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

  • Pam

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your company has always seemed to me to be very wholesome and very helpful. I am sure that is reflective of Duane. Please know that people all across the country are praying for you and your family during this time.

  • Anna

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss and will be praying for you tonight.

    Anna in NH

  • Marya

    Dear Marilyn,

    I am so terribly sorry to hear about your husband Duane’s sudden passing. I will be keeping you and your family in prayer.

    I have so appreciated the ministry and business of Urban Homemaker over the years. Thank you for all you do to mentor us in the spirit of Titus Two!


  • Megan

    Dear Mrs. Moll,

    I am very sorry for your loss and I will keep you in prayer. May the Lord give you the strength you need to go through this very difficult time in your life. He is always faithful.

    In His name,


  • Lynn

    Praying the God of all Comfort will comfort you during this time.

  • Niki

    Words truly aren’t enough. Your family has been such a blessing to me as I struggled to learn to be a godly wife and mother. You are in my prayers, and will remain there.

    God bless,

  • Jamie

    Our hearts & prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless you all and may Duane rest in peace.

  • Calina

    I sit here not knowing what to say, but feeling I must let you know that one more person is just SO sorry that you are going through this. I always enjoyed getting the catalog and reading the little glimpses into your family’s life-favorite dishes, your children serving you and your husband a special Valentine’s Day meal, etc. I will be praying for you and your children. My heart goes out to you all.

  • Joni

    Oh dear Marilyn…I am in shock and deep, deep sorrow. Words can not suffice. Just know that you and your family will be in my sincere prayers. May the Lord’s peace be yours, even as you grieve.

  • Amy

    I am shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • What a blessing your husband’s “vision and hard work” have been to so many over the years. May that same measure of blessing and more be returned to you now through the Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We’re praying.

    Michele and family

  • Florence

    Dear Marilyn,
    I’m remembering Duane’s gentle voice on the phone seminars and his quiet presence as you interviewed special guests. I can only imagine the void his unexpected passing brings into your lives. You and your children are in our families prayers. We are navigating an expected passing in our own family’s life and laying your sorrow down alongside our own. We pray for courage, strength and discernment for you and your precious children.
    With Joy!

  • Cara Fay

    Dear Lord,

    Please comfort Marilyn and her family in this challenging time. Draw her ever closer to you. Remind her that you are a Rock and the Prince of Peace and that you will make her cup overflow, even when it feels like it is running dry. Use these circumstances to knit her and her family closer to you and to one another. Let others see the joy that only you can give when we know that our loved ones are with you!


  • Jennifer

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you that God will keep you in His perfect peace. Thank you for what a blessing you are to so many women and their families.

  • Cherie

    Dear Marilyn,

    I was so saddened to read your mail about Duane’s passing.
    You are a very loving and generous person, Marilyn. My family will be sure to keep you and your family in our special prayers.

    Several years ago, Duane personally helped me place my first order over the phone. I always will think of him as one of the kindest and most patient people I have met.

    May the Light of the Lord’s Love Always Guide You,
    Cherie & family

  • Marilyn, I am shocked and saddened by this unexpected news. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Sonya Featherston

    Dear Marilyn and family,
    We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden loss of your dear devoted husband and father. Our hearts ache for you and we are praying for you during this sad time. I lost my mom in Oct. and though she was not my husband we were very close. I pray God’s peace for you during this difficult time. God is so faithful to help and never leave while we walk through the deep valleys. I am so amazed at the things God enabled me to do I look back and wonder how it all happened.
    Waiting on His return and praying for the lost ,

  • Marilyn, know that I am praying for you and your family, and will add you to our church’s prayer list. Praise God that one day you will be reunited with him in Christ.

    Blessings on you as you learn to live a new way.


  • I just want you to know that prayers are going up for you and your family! I am actually speechless. Praying for you all!

  • My love and prayers to the Lord on your behalf, Marilyn, and to your family and loved ones. I pray the God of all comfort will carry you and guide your thoughts and steps, give you wisdom and strength to care for the necessary things and to be able to rest in His merciful care. Through the years I’ve come to understand that sorrow skips no home and that grief is part of the fabric of a life lived for Christ and yet, when sorrow descends on our home its heaviness seems unbearable. I pray the Lord will bear you up and strengthen you with His peace and joy in the midst of terrible anguish. I pray the loving experiences and memories you have with Duane will bring joy to your heart as you recall the years he’s loved you. I pray you will be keenly aware of the presence of the LORD. Thank you for you. In Jesus, pamela

  • Meredith

    So sorry!! Praying for you and your family!


  • […] would like to ask you to pray for Marilyn Moll (aka The Urban Homemaker) and the Moll family as they mourn the loss of  husband and father, […]

  • Marilyn and family,
    Our family will be praying for your family! Especially for the next months ahead. God grace and peace, I pray will be in your home and hearts through all this! I pray God will walk you through this grief! There are many of us out here praying Marilyn!! The Lord be with you!

  • Maria

    May the love of Jesus bring you and your family comfort at this terribly sad time.

  • I am so surprised by this news. I will be praying for all of you during this difficult time. Words are not adequate. May all of you feel the comfort that only comes from our Lord.

    God bless,

  • Peggy

    (((Marilyn and family)))

  • Dear Marilyn,
    With tears, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am and will continue to pray for you and your family as the LORD carries you through this time of grief and sorrow. The shock of it all leaves me speechless (((Hugs))). I am glad that your daughter will be able to come home from Iraq – how hard it must be for you all. Thankfully in Christ there are no good byes.
    Peace and Love to You and Yours,
    Jane in Minnesota

  • Kim in NC

    Dear Marilyn and family,

    Just wanted you to know I prayed for you all this morning. I am sorry for your loss.

    God Bless,
    Kim in NC

  • Dear Marilyn,
    I was just thinking of you this morning, about how I first heard about The Urban Homemaker from a homeschooling tape with Jackie Wellwood, and how I was not much good in the kitchen until then. Now my daughter, who is 11, uses your bread recipe twice a week to make delicious bread for the family… I have worked myself out of that job! I am so sorry for your loss. We don’t know each other, but your family means a lot to me and I am praying for you all.
    Kristyn Hall

  • Debbie

    Dear Marilyn and Family,
    I wanted to extend to you my deepest sympathy. My family and I are praying for you. I was introduced to you and your ministry through Cindy Rushton. God bless and comfort your with peace that passes all understanding.
    In Christ our Lord,

  • Marilyn,

    We were so surprised and saddened to hear of Duane’s passing. Please know that we will be lifting you and your family up in prayer before the throne of grace. May the Lord’s presence, peace and comfort be felt by you all as He walks you through this dark time.

    In His Perfect Keeping,
    Heather Wilson and family

  • HeatherJ

    Oh, Lord, please cover the Moll family with your wings of comfort. Remind them often of how this life is a breath, and sooner than they could imagine, they will be reunited with Duane again. Thank you for their ministry and business. Bless them all in the way only You know how to…
    Our prayers are with you,

  • Audra Wyndham

    I am so sorry. You and your family are in my prayers.
    In Christ,

  • Sharon


    I’m one of your lurkers on your site & recieve one of the newsletters.
    I so sorry for you & your family’s lost. You and them will be in my thoughts

  • Joan

    So very sorry to hear the news of Duane’s passing. I’m upholding you in prayer during this very difficult time.

    Joan in NY

  • I’m so incredibly sorry. Praying for comfort and peace for you as you begin this journey.

  • The David Huber family

    Dearest Marilyn: Our journey seems to take such unexpected turns at times. May our Lord hold you close and give you comfort through this difficult time. You are in our prayers. We have such great memories serving together at Corona. You are right, Duane will be sorely missed.
    Our love to you all
    David and Stephenie Huber

  • Clare D.

    Dear Marilyn,

    My heart aches with you and my heart is grieving with you. I pray the God of all comfort will minister to your hurting heart. I pray He gives you His strength to walk this new path as a widow. I pray that those around you will love on you and your family with God’s abundant love. My prayers go with you.

    In His comforting arms,

    Clare D

  • Tammy Kihlstadius

    Oh Marilyn,
    How sad for you all. I am crying now thinking of your sweet husband. He always had a smile and a laugh, We love you both. May God bless you richly with His infinite peace. I feel for you children so young really losing their daddy. I have been stressing out personally over a bunch of stuff in my life but it now seems so triivial.
    Remember, Duane is with the Lord. (Lucky guy!) No more tears or pain.
    It is the hardest for us left behind.

    Love and Tears,
    Tammy Kihlstadius

  • marilyn i wish i had something wonderful to say but i don’t. please know i grieve with you and i pray that you feel Jesus’ arms around you. please know duane is experiencing supreme happiness right now, seeing His Savior’s face.

  • Hello Marilyn,

    I havne’t know of you families business and ministry for long, but you are definitely in my prayers this morning. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. May God cover you with his sheltering wings and give you His sweet comfort through the Holy Spirit.

    Love in Christ,

  • Deborah S

    I was so sad to hear this news about Duane passing so suddenly. My heart just breaks for you and your children. Many prayers are with you and your family. May God’s peace that passes all understanding be yours.
    hugs, Deborah

  • Nancy Gibas

    Dear Marilyn,

    I just heard about Duane and my heart is aching for you! It is hard to believe after just being with you both on Saturday that he has gone to be with our Savior! Life is precious!! I too have been learning this more and more lately!

    I know the Lord will comfort and sustain you through this. Trust in Him with all your heart, do not lean on your own understanding, but acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.

    I will be praying for you and your family! Marilyn…draw near to Him and He will draw near to you!

    Love your sister in Christ,
    Nancy Gibas


    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. May God comfort you and give you strength.

  • Marilyn, you and your family are in my prayers. I remember Duane, how gentle and kind he was, and what a tender father he was. I can’t imagine how much you all miss him. My heart goes out to you. Much love from the old homeschool group in Aurora, and we’ll all be praying for God’s sustaining comfort for you and your children.

  • I am very sorry about your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

  • Oh, Marilyn … I’m so, so sorry. Please know that my family’s thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Kelly Hayes

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Yes, life is very fragile and none of us knows how long we have here on this earth. None the less I was shocked and stunned when I read your email last night. I’m still so sad for you. I will continue to keep you and your family in my daily prayers. May God bless and comfort you in your time of grief.
    In Christ,

  • Marilyn~

    Words are not enough. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. May God be with you and may you feel His presence immensely during this time. God Bless.

    In Christ,
    Tonya (and family)

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