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

  • Mary Clapp

    My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. While it was a surprise to you, rest in the peace and assurance that it was no surprise to our gracious Heavenly Father, Who always goes before us. He will carry you during the following days, weeks, and months through His strength, power, peace, and presence. Rest in Him.

  • Marilyn, there is nothing more I can add than already has been said. You have my sincerest and most heartfelt sympathy… and prayers.

    In Christ Jesus Who will hold you up~ Andrea

  • Natasja

    Dear Marylin and children,

    We’re so sorry so hear about Duane’s passing away at such a young age. My heart goes out to you and your children. We’re praying that God will give you the strength and energy to get through this.

  • Deb

    My prayers are with you. My father passed away in 1972, when I was 14. He was 55 years old. I can only tell you how faithful God has been through the years. To us all – to my mom who passed away in 1997. I pray God’s grace to lift you, lift you, lift you through the coming days – and meet you around every single corner.

    Here is the story of my father’s passing:
    It is an amazing story of God preparing us, and helping to hold on through the rest of the years knowing that He’s in control. God was there that day. The day my father died.

  • Donna

    Marilyn, I am so sorry that Duane was called home so soon. I will lift you and your family up in prayer. Rejoice in the fact that Duane is with his precious Lord now.


  • Oh Marilyn, I am so sorry for your loss. I write this teary eyed because I can only imagine your grief, astonishment, fear, and despair. I am praying for your healing, provision, and faith to trust in His goodness and sovereignty. May the Lord bless you and sustain you in His grace. Sending you a big <<>>.

  • Jan Goellner

    Dear Marilyn, Laura, Steven, and Mary,

    Wanted to let you know that you all have been very much in our thoughts and prayers this last week and a half. We are very sad for you all and pray that God is holding you very close during these days. We have many wonderful memories of you all from Corona, and enjoy the picture of the twinkle in Duane’s eyes when he smiled. He was a wonderful man, and will be greatly missed.
    Hugs to you all, Jan for all the Goellners

  • Just to let you know that I am holding your family high in prayer. May you know that you are covered, loved & adored by our Father in Heaven.

    Much love in Christ,
    the Martin’s

  • Kathy

    Dear Marilyn,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart just broke for you when I read the news. I cannot imagine what you must be going through. You are on my heart and in my prayers.


  • tami

    Praying for you all.
    May our Lord bless you with his strength, comfort and love.

  • Lori Saxe

    Hi Marilyn, Laura, Stephen, and Mary,
    You all are on my mind and in my prayers constantly. This morning I was washing out old grain buckets to prepare for the new grain and it was a reminder to pray for you. I really do not need grain buckets to remind me to pray as my heart aches for you, and so many of my thoughts filter through knowing that you all are experiencing such sorrow and loss. I have enjoyed knowing your family through the years. I cannot remember Duane without a smile and “happy eyes”. I am praying that the Lord will comfort you and give you strength for each
    day, and hope for tomorrow.
    Love and hugs,
    Lori Saxe and family

  • Anne Wilbur

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. May God wrap His strong arms around you and your family and make His loving presence very real to you in these days and months ahead. Sincerely,
    Anne Wilbur and Family

  • I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
    “I am the Resurrection and the Life…” John 11:25-26

    Davette Brown and son

  • Marilyn,

    I’m so sorry for your lost — I only heard today! May God bless you & comfort you during this time. You & your family are in my prayers.

    – Krystal

  • Go bless you, dear Marilyn, as you and your family travel this rough (but not impassable) road. I have prayed for you and will continue as the Lord reminds me.
    God bless,

  • Dear Marilyn,

    You will be in our prayers. I am so sorry for your pain and loss, though I know that God will be your strength and that He will be glorified in the midst of it.

    Praying for His comfort, strength, love, provision, wisdom, and mercy during this time of transition and healing. Please visit my friend, Heather’s blog. She too lost her precious husband suddenly 3 months ago. She is still raising little ones, so needs much prayer for guidance and strength too. Perhaps you could encourage one another?


  • Merry C. snyder

    Dear Marilyn, Laura and Stephen,

    My deepest condolances during this time of loss. Duane was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. I am very sorry he was stricken with a heart attack.

    If you are ever in Denver, please know you are welcome in my home anytime.

    Much love and hugs – Merry Snyder

  • Blake and Karen Worland

    Dearest Marilyn,

    I have just heard the news of your precious husband, Duane, passing. I am deeply sorry. Duane Moll lived his life well, and showed what being a man of God truly looked like. You have been on my heart for several weeks. I had no idea. Know that you will continue to remain in our thoughts and prayers. Please embrace your family for our family. The Moll family has always been and will always be a blessing to so many.
    Love and peace to you all,
    Karen and Family

  • Donna

    Dear Marilyn & Family,
    I just read the news tonight about your husband and father, Duane. I am so sad to hear of your loss. I will be upholding you in my prayers and keep you in my thoughts. May the Lord wrap his tender arms of mercy around you all during the days and months ahead.

  • Karen


    I haven’t visited your website in over a year, and am shocked and deeply saddened to hear that your beloved husband died suddenly last year. You are a testimony to God’s sustaining grace as you continue your earthly pilgrimage by His grace and strength!


  • Dear Marilyn,
    I haven’t shopped with you recently, so I am shocked and saddened today as I just discovered that your husband had graduated into Glory last year! There aren’t words worthy of your loss. I am truly sorry. I will be praying for your family.
    Good memories are nice sometimes after losing a loved one so I’ll offer one: I spoke with Duane several times about the Whisper Mill, Dimension, pressure cooker specials, etc. He was so kind, honest, accomodating and always thorough. I appreciated him very much!
    May God richly bless you today,
    Marcella Butler

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