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

  • KT


    Your precious family is in my prayers! May the God of all comfort help, sustain, and hold you through this time of deepest sorrow. I know words can not express the deepths of emotion and pain you are walking through now, but our loving Saviour knows…

    In Him,

    With hope to encourage, here’s a link to a friend who is walking your pathway:

  • Denice G.

    Dear Marilyn,

    I was so shocked to find your email this morning. My heart is just breaking for you and your children. I have grown to love your ministry, business, and family over the years. I almost feel as though you were all distant family. I know I speak for many, but Duane will definitely be missed by those of us that call in for your phone confrences. He was so much fun. I know your heart is breaking. I will be praying for you and the kids, that God would just wrap His loving arms around you all as you grieve the loss of your wonderful husband.

    Love and comfort to you Marilyn,

  • Elizabeth

    Marilyn and Family,

    Oh, how much Jesus loves you all. How He has allowed such a monumental trial like this for your good and His glory. It is in the deepest valleys of this life that we can even begin to feel the those Loving Heavenly Arms that hold us up. God allowed his beloved son Duane to be in this world for 56 years to be a blessing to you and this world. Now He is where he is the happiest he could ever be. Absent from the body present with the Lord…

    Human words cannot comfort like God’s words so draw from the wellspring of scripture that is within you. God of all comfort has sent the Comforter and He Himself dwells with you and your family. Know that as your sister in Christ I weep with you and I rejoice with you. I will continue to ask the Holy Spirit to remind me to pray for you all in the days, weeks and months ahead.

    Your sister in Christ,
    Elizabeth Scott

  • Jane

    Please know, you are in our prayers. God Bless you and your family.

  • Lisa Bailey

    Please know that you and your family are in our prayers and you have our deepest most heartfelt sympathy. I lost my father 4 years ago very unexpectedly so I can certainly understand what you are feeling. Please take time to rest in our precious Heavenly Father who will bring healing and peace to you. Thank you for the blessings your business has brought to our family over the years – I have learned so much just reading your catalog.

    In Him
    Lisa Bailey
    Lake City, FL

  • I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Cindy Lento

    Dear Marilyn,

    I’m heartbroken for you and for your family. It was so good to talk to you this morning and to “hug” you, if only by phone. You are my dear, dear, sister in Christ and I remember so well the process you and Duane went through as you began Urban Homemaker — you always lifted up every step to the Lord and sought His wisdom, mercy and grace every day, and He has been your Guide and Provider and Sustainer. I’m praying for a double-measure to sustain you now that your dear husband is gone. I still can’t take it all in – as I know you can’t, either. May Jesus lovingly fold you in His arms and comfort your broken heart. “A father to the fatherless and a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5. Bob and I will be praying for you and will keep in touch —

    Give our love to Laura, Stephen and Mary.

    With much love and shared sorrow in my heart,
    Cindy Lento

  • Lyn


    I am so sorry to hear of about the loss of your husband. Praying for you and your family.


  • Diane in Coto

    Dear Moll Family,

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers…Trust in God, He is faithful and will see you through this time of deep sorrow.

    Duane will always be remembered as a Godly man with a gentle kind heart.

    I am truly thankful for your wonderful ministry and how it has shaped me and my family for years. I am who I am today because of your witness of the Truth.

    Forever grateful,


  • Shoshanna

    This was my first visit to your website, and I am deeply saddened to hear of your tremendous loss! My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Jacquie

    You and Duane helped me several years ago when I was struggling with children with allergies. I so appreciated the time you both took with me on the phone (Duane was the “secretary” that day, and you gave nutritional advise).

    I will certainly be praying for you and your family in the coming days and weeks as you adjust to a new normal, grieve the temporary loss of your mate, and comfort your children.

    “I know the plans that I have for you”, declares the LORD, “plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”.

  • Jill Farris

    Dearest Marilyn and family,

    May God give you the peace that passeth all understanding and guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus as you walk through this valley of sorrow. Praying for you as you miss you dear husband and father.

    In Christ,

    Jill Farris

  • I just read of your sad news, on Brenda’s blog, ‘Coffeeteabooksandme’.

    And came over to express my sympathy, to you and to your family.

    And to express my gratitude to your daughter, for serving in Iraq, also.


  • Julie

    Dear Marylin and Family,
    Praise the Lord that you belong to the Savior! It is so hard to understand in these situations. You have the comfort of Jesus to hold you during this time! My prayers are with your family!

    The ministry that you have here has been a blessing to me! May God bless you and keep you close to Himself!
    In Christ,

  • Mary DiMartino

    Dear Marilyn & kids, your family has been a vital part of my life for over 20 years now. Duane hired me as the 1st employee for The Urban Homemaker and I have so many fond memories of our times together as well as wheat sales which became annual traditions I eagerly anticipated. A day doesn’t go by that I’m not so very thankful for all you’ve taught me and continue to teach. Words can’t express how much you mean but please know God’s quiet strength will see you through, and I am here too. Love you much. Mary & Atif

  • Heather Bryant

    Reading your announcement made me cry. I have dealt with your husband on the phone several times over the phone over the years. He was a very sweet man, I felt like I kind of knew him. My heart squeezes tight thinking of your loss. May God give you strength and peace to make it through this transition and for times to come.


    Heather Bryant

  • Amy

    I want to add my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I also pray for your assistants who will be runnng the business for you, as I know their hearts are heavy as well. Lord God, please put Your big, strong arms around Marilyn and her family. Stay beside them every step of the way. Let them grieve and to feel sorrow, then help them up, to stand again. This I pray in Christ’s Holy Name. Amen

  • PoppaCas

    Blessings, peace, and love—

    Duane is only gone from your sight
    be at peace and know Duane is now
    with our Lord….
    oh such beauty do we see
    as Duane sits at the Masters knee

    prayers and love to all of you there….Poppa

  • Ellen

    I am so sorry to hear about your husband, Duane. This must so hard for you. I will be praying for you.
    God Bless you and your family,

  • Maria Atwood, cnhp

    Dear Marilyn and Family:
    This is a truly great loss to all of us. How often when I have been invited to speak at the seminars was Duane not there before anyone else, to make sure all was just right, greeting everyone and making it feel comfortable for us to go on the show. It was obvious from the many fine things that have come from Urbanhomemaker that this was a truly a two people job and a great half of them has been taken from our midst. May God who calls those who have finished their job on earth, unkown to us why so suddenly and young, also bring great comfort to us all knowing that we WILL meet again and there never again to part. My sincerest love to each of you. Be brave Marilyn we all need you more than ever.

    Maria Atwood, CNHP
    Chapter Leader of The Easter Plains of Colorado
    Weston A Price Foundation

  • Dear Marilyn,
    I don’t know you well but I love your kindness, intelligence, energy and commitment, and the foundation you have laid for health across the nation.

    To hear that you have suffered this terrible loss makes me want to encourage you even more to continue what you started. If I were your neighbor, I would send a warm meal. Please remember to nourish yourself, every day, every meal! Stress makes you want to forget this, but you can not forget this! It will threaten YOUR health, and your ability.

    Please take good care of yourself – we need you!!! And take your time – whatever you need is right. Ask for help, and take it willingly.
    love and thanks,
    Blair McMorran

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. Praying for you and your family.


  • Christine

    So sorry to hear about your dear husband…praying for God’s comfort and peace for you and yours

  • Ellie Dickson


    I only met Duane once at the grain sale last year in Aurora, but had the pleasure of speaking with him many times when ordering or inquiring about products. I am very sorry to hear about his passing… you and your family are in my prayers. -Ellie

  • Your Pain is Empathy in each and everyone of our hearts, I pray that during this time of grieving you all will be lifted up in the love of Christ Jesus.

  • I am so sorry for your loss and truly understand your pain. My own dear husband unexpectedly passed away 10 weeks ago due to an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm. He was only 50 years old. You will be in my prayers.

  • Angela


    I’m sorry to hear about your husband. I am praying for you and your family. I’ve just become aquainted with urban homemaker and look forward to learning from the legacy that Duane has created for others.

  • Vikki Goedmakers

    Dear Marilyn and family,
    Words cannot express how very sorry I am for your family. I have been blessed throughout the years by your wisdom and I thank you for that. I pray that during this most difficult time that the Lord would bring you an unbelievable peace knowing that your dearest is with Him and that one day you will be reunited.
    May God bless you and yours,
    Vikki Goedmakers

  • Helena Mixon

    Marilyn, You are in my prayers. I am so very sad for you– and I know the Lord willl bear you up, as will your loved ones. Many hugs,

  • Jodi

    Sweet Marilyn,

    I can not even pretend to understand what you are experiencing. I do know this however, you are so loved. Both by Our Precious Heavenly Father and by so many you have helped bring closer to the Lord through your friendship and your ministry. You and your family have touched so many that you may never know about this side of heaven.

    We will pray for the comfort of you and your family. Your word of the Lord, and your kindness, spreads in circles unbeknownst to you. That’s how we found you and your wonderful ministry that is so very loved and appreciated by all of us.

    Blessings Sweet Child,

  • Donna

    Marilyn and Family,

    My our Lord and Savior hold you all close and give you His peace. My prayers are for you all during this very difficult time.

  • Dear Marilyn:
    I was very sorry to hear about the Loss of your eternal companion Duane, I hope you know that you and your family are In our thoughts and prayers. I Just Spoke with Duane anly a few short weeks ago , He is a kind and good man and I know you will be together again as this life is so very short but these relationships are eternal.
    Sincerely John Hofman at the Wondermill Company

  • Darwin

    Steve, Laura, Mary and Mrs Moll
    You welcomed me into your home for thanksgiving in 2006 (a total stranger to the family) and I am forever grateful for the experience.
    I hope the warmth and love that I witnessed and felt isn’t daunted by the physical absence of one in the home.
    I extend my deepest sympathy, rest assured that Mr Moll has been called on to greater things, he has fulfilled his function on earth and has certainly touched my heart.
    Steve my friend, be strong, feel free to call anytime

  • Janet Wenk

    Dear Marilyn and family, I am shocked and so saddened by Duane’s sudden death. I remember Duane as such a devout and also fun loving man with infectious humor. We all were blessed to know him. May the God of all comfort, comfort you and your family and hold you close as you walk through this time of deep loss and sorrow. Praying for you. With love Janet

  • Cat

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Jennifer

    Marilyn & Family,
    My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I lost my own father suddenly when I was a teenager, and I remember well trying to make sense of it. One of the best things my mom did was to encourage us to talk openly about my dad and to celebrate his life.I will pray that you’ll be surrounded by the love of the Lord and of good friends, and that He will provide wise counsel to you when you are in need of it.
    God’s blessings on your family,

  • Sheila

    Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to you, Marilyn, and to your family. May the God of all peace comfort and surround you, and may His peace that passes understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Narobi

    Mrs. Marilyn,

    Just know that you and your family will be in my prayers! God will take care of you.

    Irving, TX

  • Chris Smart


    Oh, my heart is heavy and aches for you and yours. Duane will be greatly missed by many whose lives he touched. I know that one thing is sure, and that is that God holds you in the palm of His hand! You are all in my prayers.

    In His Holy Name,

  • Sherry Duckett

    Dear Marilyn and Family,

    I am so sorry. Your ministry has touched me and my family so much. I will continue to pray for you dear Sister! We have an awesome and amazing Savior ~ I am trusting His best for you all.

    Love and prayers,

  • My heart aches for you and your family. Praying for you during this difficult time.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • morgen

    I am so sorry to hear about your husbands passing. words are not enough to express what must be felt at such a time. OUr prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Dear Marilyn,
    This is the second such email I received today, another of a missionary friend whose 27 year-old son died suddenly and unexpectedly. My heart hurts for you. I know I cannot understand, but our circumstances were similar, a family ministry that grew from the basement and a relatively young husband (my husband is 57). I almost lost him 14 years ago to a farm accident and although I know my words cannot console you, my prayers will be with you and your children as you embrace your grief and hold close the memories of your dearest friend. May God’s mercy hover over you and shelter you as you pour out your sorrow to Him. You will be changed, but with His grace you will continue to minister to many other women and families. Thank you for your work that I share with many families. Blessings and God’s Shalom,
    Jimmilea Berryhill

  • Cheryl Holdorf

    Marilyn and Family:

    I cant tell you how sorry we all were to hear of Duane’s leaving this earth. He will be greatly missed by all whose life he touched. Our relationship far transended mere business and I believe we have all lost a great friend. May God give you release in your sorrow and aid in your healing.

    My prayers are with you

  • I am so very sorry! I will be praying for you in a very special way! I bought my first K-Tec from you and your family about 15 years ago, I am feel like you are family! I’m so very sorry! May God comfort you during this time in a way that only He can.

  • Sharon Clark

    Praying that the Lord will wrap His loving arms around you and your family.

  • Marilyn Morehouse

    Marilyn, Lyn H. from Corona told me briefly, over the weekend (there was a Women’s Retreat), about Duane’s leaving. I’m stunned…I remember Duane in your kitchen when you were demonstrating to a few people. A very nice man with the idea of a business and you were obeying him as the head of your family.

    You now have a new world, with a hole that’s Duane-shaped. It will take a while to adjust. He left you a way to support yourself now…you were and are loved.

    Love, hugs and prayers

  • Esther Turner-Hansen

    Dear Friends,

    I am very sorry about your husband and daddy. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you, be your friend and help you heal. Love you all.

  • Just in case you didn’t get over to see the offerings of love and support or you at TOS, I just wanted to tell you (again) that my heart is utterly broken for you and your family. You are in my prayers. Take all the time you need to let the Lord balm-up your wounded heart. Do what you need to do to get through this, always letting the Lord carry and lead.

    You are loved and prayed for by SO many!

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<
    TOS contributing writer

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