Marolyn Kayser was born in Lincoln, Neb. during the depression. Her mother remarried when Kayser was 5 years old and they moved to Michigan. The family lived in four towns in six years.


After World War II, the family migrated to Southern California. Kayser lived in Pasadena from 1949 to 1959, playing in the Tournament of Roses Band in the Rose Parade in 1953 and '54. She graduated from Pasadena City College in 1954 and got married in 1955, though she would get divorced in 1959.


Kayser then started a music career that took her to five different states, from Palm Springs to Anchorage, Ala.


She remarried in 1967, had a son in 1970 and became a Latter-day Saint in 1977.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: "Everyone is fighting some kind of a battle."



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: My mother. She encouraged me to treat others with respect, to always tell the truth, pick my friends wisely and to be proactive and work for what you get, not sit around waiting for someone else to do something.



Q: Tell us about your belief system.


A: I had no belief system for many years. At age 43, the Church of Jesus Christ showed me a better way. My life was changed forever and I am happy and at peace.



Q: Which three people, living or dead, would you like to have at a dinner party, and why?


A: Gene Kelly, Robert Redford and Mikhail Baryshnikov. They are motivated, successful, disciplined, creative


and good-looking.



Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?


A: The way you live your life is a gift to future generations.



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: Happiness is found in your mind, heart and relationships and in doing good for others, not in things.



Q: What are five things you can't live without?


A: Fresh air, sunshine, music, hugs and chocolate.



Q: What is your passion?


A: Music and genealogy. They are both exciting.



Q: What do you do in your spare time?


A: I read motivational books such as "Multiple Streams of Income," "Rich Man Poor Man" and "Acres of Diamonds," and I play the bass recorder.



Q: What's your favorite movie and why?


A: "The Music Man" great dancing, outstanding singing, superb acting and everyone lived happily ever after.



Q: Tell us about a special vacation.


A: In the summer of 1963, I went with a tour group to England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Monte Carlo and Liechtenstein. In 2000, after my husband retired, the LDS church invited us to live in Edinburgh, Scotland for 18 months and help with a filming project. That was an experience of a lifetime! It makes one appreciate the U.S.



Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?


A: To recover the two accordions that were stolen from me, to compose music for a ballet and to finally see "peace on earth."



Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?


A: Chocolate.



Q: What's the best thing about living in Hesperia?


A: Living near I Avenue and Main Street, we have everything close by.



Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.


A: Having dinner at the Hesperia Inn in 1960 when Tony Lovello and his accordion were appearing there. I was sad when it was torn down in the late 1990s.



Q: If you could change one thing about Hesperia, what would it be?


A: Remove the 12 marijuana shops and all the tattoo parlors (they make our town look seedy) and pass a law to stop adult book stores from coming in.



Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.


A: I soloed a single-engine "Shinn" airplane in 1962 after 11 hours of instruction with a former Air Force instructor.


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