In Memory of my husband, Duane E. Moll – 1952-2008

Dear Friends, Readers and Customers,

With the deepest sorrow imaginable, I must tell you my dear husband Duane passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday night. We are all in grief and shock as he was only 56 years old and we had no indications ahead of time.

The Urban Homemaker started out as my hobby and later turned into our family business through Duane’s vision and hard work. The Urban Homemaker will continue to serve all your needs for products and information in the Spirit of Titus 2.

My assistants Sandy Tuin and Laura Rogers will do their best to continue a high level of service in the meantime. I expect to return to the office next week.

My daughter Laura is flying home from Iraq as I write. She has a very long almost two day flight.
My children have grown up in the business and will be able to help me carry on with the highest level of service you have come to expect.

I am totally unprepared to becoming a widow at the relatively young age 56. Duane was a wonderful husband and daddy and will be desperately missed by myself, my children, my church family, and you my customers.

I have written you all twice in the last year about how life is fragile embrace with thanksgiving the smallest of everyday blessings. Unfortunately, now it is my turn to understand in a personal way the truth of these words.

Your prayers for a smooth transition and God’s provision are most appreciated. Cards can be directed to our PO Box 72, Paonia, CO 81428.

With deep sorrow,

Marilyn Moll
The Urban Homemaker

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171 comments to In Memory of my husband, Duane E. Moll – 1952-2008

  • Dear Marilyn and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. You will all be in my prayers.


  • Oh, Marilyn! My heart breaks for you! We will be upholding you and your family in our prayers. We trust that you will find comfort in our Savior’s loving arms!!!

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Words are not enough, I know.

    May God hold you in the comfort of the shadow of His wings. May He guide you through the coming days and put salve on your wounds with His loving Word. May He draw your family close together for comfort and support. May you rest in His sovereignty and design for your life. May you have joy for Duane that He is now with His Father and Savior.

    In Him,
    Recording the Faithfulness and Provision of God for Future Generations

  • Marilyn, I am so very sorry for you. I really don’t know what to say other than I am sincerely praying for you, as our whole family will be. We think of you both every time we use our WhisperMill we bought from you guys several Christmases ago. Much Love, Kimberly

  • I am a brand new reader (in the last 2 days). I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know you will be in my prayers.

  • Jennifer

    I am praying for your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Lord,
    Please sustain the Moll Family as they make it through this grievous time. Fill them with your steadfast love and comfort.
    In Jesus Christ mosty Holy Name I pray,

    God’s faithful love endures forever.

    Your Friend In Christ,
    Shay Carr

  • Cathy

    Dearest Marilyn,
    I am praying for you and your family. I am grieving with you. May our mighty God comfort and support you more than ever.

  • Marnie

    I am so sorry…My heart aches for you. We will be praying for you. Keep your eyes on Jesus!

  • Oh Marilyn,

    My heart and prayers are certainly going out to you and the family. I honestly am at a loss for words to say…but know that my heart is aching for you. I am holding you up in prayer.

  • Donna Jackson


    Please know that I am and will continue praying for you and your family. My first husband died 12 years ago at the age of 37, so I know some of what you are going through. This is a time for you to let others love on you and support you, don’t try to be brave and do it all yourself. The Lord will bring the right people into your life to help you and love on you and just be there for you. But most of all, the Lord will be there for you each and every time you call on him.

  • Dear Marilyn,

    Please know that my family, church included, will keep you and yours in our prayers for a gracious transition as you continue on in your life’s journey with your beloved watching over you.

  • Jennifer

    Praying for you and your family and so sorry for the grief you are experiencing. I pray that God holds you up, surrounds you with people who love you, and comforts your heart in this dark time.

  • I’m so very sorry for you loss. My heart breaks for you all, especially you, Marilyn. May God comfort you as only He can.

  • Marilyn,
    Oh how our Savior does require some of us to suffer such sorrow! He will uphold you dear sister in Christ. Know that you and your family are being prayed for by many!

  • Marilyn,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Cindy


    I am so very sorry. I am praying for you and your family!!!

  • I’m so sorry to hear the new of Duane’s passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • +JMJ+

    Oh, dear Marilyn! As soon as I received the notice, I said a prayer for you and your precious family. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through, but I know this: our God will sustain you.
    “Jesus, I trust in You!”
    With tears and swallowing hugs,

  • Diane Williams-Perry


    I am speechless. I send hugs and prayers.

  • Andrea

    I am just so, so sorry, Marilyn. I have appreciated The Urban Homemaker through the years and you have our prayers and sympathy at this time. I pray for God’s mercy and comfort to you and your children.

  • Jamicka Jones

    Marilyn, family, and staff
    I just received your email today and although you don’t know me personally, because we serve the same God we are Sisters in Christ and I wanted you to know that you all are in my prayers in this time of mourning and what lies ahead in your future. I have not personally lost my husband, so I don’t know what you could be feeling but I do have a close friend whom lost her’s two years ago. There was many times I would just go to see her and let her cry and I’d cry with her… or just listen to her, because I believe that was what she needed most. Not for some to tell her that’s going to be better tomorrow or next year, or in a few years, but to be her friend now and until God departed us from each other and to encourage her as best I could. Even til this day… I send her flowers occasionally to let her know she is thought of and her husband is never forgotten. I hope and pray someone close to you will do the same and that they will uplift you even after all the visitors, have gone. I pray for strength for you and I know that you will make it… somehow, someway… you will. Love and Blessings to you.

  • Cindi Cote

    So very sorry for your loss. May the love and support of your family and friends bring you comfort right now in your time of need. I have enjoyed your Urban Homemakers very much and appreciate the gift your family has given so many mothers like me out here. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jayne

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that you and your family will find comfort in His love during this time of great sorrow.


  • My prayers are with you. May God bring you comfort and support.

  • Susan

    My most sincere condolences for your loss. Praying for you to find peace until you will one day meet him again.

  • Tonya

    I feel so badly for you.I am lifting you and your family up in prayer now and in the coming days and weeks.

  • Dear Marilyn & family,

    Please accept our sincerest sympathies for this terrible loss. We have been there with the loss of two teenage children several years ago. Our hearts ache for you & trust you to the Father’s hands.

  • Oh, I am SO sorry.

    I remember when my daughter placed an order a couple of years ago and your husband called her to talk about the order. She talked about what a wonderful man he was to do business with.

    My prayers are with you.

  • I am so sorry, you have my deepest sympathies. I will pray for you and your children.

  • Lynne in NC

    You and your family are in our prayers. Know that you are loved.
    I am sorry for your loss. Thanks to your staff for letting us all know via email and the web.
    May you know the love of our Lord as He envelopes you as you begin this path. I will continue to pray for His comfort to be shown through others.

  • Gerd Doroshuk

    Marilyn, I’m so sorry to hear about Duane. May God give you the strength and comfort you need right now and in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you here at Norwex.

  • Marilyn,

    Speechless….just speechless! He does all things good! I will be praying for you and your family.

    Peace be upon you!

  • Marilyn, I can only say how very sorry I am for your tremendous loss. I pray that you will feel the Lord’s presence, love and comfort every moment and that He will strengthen you and give you peace.

  • Kathy

    Marilyn and family, We are so,so very sad to learn of your loss but Mr. Moll’s gain in his homecoming to his savior. We will be praying for you. As a wife/mom with a dear husband about the same age, I grieve with you. I can’t imagine the sorrow, loneliness and grief that you must feel, as well as the shock. We will pray for your peace and reliance upon your dear savior as you go through this time.

    We are thankful for the hard work put into your company. It has served us well for many years.

  • Oh Marilyn! I am so sorry! Lifting you up in prayers!


  • Mickie

    Dear Marilyn and family,

    My heart is breaking at the news of your husbands death. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort your heart during this deep time of sorrow.

    The Lord bless you,

  • Angie

    I am just so sorry. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Valerie

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are holding you up in our prayers. I pray that you feel His loving arms wrapped around you right now……….

  • Sandy Pryor

    praying for you even now. we all will completely understand if you aren’t up to your usual when it comes to urban homemaker. take time for yourself and your family as long as you want.

    a sister in Christ

  • Julie

    Dear Marilyn,
    I am so sorry to hear the news of Duane’s passing. My heart goes out to you. I will be praying for you all. In 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about “the God of all comfort”. May you and your family experience Him as you pass through this difficult and sad time.
    I appreciate all that Duane and you have done over the years with your family business. It has been a source of education and inspiration to me. Here in New Hampshire, where the winters can be really long, your newsletters and blog have brightened the gray and cold days.
    With love in Christ,

  • Heidi Graves


    My heart breaks for you. Always so kind and understanding..Duane was a huge help to me with all of my many questions time and again over the last couple of years. You and your children are in our prayers. My love goes out to you.

    Love and peace,

  • Micki

    He touched all of us through his work to make our lives better. My heart is broken for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mary

    A few years ago I “googled” “stainless steel bakeware” and found a link to the Urban Homemaker. I ordered some pans and when I received them, I ordered more for my daughter. That was how my relationship with this company began. Since that first encounter, I have received so much more…in the way of catalogs, emails, and a lot of knowledge. It’s obvious from the emails that Marilyn takes pride in what she does and is very dedicated to her business. Not only does she preach eating healthy, she lives it. Although I have never met Marilyn personally, or her family, I have felt a connection to them through her emails. Therefore, I am deeply saddened that they have to go through the pain and grief of a sudden death of a loved one. The family will be in my prayers as they go through the next weeks and months of trying to cope. God bless you all.
    Mary, Satellite Beach, FL

  • Tiffani

    Dear Marilyn,
    I don’t even know what to write that would seem in anyway adequate for this time. Just know that we are praying for you and your family.

    May you deeply feel the Lord’s love during this time.

  • Dear Marilyn,
    Our deepest condolences. II Cor. 1:3&4, praise Him, He is the God of all comfort.
    Marie, for the Cline Clan

  • What can I say that hasn’t already been said? I’ve been so sad for you and in shock all afternoon. Just know that I’m praying you feel Jesus’ arms around you…

  • Dear Marilyn,

    My heart is so heavy for you today. I am terribly sorry for your great loss. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless you and keep you.

  • Marilyn:

    My deepest sympathies upon Duane’s untimely passing to you and yours.

  • Dearest Marilyn & Family,

    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband and father, Duane. You all will be in my prayers.

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