Marsha was a proud Bakersfield native and quintessential California girl, blonde and beautiful, with a captivating smile and a spunky, vivacious personality wrapped in a heart of gold. She was born and gently delivered into the arms of her parents, Don and Margo Robesky, on July 3, 1953, at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, by Dr. Chris Stockton - a close family friend. Her proud parents brought her home to Cedar Street, where she would spend the first nineteen years of her life. Marsha's idyllic childhood consisted of traveling on summer vacations with her parents and sister, Linda. They explored Europe, sailed on the Queen Mary across the Atlantic, attended Broadway plays in New York, and went on camping excursions with the family trailer in tow. She loved playing in the streets of her iconic Westchester neighborhood with her cousins and friends until the sun would set. Traditional barbecues and swim parties in the backyard were summer favorites. Marsha would often perform evening piano concerts, much to the delight of her father. When the fall football season started, the Robesky family would regularly be spotted in the stands cheering for their beloved Stanford Cardinal. Marsha attended local schools, Franklin Elementary, Emerson Junior High, and Bakersfield High School, where her parents taught. At BHS, she excelled in academics, modern dance, swimming, and cheerleading. Marsha completed her Associate of Arts degree in Child Development from Bakersfield College while juggling the responsibilities of a wife, mother, homemaker, and preschool teacher. She retired from her alma mater, Bakersfield High School, in 2004 after 15 years of service. Marsha left this world on her 70th birthday, July 3, 2023, at home with her husband by her side.
The sacrifices she made for her family are a testament to the legacy she leaves behind, including a love-filled, enduring relationship of 50 years with the love of her life, husband Robert. Marsha was a proud, nurturing mother to her precious daughters, Dominique and Candace, and son-in-law Bill. She was Nana to nine amazing grandchildren who filled her heart with love – Constanze, Robert, Gabrielle, Julian, Samara, Maya, Kai, Jude, and Jack. She was a sister to Linda Murdock and Sonia DeHazes, and enjoyed seeing their extended families grow and flourish.
Marsha, Mom, Nana – our love for you is immeasurable and infinite, and we will cherish and honor the gift of your legacy. Godspeed, my love, you are forever etched in our hearts.
A Celebration of Marsha’s Life will be held on Tuesday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m., at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 13701 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield.
Following the service, please join us for an informal gathering to share our favorite stories and memories of this remarkable woman.