November 28, 1934 – April 25, 2022
Resident of Livermore, CA & Previous long time resident of Fremont, CA
Marliene was a native of New Zealand. Born in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand to Joseph (Arthur) and Sybil McGifford. She met and married John, who was a Marine. In their early years of marriage they lived in several different East Coast States. Marliene had their only child Tanya at a Marine base in Rhode Island. The family eventually moved to Fremont California where she spent most of her adult life.
Marliene was a long time Cosmetologist in Newark and Fremont where she took great pride in making numerous women have attractive hair styles. She was always very conscious of new and upcoming trends and made sure she was one to personally present herself to John, her husband of over 50 years and to her clients coming into the salon, as beautifully as she could. Throughout Marliene’s life, whether sick or getting ready for a days work she always made sure that she had her makeup on. It wasn’t until recently while spending time with her mom that Tanya found out Marliene always finalized her application of makeup with a look in the mirror and saying “I look good today!”
After retiring from Cosmetology, one to never sit still, she started working out at a local gym. There she transformed her body at 60 years old to win a senior body building/fitness competition at 61 and became very interested in physical fitness training. Well, not long after that Marliene became a certified physical fitness trainer where she went on to have a second career. Marliene met another trainer, Darrell Lutz in 2005 with whom she had a close friendship with until she passed. It gave Marliene great joy to have her grandchildren, Frank and Rachael, eventually train with Darrell. Marliene worked with clients privately at gyms in Fremont and after landing a job at the local YMCA she helped people again look great! It made Marliene very proud that she was able to help train many people, especially the seniors that improved their mobility. While teaching her classes she helped the director of the YMCA loose over 70 pounds as she worked to help transform his body and change his lifestyle. Very few people outside of her immediate family would have ever known that Marliene had any type of health conditions. They are noted as health conditions rather than health problems because Marliene made it a point throughout her life to never have them be a problem for her or anyone else. On one occasion while vacationing in Kauai, she made sure to show her family that she could still do anything, by going zip lining at 80 years old.
Although Marliene always excelled at her places of employment they always were secondary to her family. While Tanya was growing up, Marliene and John instilled a strong work ethic in her and Marliene’s continuous example of caring for others most likely had an influence in Tanya becoming a Nurse. After Tanya married Frank and Marliene became a Grandmother there was nothing that would stand in her way of doing anything she possibly could for her grandchildren Frank and Rachael. Frank and Rachael were known to everyone that knew Marliene as she was very proud of everything they did and made sure that anyone that knew her, knew about Frank and Rachael’s latest achievements. Frank and Rachael had a very strong bond with their Grandma and recently talked with her about how they both enjoyed Granny’s grille, stories about the tea leaf pattern in the bottom of the cup after having tea and all the loving times they spent together.
Marliene is survived by her daughter Tanya, son-in-law Frank, grandson Frank, granddaughter Rachael, sister Nita, brother Barry whom are both residences of New Zealand and many nieces and nephews in New Zealand and Australia. Marliene will be truly missed by Tanya, Frank, Frank Jr., Rachael, her extended Gomez family and so many friends that loved her.
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Published by East Bay Times on May 13, 2022.
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