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12-13-21, Madge Fahlman, 99

Madge Kilbourne Fahlman died Dec. 13, 2021, just 3 weeks shy of her 100th birthday. She recovered from a mild case of COVID a year ago, on her 99th birthday, before her vaccine, and died of old age and natural causes.

She was born in Seattle, WA on Jan. 8, 1922, and was adopted one year later by Frank and Blanche Kilbourne.

They moved to Ojai, CA in 1928, where her parents ran the Ojai Valley Newspaper and stationery Store.

She graduated from Nordhoff High School, and in 1942, she met Campbell Fahlman when the Army took over the Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club for the troops.

They were married in April 1943, in Hattiesburg, MS before he shipped out to Europe. When he returned after the war, they lived briefly in Detroit, MI before settling in Ojai.

Madge worked at her parent's business when she was young and she acted at the Ojai Art Center. She held jobs making military uniforms and selling ladies’ hats while in the South during the war.

She and her husband owned a music store in downtown Ojai until he became a social worker and then she worked for many years at AARP in Ojai.

They raised two children in Ojai. She and her husband moved to Ventura in 1970, and they spent many happy years traveling the Western U.S. visiting family and friends.

They moved into assisted living in Camarillo, in 2006, when her husband’s health was failing. After his death, she remained there, making new friends.

She always said she had no regrets, that she married the love of her life, she traveled, she worked, she had good friends, and she had a wonderful family.

She was preceded in death by her brother Frank Kilbourne, Jr. She leaves behind her children, Martha Christensen (Richard) of Klamath Falls, OR and Frank Fahlman (Judy) of Camarillo, CA; five grandchildren, Aron, Natalie, Corey, Brian, Brad; and seven great-grandchildren, Keiden, Holly, James, West, Brant, Sephy, and Ember.

She asked to be cremated and her family will celebrate her life privately. Thank you to the caring staff at Royal Gardens Assisted Living (now Aasta).

Obit Fahlman photo

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