Marian Wilcox | Obituaries | tucson.com

(AKA Rafia) was born in 1938 and died on April 16, 2021 in Tucson, AZ. Marian is survived by her husband Ron Wilcox. Daughter Dr. Lisa Goldman and husband Andy Heller; Granddaughter Lucy Heller and husband Brent Johannes; Son, Rabbi Michael Goldman and grandson, Ben, Elie, and Judah Goldman and stepson, Sean Wilcox. She is also survived by her younger sister, Gretchen Leland, of Colorado, and her first husband, James Donally. Marian married Ron Wilcox in 1993, who showed constant loving attention throughout their 28 years of life together. Marian holds a BS in Biochemistry, an MA in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf, and a Certificate in Computer Programming and Analysis. She was a multidimensional being with an independent free mind and a penetrating, non-judging and loving gaze. Her enthusiasm and sense of adventure led her to travel up the Amazon, hike in Nepal, and take trips to India. Although Marian was living with Parkinson’s disease, she continued to hike, train and paint watercolor paintings, and write books of poetry, one of which was intermingled with her watercolor paintings. She loved to paint nature, her grandchildren, friends and self-portraits. Marian’s spirituality was an integral part of her life; Her Jewish roots were celebrated along with a Sufi path, the Inayatiyya lineage. Her spiritual name, Rafia, reflects the elevation everyone experienced when they were with her. She believed that the unique voice of each religion reflected the one God. As a minister in the Inayatiyya, she led universal worship services in which all traditions were celebrated. She received the “Goldenes Herz” award for the recognition of selflessly awarded work. She is known for her great courage, truthfulness, simplicity, generosity, intelligence, love for family, community and commitment to the rights of all people. Marian was buried in the Ner Tamid section of Evergreen Cemetery with a traditional ceremony performed in Hebrew and English by her son Rabbi Michael Goldman. The Inayatiyya Tucson Center held a memorial service to celebrate her life. It is widespread and is very much missed. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY.

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