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Celebrating the life of
Marlys Bordeleau Tokerud
October 29, 1939 - June 23, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 6:00pm - Thursday, June 30, 2016
  • The Asia Society Texas Center
  • 1370 Southmore Boulevard (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77004

  • (713) 496-9901

Many good memories of your mother, from our Lockheed Wives Club days and beyond. The closeness we "pioneer" women of those days had, will stay with me forever and your special mom was one kind, generous and special lady, who cared for her family and others. I often wondered how she could spread herself so far and still fulfill everyone's request and needs, while keeping a "cool" head. God be with each of you in the loss of your mom.

Clem & Mary Helen Iven, Santa Fe, Texas

My children and I send condolences to the Tokerud children and Marlys' partner. Vadim (Austin, TX); Amanda (Towson, MD); Andrei (Burlingame, CA), Marianna (Abilene, TX); Melanie (Eugene, OR). The last time I saw Marlys we worked in my backyard, silk screening swim team T shirts on my ironing board, and hanging them on a clothesline to dry. Isabel Konradi, an old friend

Isabel Konradi, El Lago, TX

I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

The Glover family. , El Lago, TX

We are saddened by the loss of Marlys. We remember her and the children as our neighbors on Diana Ln. in Clear Lake. Later, she helped us to design and decorate our loft in downtown Houston. We have fond memories of our relationship. Richard and Becky Bryan

Richard and Becky Bryan, Houston, Tx

Marlys Bordeleau Tokerud, 76, of Houston Texas, passed away peacefully in her home
on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Marlys was born in Great Falls, Montana. She was preceded in
death by her father Alfred Bordeleau, a modernist architect, and her mother, Ruth Peters
Bordeleau, a high school English teacher.

Marlys married Bob Tokerud in 1957. They moved to Houston in 1965. By the time she
was 27, Marlys’ family grew to 6 children. It took fortitude and patience to rear 6 children and
then it took courage and perseverance to acquire the education and credentials that allowed her
to become a renowned interior designer and successful business woman.

In 1991, she started her own business, Tokerud and Co. Throughout her career Marlys
was published numerous times and received countless awards and recognitions. Among them
2002 Innovators of Design, Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design awards, ASID recognitions, and most
recently 2014 Leaders in Design. She was on Design Council for MFAH and a board member
on the Decorative Arts Committee, as well as being active in Rice Design Alliance and ASID.
Marlys’ warmth and generosity are reflected in the loving relationships she maintained
with her children and grandchildren who in turn became loving parents and partners to families
of their own. Her deep regard for art and beautiful workmanship encouraged and employed
numerous artists, craftsmen and women. Marlys had a wide circle of friends to whom she was
loyal for decades, and for those lucky enough to travel with her, she was an intrepid and
unflappable companion always ready to try something new. Her delight in visiting other cultures
was contagious. In 1998, Marlys fell in love with Marfa, Tx and created a “compound” that has
hosted family and friends for many years.

Always thinking of the future, Marlys laid the groundwork for her designers, Courtney
Blair and Lindsay C. Robinson and her daughter Torri Breeding to carry forth her beloved dream
of bringing quality, innovative interior design to new generations of Houstonians.

Marlys is survived by her partner, John “Rick” Houser; an accomplished master custom
millworker who was her steadfast supporter; her sister Gayle Richardson from Spokane, WA;
her brothers Denis Bordeleau from Lincoln, MT and Jacques Bordeleau from Haley, ID; and
half-brother Gerald Jaehnel from Des Moines, IA. Marlys is also survived by her six children;
Pamela Tokerud (Bruce Schuett) of Wichita, KS; Torri Breeding of Houston; TX, Marc Tokerud
(Kathy) of Garland, TX; Camille Tokerud of Brooklyn, NY; Corinne Tokerud (Cindy Erickson) of
Seattle, WA; and David Tokerud of Irving, TX. She was blessed with11 grandchildren; Ross
Breeding, (Jenna), Clayton Breeding, Kegan Tokerud, Hilary Breeding, Pierce Tokerud, Marissa Schuett,
Taylor Tokerud, Katarina Schuett, Cole Kitchen, Jasper Kitchen and Kramer Tokerud and three
great grandchildren Layla Tokerud, Caleb Breeding, and Kinley Breeding.

In lieu of customary remembrances, please donate in memory of Marlys to any of the
following places near and dear to her, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Glassel, 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, Texas, 77005, the Chianti Foundation, 1 Cavalry Row, Marfa, Texas,79843, or Audubon Texas, 2904 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75204.

A memorial service is being held by immediate family members and a few dear friends,
followed by a Celebration of Life at The Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77004, on June 30th, from six o’clock until nine o’clock in the evening.

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Many good memories of your mother, from our Lockheed Wives Club days and beyond. The closeness we "pioneer" women of those days had, will stay with me forever and your special mom was one kind, generous and special lady, who cared for her family and others. I often wondered how she could spread herself so far and still fulfill everyone's request and needs, while keeping a "cool" head. God be with each of you in the loss of your mom.

Clem & Mary Helen Iven, Santa Fe, Texas

My children and I send condolences to the Tokerud children and Marlys' partner. Vadim (Austin, TX); Amanda (Towson, MD); Andrei (Burlingame, CA), Marianna (Abilene, TX); Melanie (Eugene, OR). The last time I saw Marlys we worked in my backyard, silk screening swim team T shirts on my ironing board, and hanging them on a clothesline to dry. Isabel Konradi, an old friend

Isabel Konradi, El Lago, TX

I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

The Glover family. , El Lago, TX

We are saddened by the loss of Marlys. We remember her and the children as our neighbors on Diana Ln. in Clear Lake. Later, she helped us to design and decorate our loft in downtown Houston. We have fond memories of our relationship. Richard and Becky Bryan

Richard and Becky Bryan, Houston, Tx


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