Keaton’s Mortuary

1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA

In lieu of flowers please donate to PIKOhana. a non-profit cofounded by Marion that helps children learn about music by providing Ukulele’s to Elementary School Music programs. All donations can be se...

Marion Sagar Boyd

May 13, 1946July 22, 2020

Equipped with a slight but perceptible southern drawl and fiery spirit that never quit, Marion Boyd, 74, of San Rafael passed away on July 22, 2020 after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on May 13, 1946 to parents John Sagar and Thorburn Lillard in Elkin, North Carolina. John Sagar, (born in Wales, UK) and Thorburn (Elkin, North Carolina) raised their four daughters spending time between their summer home in Roaring Gap and Elkin, NC. Marion graduated from Elkin High School and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1968. After graduation during the summer of love she decided to head west to visit some friends in San Francisco. She never went back. There she met William Boyd who had just returned from a tour in Vietnam to attend Stanford Law School. They were married in 1974 in Roaring Gap, NC and moved to Marin County to raise a family. They had two children Mitchell Sagar, (1976) and Sterling McMicking (1979) and lived in the Sun Valley neighborhood of San Rafael. William and Marion divorced in 1989.

In the early 1990’s, Marion went to work for Marin Center in San Rafael. Marion served as the Deputy Director of Cultural Services for many years and worked on all Marin Center events and programs, the Marin County Fair, and many other County initiatives. Marion started as a volunteer usher and went on to serve in many roles including event coordinator, event supervisor and finally Deputy Director. She loved the Marin Center and was well known for remaining cool under pressure and handling any issue that came her way with grace and dignity.

Marion never met a hobby she did not completely devour. She was a competitive tennis player, avid reader, race walker, hula dancer and played ukulele with her friends in the UFOhana in San Rafael; she always took her hobbies seriously and excelled.

While she believed in living a more private life, for her friends and family Marion had an overwhelming kindness and sense of spirituality that she was always willing to share over an iced tea at her favorite haunt, Bogies in San Rafael.

She was a dear friend of Marin, a true partner to those she loved and a beloved mother and grandmother. She is survived by her three sisters, Sterling Vestal, Ann Roach and Sara Sagar, two children Mitchell and Sterling, five grandchildren and her wonderful partners William Boyd, Dean Jones and Sandy Bailey.

In lieu of flowers please donate to PIKOhana. a non-profit cofounded by Marion that helps children learn about music by providing Ukulele’s to Elementary School Music programs. All donations can be sent to PIKOhana, 1585 Vendola Dr., San Rafael, CA. email: kaleikoa@piko.ws


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Marion Sagar Boyd

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Jane Anderson

August 2, 2020

Marion always inspired love and admiration from me. One of my earliest memories was one of empathy for a deep loss and grief she experienced as a young woman. She has always shown me kindness, humor and strength, wise beyond her years. Thorbie, Uncle John and Grandmother Marion have welcomed her home!

Sarah Smalley

August 1, 2020

Marion was a beloved aunt. I will miss her greatly.
I am so sorry for your loss Mitch and Sterling.

Will miss sitting on the porch in Roaring Gap catching up with her every summer.

Doug Reinhardt

August 1, 2020

Sharing a precious memory of Marion from high school days. This picture was in our annual. Marion was chosen queen of the Monogram Club and represented us in the Homecoming parade.

Doug Reinhardt

July 31, 2020

The Elkin High School Class of ’64 (Marion’s class) extends its sincere condolences for your loss of a wonderful person that we had the privilege of growing up with. We saw your request to send donations to PIKOhana in lieu of flowers, but, as is our policy, we had already made a $100 donation to the EHS Class of 64 Scholarship Fund. This money goes to support our alma mater, Elkin High School, of which Marion was very fond. In our 50-year reunion booklet, Marion had expressed her appreciation for the fine education she received there, so we thought it was most fitting to make a donation to a school that she valued so highly. We will always remember Marion for her sparkling personality and kindness to everyone regardless of their social background.
Doug Reinhardt, classmate

Thomas Dillon

July 30, 2020

Sterling and Mitch and Bill,
Please know that we're thinking about you and wishing you the best during this tough time. Marion was a wonderful person of whom we have many happy memories.
Grace and Tom

Bill Davis

July 27, 2020

I extend blessings of comfort to the family. Marion was an excellent student at Elkin High School and was liked both by students and her teachers. I had the privilege of being one on her teachers. She was a lovely person with many fine qualities.

Joe Harris

July 26, 2020

Her portrait in the family’s home is clear in my memory. What a beautiful woman she was.
God bless and rest her soul.

Jerry Swaim

July 26, 2020

Marian was a wonderful classmate. Among my memories of her is a strong one of how she and her friend Eleanor developed a keen love of horses. They drew various breeds with pencil at every opportunity and produced what I thought were some strikingly beautiful pictures.

Mahala Huffman

July 26, 2020

Marion was a special friend of mine throughout school. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers.

Jamie Leonard

July 26, 2020

I am so sorry! Marion was a true beauty and I considered her a friend . We had some good times back in the day ! I always hoped to see her again and just spent time catching up ! My heart is broken for her family , especially her sisters ! God bless !