Marsha Lois Ackland Sorensen
1947 - 2021
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Marsha Lois Ackland Sorensen passed away February 21, 2021 at the age of 73. Marsha was born in Adrian, Michigan on June 4, 1947 to Bruce and Frances (Irwin) Ackland. The family soon moved to Santa Barbara, CA where Marsha grew up. She attended Franklin School, Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School, graduating in 1965.

Marsha had a lifelong love of equines. Over the years she had many horses and mules and loved riding the backcountry in Paradise Canyon, where she had a home for many years, and made many friends. She was known to many in the canyon as Marsha LaBudde. She later moved to Marvel, Colorado, with her husband Ed where they had 40 acres for their horses, mules and some draft horses, and plenty of room to ride. They joined the Four Corners Draft Horse, Mule and Carriage Assoc. which they loved and went with the group on many outings with their horses and mules.

Restoring 50's/60's small camp trailers was another of Marsha's passions and she had a real flair for decorating them in various themes. She and her friends sometimes took these little trailers out on camping trips, where they loved to hike and look for different rocks and enjoy the wildlife and the outdoors in La Plata Canyon.

Another very essential passion for her was thrift-store shopping along with her family and friends. She had an uncanny knack for finding the most unique treasures and using them in her many art projects. She was a very talented artist, making beautiful jewelry, birdhouses, painted treasure boxes, paper flowers, and countless other projects.

In late 2018 Marsha was diagnosed with non-small cell cancer. She moved to Las Vegas, NV to her sister's home in order to undergo treatment that wasn't readily available to her in Marvel. She had always hoped to return home again.

Marsha always had a smile on her face and was a genuinely happy person. Her many friends loved spending time with her on any outing, camping, or thrift shopping. She had a great sense of humor which produced many chuckles. She will be forever missed in our lives.

Marsha is survived by her husband Ed Sorensen, her son Micah Pearlman and his partner Dianne Morey, her daughter Gillian Stott and her husband Tim, her sisters Judy Ryan and Catherine Meredith and her husband Don, her grandsons Norman and Hunter Stott, nephews David, Steven and Paul Ryan, and nieces Jennifer Meredith Dodd and Ariel Knox.

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care Marsha received from the caregivers of Hospice.

At Marsha's request, there are no funeral services pending. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you give to the charity of your choice in her memory

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Published in The Durango Herald on Mar. 15, 2021.
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