Marla Lefton-Starekow – 1955-2010 |

Marla Lefton-Starekow – 1955-2010

Marla Lefton-Starekow

Marla Alesia Lefton-Starekow, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend died at her home in Silverthorne after a long and eternally optimistic battle with cancer. She was born in New York and raised in California where she graduated from the University of California San Diego for Sciences. After a great deal of international travel, she settled in Summit County in 1974, where she began a career in commercial photography and indulged herself with her passion for travel, and eventually became the owner and head designer of Accessories by M, a company she started in 1986. Marla was a respected entrepreneur, and owned companies over the years as diverse as Summit Photography, Leather Trendz, Accessories by M, and Silverheels Bar & Grill, where she worked often when she was off the road and at home in Summit. Marla was a loved and respected colleague to all in the industries whose lives she touched. Her tenure as a woman’s accessories designer, jeweler and manufacturer was by far the highlight of a more than 20-year career. Her business relationships reached from coast-to-coast and across the Atlantic to fellow designers. She loved working with semi-precious stones, diachronic glass, crystals and unusual metals and spent much of her design time at her studio desk overlooking the Blue River and the mountains of the Gore Range. .Marla is survived by her husband, Bobby and son, Xander. She leaves a far-reaching family of relatives and friends including her sister Robin Viteri of Ensenada, Mexico and sister-in-law Susan Tanzabel of Oswego, Ill.Her boundless energy and beauty will be missed by all. Memorial donations may be made to:American Cancer Society-Ovarian Cancer Research2255 S. Oneida St.Denver, Colorado 80224orFoundation for Alternative & Integrative MedicinePO Box 2860Loveland, CO 80539

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