school through 9th grade.

Marian married the love of her life, Tony Joseph George, Sr., in Riverdale, California, on August 11, 1940. Together they raised four children: Arleen (Bladl), Tony George, Jr., Marilyn (Wong), and Leonard. They were married 73 years. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker and taught all her children to be self sufficient.

When Mom and Dad first married, they lived with Dad’s mother, Louisa Vargas George. Dad told us that they moved soon after as he had “too many cooks in the kitchen.”

Their first home was 416 Porter Avenue in San Jose. During the Porter house years, Marian coped with the challenge of being a single mother as her husband was off serving in World War II. They lived there seven years and Arleen and Tony were born. They then moved to 258 East Shamrock, Campbell, California and lived there the next 13 years, where Marilyn and Leonard joined the family. Marian was active in many family related activities including Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. They added a swimming pool to the backyard and this is where the neighborhood kids and the pool parties were.

Marian and Tony moved their family to a ranch on Hall Road near Cheshire, Oregon on October 31, 1960, where they raised Hereford beef cattle, chickens, rabbits and pigs. Leonard’s fond recollection of the move is that it rained every day in November that year! A woman’s life was hard on the ranch, where there was a monthly drive to town 45 miles away to get a supply of groceries and sundries that could not be raised on the farm. Marian loved gardening and produced abundant amounts of produce to feed the family. In September of 1965, a devastating fire destroyed the family home and possessions. This was a very difficult time for Marian, but she persevered. Marian and Tony rebuilt a beautiful A-frame home with help from neighbors and family, especially their son, Leonard.

They enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing and playing cards and games. Marian and Tony traveled to all 48 states and Canada. They belonged to the Good Sam RV club and the OR-Lane Roamers. “Our motto—Keep active to be with a healthful outlook in life.”

“We enjoyed raising our two sons and two daughters. They have really given us so much wealth in love and enjoyment.” “In our retirement, we did a lot of craftwork.” Tony enjoyed woodworking and Marian dabbled in oil painting, creating several pieces cherished by her kids.

In 1983, they moved to a mobile home in Eugene where they continued to enjoy life to the fullest.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Tony; and two sisters: Eva Enes and Elvera Dutra. She is survived by her brother Joseph Cardoza II of Fresno, California, and one sister, Mary Martin also of California; and her four children: Arleen Bladl of Eugene, Oregon; Anthony George Jr. and his wife Connie of Scottsdale, Arizona; Marilyn Wong and husband Rick of Sammamish, Washington; and Leonard George and wife Susie of Elmira, Oregon; eight grandchildren: Christopher George, Jennifer Strampher, Charles Radosta, Jimmy Radosta, Jason George, Jessica George, Bob Wong, and Jacqui Wong; and seven great grandchildren: Anthony Jacob (AJ) George, Justin George, Brett Strampher, Emma Radosta, Miles Radosta, Madalyn Polito and Rocco Polito.

Marian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved to be surrounded by her family and enjoyed her many family pictures which she showed off to visitors. She was dearly loved and is greatly missed every day by those fortunate enough to be a part of her long life.

Marian was a member of the St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Junction City and later, St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Eugene.

A Celebration of Life will be held March 28th, 2020 at 1PM at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, 4810 Willamette Street, Eugene OR 97405. Arrangements in the care of Sunset Hills Funeral Home.



Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Crematorium and Cemetery
4810 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR United States 97405