Marlene J. McGowen, 86, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at El Camino Hospital in Mt. View. She was born June 27, 1933 in San Jose. She was raised by Fredrick and Nona Winningar of Los Gatos. Born in San Jose, Marlene attended both Castilleja School in Palo Alto and Los Gatos High School. She married Richard “Bart” McGowen in the early 1950’s. She was a model for Polaroid and Brooks Brothers in San Francisco. She also contributed to her local community. She was active in fund raising for charities and non-profits. She enjoyed playing tennis and watching tennis in person and on television. She started a small public relations company in the early 1980’s. As a child, Marlene would visit her Aunt and Uncle on their working ranch in Montana. She would often vacation to Tahoe, Idaho, and the Monterey coast. She cherished spending time with her daughter and grandchildren in California and her son and grandchildren in Hawaii. She is survived by her son, Jeff; her daughter Kelly and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.