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The Creepiest Crypts of 2019

Creepiest Crypt
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

The votes have been tallied, the ghouls and goblins accounted for—and the Palisadian-Post is ready to reveal the winners of the sixth annual Creep Your Crypt home decorating contest.

Taking home the top prize of Creepiest Crypt is the Peil family, Kimber, Chuck, Kennedy and Holland, and their “Bollinger Cemetery” in Marquez Knolls.

“This year, we went with a cemetery and grave robbers theme,” Kimber explained. “My husband made the ‘Bollinger Cemetery’ sign, and we put up tombstones with ghouls crawling from the ground and skulls, bones and skeletons scattered throughout.”

Kennedy, Kimber’s daughter, assisted with creating the “grave robber,” crafted by spraying the reeds white and a tongue made from an ironing board the neighbors were getting rid of.

“My son, Holland, is always on the lookout for things we can add and found a great inflatable chariot with skeletons at a local yard sale that helped to create the overall theme,” Kimber continued. “We changed the pirate chest, which was an old trunk from another neighbor, and turned it into a coffin with a scary, rotting corpse.”

As is the Peil family tradition, Chuck was an eight-foot ghost passing out candy and Kimber  was a scary clown in an oversized chair to scare and surprise the trick or treaters as they passed by.

“What we really enjoy is the daily family activity and the joy it brings to so many,” Kimber shared. “Every day leading up to Halloween we have children and parents exploring the yard and asking questions, sparking creativity as they create their own wonderful Halloween stories, ideas and memories.”

This is the third time the Peil family has taken home a prize: first winning Creepiest Crypt in 2016 and then Best Theme in 2018. Kimber said the family is thrilled to be a repeat winner, and that she had many people tell her that this year’s decorations were even better than last year.

“Thanks to our wonderful neighbors, Pali-Post and all the businesses who contribute,” Kimber added. “We love the spirit of the community and the spirit of Halloween.”

Winning the prize for Best Theme this year was the Murphy household, located in the Bluffs.

Best Theme

Entering for the first time, the Murphy family, Jayce, 8, and Cy, 7, along with help from the family dog Pablo, planned ahead for their win.

“We actually decided November 1, 2018—the day after Halloween last year,” Michelle explained. “We went online and bought tons of decorations at huge discounts knowing that we wanted to enter the contest the following year.”

Michelle shared that they kept decorations in storage bins, like ghosts, bats and black birds, in the garage all year waiting for Halloween 2019 to arrive.

“We were so excited to get them out and decorate the house,” Michelle said. “Winning the Creep Your Crypt Best Theme house is such a great reward after a year of waiting to compete.”

DIY-Originality this year went to Jonah Geller, a late entry from The Highlands who garnered enough votes in just a few days to collect the prize.

DIY-Originality

“We were very happy and excited to learn that we won,” Jonah’s mom, Lili, shared with the Post. “It was also a big surprise.”

Lili explained that they were inspired by their good friend and neighbor Azita Baffa to enter Creep Your Crypt for the first time this year.

“They always do such a good job and we love seeing their decorations and what they come up with,” she added.

Lili said that they used decoration items that they have accumulated through the years and added on to that, including making a big, black spider from recyclables.

This year’s winners will snack on treats from The Draycott, Caffe Luxxe, Kayndaves, Sweet Laurel, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Cafe Vida, The Yogurt Shoppe, CinqueTerre WEST, Hello Honey and Coffee Bean. They will enjoy tickets to the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, California Science Center and Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas.

They will also experience goods and services from Lilese Skin Care, Be Rosy, Conscious Defense, Claudia Ross Massage Therapy, Canale-Martinez Salon and This Girl Walks Into A Bar.

Keep an eye out for the next chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes when the Post announces the upcoming annual holiday time Deck Your Halls home decorating contest.

Councilmember Bonin to Host Public Safety Town Hall

Fighting the fire October 28
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Getty Fire Puts Community on High Alert

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

On the heels of the Getty and Palisades fires, community members are invited to a Public Safety Town Hall on Saturday, November 9, at 10 a.m. with Councilmember Mike Bonin and LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas at Paul Revere Charter Middle School.

“The purpose of the town hall is to discuss this wildfire season and recent events and to introduce community members to some of the department’s firefighting resources and gear,” Bonin’s Brentwood-Palisades Deputy-Environmental Liaison Lisa Cahill shared ahead of the event. “Additionally, it’s an opportunity for the councilmember and the fire chief to discuss evacuation routes (and instances when the LAFD would open them), brush clearance and other public safety matters.”

A new helicopter and various trucks plus gear will be on display.

The Town Hall, which is subject to being rescheduled, depending on fire conditions and the current demand of LAFD resources, is slated to start with a meet and greet on the school’s athletic field, followed by a discussion with the councilmember, fire chief and LAFD’s Brush Clearance’s Patrick Hayden. The event will end with a Q&A.

The town hall closely follows the Getty fire—which first broke out Monday, October 28, near 1:30 a.m. and burned through 745 acres of brush in the Sepulveda Pass—prompting evacuations and closures throughout the Palisades.

The fire had nearly reached full containment as the Palisadian-Post went to print Tuesday, November 5.

Palisadians who were evacuated since the fire first broke out were allowed to return back to their homes on Wednesday evening, October 30, around 5 p.m., leaving the only remaining mandatory evacuation orders in Brentwood, which were lifted Friday morning.

At the height of evacuations, which extended from the 405 freeway to Temescal Canyon Road, Mulholland Drive to Sunset Boulevard, more than 10,000 homes and commercial buildings were affected.

Community members who were not allowed back into their neighborhoods for more than a few minutes with a police escort on Wednesday expressed concern at why many of the tenants at Palisades Village, which was in the mandatory evacuation zone through that evening, remained opened.

“A number of our tenants have made the decision to remain open to serve our local community, as have other businesses in the area,” a representative from Caruso said. “While we are supportive of those that have elected to open, we have not required them to do so.

“Our hearts and prayers are with our neighbors who have been impacted by the Getty fire. We are so grateful to the LAFD and LAPD who have been working around the clock to keep us all safe. These are the everyday heroes that make us all feel proud to call Los Angeles our home.”

Over the course of the weekend, firefighters took advantage of the favorable weather conditions that followed a red flag warning of critical fire conditions that began late Tuesday night and extended through Thursday evening.

Los Angeles Unified School District schools­—Palisades Charter Elementary, Marquez Charter Elementary, Canyon Charter Elementary and Paul Revere Charter Middle—returned to school on Halloween day, October 31. Palisades Charter High School, in an “abundance of caution,” reopened on Friday, November 1.

The Getty Center museum and Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades remained closed through Friday, with both reopening on Saturday morning.

Last Tuesday afternoon, October 29, authorities confirmed that the fire was caused by gusting winds that severed a tree branch and blew it onto a Los Angeles Department of Water & Power electrical line, causing sparks that fell onto the brush below.

The Getty fire destroyed 10 homes and damaged 15 others. Five firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Hundreds Hike Temescal for a Cause

Temescal Gateway Park was home to the ninth annual Hike-a-Thon & Family Fun Day on Sunday, November 3, in support of children in foster care.

The event brought multiple attractions to the park, including music, games, a petting zoo and yoga warm-up stretch with Mary Beth LaRue, according to event organizers.

Sponsored by Cafe Vida, In-N-Out and Wexler’s Deli, hikers were well fed after a day of hiking.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., around 500 hikers hit the trail to support the organization that was founded in 1993 by Palisadian Pepper Edmiston in honor of her son, David.

When David’s sister, Susan Abrams, took over operations in 2009, the program began offering overnight summer camps and “year-round educational and outdoor adventures for boys and girls in foster care.”

The event was part of an effort to raise $75,000 to send an additional 150 children to summer camp, as Happy Trails Board Chair Jon Abrams also announced that the Salter Family Foundation will contribute $250,000 toward a permanent campsite.

“Happy Trails for Kids provides our campers with new experiences, lifelong friendships, important role models and a loving community that every child deserves,” said Lindsay Elliott, executive director, in a statement.

“We have hundreds of children on our waiting list because of limited space. We are incredibly grateful for the support of everybody who participated in the Hike-a-Thon to help our program grow.”

For more information on the organization or to donate, visit happytrailsforkids.org.

Last Chance to See Palisadian-Created LA Skyline Art

Photo courtesy of Felix Massey

The Palisadian-created art installation that Angelenos driving down the 10 freeway have seen atop the Los Angeles Convention Center for the past six months will be uninstalled on Sunday, November 10.

The project, titled Shaping LA, was created by Portraits of Hope, a Palisadian-founded, nonprofit program aimed at conceiving and developing “one-of-a-kind motivational art projects that merge the production of dynamic public art works with creative therapy for hospitalized children and civic education for students of all ages.”

Shaping LA has famously become part of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline while raising awareness to its creative therapy that more than 800 hospitals, schools, after-school programs and social service agencies have been a part of.

Co-founder Ed Massey involved his entire family in the project, according to his wife Dawn.

“Like most of Ed’s public works, we as a family are … all hands on deck,” said Dawn, describing how their daughter, Georgi, a junior at Palisades Charter High School, and their son, Felix, a college student in New York, spend their holidays and weekends working on the Portraits of Hope projects.

“What’s so cool about this project is that so many Palisadians, kids and adults, worked on Shaping LA,” she said.

The colorful and triangular display of art consisted of a 31-panel installation that spanned four football fields in length, as an estimated 20 million vehicles per month drove past it.

“It’s been really incredible because the project … was 13 years in the making,” Ed said in an interview with the Palisadian-Post. “We were very excited to see that scale of a canvas go up.”

Ed said it was satisfying to see the reaction of the close to 7,000 participants when they saw their work become part of the LA skyline exposed to millions of people.

The logistics to installing the artwork included putting special railings around the canvas so visually disabled artists could feel their way around and be a part of it.

“I had sketched out the concept to transform the Convention Center wall into a geometric pattern … [The 13-year time frame] wasn’t because of political hurdles, it was more of the timing and couldn’t wrap my head around it,” Ed explained.

He hopes Palisadians will take the opportunity during its final days to drive by and take in the scale and meaning of the masterpiece one last time.

Now, Ed will focus his efforts on a personal project dealing with homelessness while the Portraits of Hope program focuses on a new waterborne project in cities around the world that have yet to be determined.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

‘The Trump Path’

We learn so much from experience and observation. One can move forward, or one can go backward. We learn from mistakes, or repeat them. We embrace success, or experience failure.

Going the path of the Left is insanity. What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. It is foolish to repeat ineffective actions … and Democratic policies are ineffective. Look at California.

Donald Trump has been triumphant pointing out the “old failed” policies of the Democratic Party; tax, and spend, class warfare, re-distribution of wealth, racial divisiveness. They have fooled the American people with the illusion of unity and promises of success.

Many Conservatives applaud the appointment of Neil Gorsich and Brett Kavanaugh to our Supreme Court. I commend our president for rebuilding and strengthening our military. He is the first president in 50 years to challenge China. I am pleased we confronted the Iranian Regime and rejected the nuclear deal made by the Obama Administration. He also kept his promise to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.

More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history. Women’s unemployment rate is the lowest in 65 years. African-American, Hispanic American, Asian-American unemployment have reached record lows. Manufacturing is confident in our future. Do not forget President Trump cut Obamacare’s burdensome, individual mandate; a penalty I never understood.

We are energy independent. Coal exports are up 60% since 2017; an industry Obama wanted to destroy.

President Trump never retreats, he is relentless and he wins. He is a “master brander.” President Clinton noted in an interview: “Trump is good at sensing the emotional landscape of the people he targets.”

Do you want to return to “average” or do you want to be “exceptional?” Do you want to return to high and burdensome taxation? Do you want to restrict energy independence and production? Do you want slow job growth and limited manufacturing? Do you want open borders and continued illegal immigration?

Let us be exceptional and choose to win. Stay on track and move on the Trump path.

Elle Feldman
Pacific Palisades


Calvary Christian School

PPCC continues to appreciate the Post’s coverage of our Land Use Committee (LUC) and Board meetings. However, it’s important to clarify the respective roles of the LUC and Board, as well as the recent actions taken in regard to the Calvary Christian School land use application.

The LUC did not “approve” the proposed project/application, nor did the Board vote to “support” it, as stated in the recent Post article on our October 24 Board meeting.

As with almost all PPCC committees, the LUC is not authorized to act for the Board nor to approve any projects; its role is solely to conduct research and make recommendations to the Board. In this case, the LUC made a recommendation that the Board not object to the project, contingent on a condition involving regulation of concurrent school and church activities.

It did not recommend that the Board approve or support the project, and the Board itself later followed the LUC’s recommendation, taking the position only that it does not object, contingent on the specified condition of approval. See the PPCC position letter at pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Calvary-Christian-School-Letter.pdf.

We emphasize that PPCC, like all Neighborhood and Community Councils, does not have authority to “approve” any projects; it acts in an advisory role only vis a vis government officials who are the actual decision-makers for any requested approvals.

PPCC continues to invite the public to attend all PPCC Board and LUC meetings, and participate in discussion about important community matters. To be added to the PPCC email list for receipt of meeting agendas and notices, contact info@pacpalicc.org.

PPCC Officers
George Wolfberg, Chair; David Card, Vice-Chair;
Richard Cohen, Treasurer; Chris Spitz, Secretary

Your Two Cents’ Worth

Crosswalk

There REALLY ought to be a crosswalk at “the brown building” on 881 Alma Real. I doubt no less than 200 pedestrian crossings are made there every day, especially after school. It’s an accident waiting to happen.


Leaf Blowers

Illegal gas blowers are still going like gangbusters even with the fire and poor air quality. Why are homeowners not asking for electric? Way less fumes and dust and it’s the law.


Leaf Blowers II

I had a good chuckle reading that it takes twice the time to clean a garden using a rake as it does using a gas-blower. That is a myth. In the 90s, when a group of Palisadians worked toward the ban, we organized a race between a blower and a rake. The rake literally took five more minutes. You might ask your gardener to 1) Not blow against the wind; 2) Not follow one leaf down the street; 3) Not blow top soil off of plants; 4) Remember, leaves are GOOD for nature; they create mulch. 5) Finally, schools in the Palisades were closed because of particulate matter generated by the fires. Gas-blowers create the same particulate matter that damages our children every single day. How about children and infants first, poisonous gas blowers last?


JIB

The Palisades are unanimous! The PPCC, LUC & DRB all voted overwhelmingly against the Jack in the Box development. Yet where is our Councilmember Mike Bonin on this? He hasn’t taken a position? Who is he representing? #Where’sMike?


Fires

I think we can all agree that there are no adequate words to express our admiration and thank you to our firefighters for keeping us safe. It was unfortunate that people in the alphabet streets evacuated as ordered but chose to put people that work for them in danger. Last week, when I was allowed Five minutes to grab some medicine I was sickened by what I saw. There were full construction crews working on homes, gardeners caring for lawns and housekeepers walking dogs. It is beyond my wildest imagination that these homeowners selfishly only care about their safety and not the safety of those who work for them. To those homeowners I urge you to take a long hard look at your actions and to remember that those that work for you also deserved the decency of staying safe.


Katie Hill

Please try to set aside the “MeTooMovement” for just a moment. I have been a life long supporter of Women’s Equal Rights, Human Rights, religious freedom, Black Power, etc but I now wish to start a new movement for #MeThreeMovement to honor the political demise of the former US Representative (D) Katie Hill. What cowardice does she demonstrate during her long sap filled resignation speech. She “wanted to show people to lead by good example”, please let us all move on without the likes of Katie Hill.


Got something to say? Call (310) 454-1321 or email 2cents@palipost.com and get those kudos or concerns off your chest. Names will not be used.

Neighborhood News

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Pali High

Palisades Charter High School presents “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” for its Fall Play.

“Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life,” Dramatists Play Service states. “He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork.

“Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.”

Performances run November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., as well as November 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. in Mercer Hall. Tickets, available at brownpapertickets.com/event/4418731, are $10 for students, general $16 and VIP for $23.               

JENNIKA INGRAM


PPAA Show | The Village

Recent works by Martha Meade will be on display at Palisades Branch Library in the Community Room through November 27 through Pacific Palisades Art Association.

The art association will also host its general meeting early this month due to the week of Thanksgiving and will meet on Tuesday, November 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. The speaker was to be determined as the Post went to print.

—SARAH SHMERLING


Community Book Club NightThe Village

A Community Book Club night—the second part of the inaugural Palisades Reads event, hosted by Pacific Palisades Library Association—with Palisadian Laura Nicole Diamond, the author of “Shelter Us,” will take place on November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Palisades Branch Library.

The novel is about a Palisadian mother who is struggling with grief from a tragic accident who becomes obsessed with helping a young homeless mother get back on her feet.

Copies of “Shelter Us” are available at the library as well as wherever books are sold.    

—JENNIKA INGRAM


PPTFH Upcoming Meeting | The Village

The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness will address Success Stories: From Street to Home at its next meeting on Monday, November 18, at 7 p.m. at Palisades Branch Library.

“107 homeless individuals have been transitioned off the streets in Pacific Palisades thanks to the work of the People Concern Outreach Team and support from our community,” a PPTFH representative said ahead of the upcoming meeting. “At our next meeting, we’ll get to meet and hear from the people behind the success.”

Guest speakers will include the team from The People Concern, a landlord who accepts housing vouchers and two newly house clients.

For more information, visit pptfh.org.

—SARAH SHMERLING

Ask BBB

How do you help a toddler with a major change? I am moving with my husband and soon-to-be-2-year-old across the country and are hoping to make the transition as smooth as possible.

How I wish there were a simple answer that would guarantee a smooth transition in the face of such a big change as is moving across the country.

The reality is that change of any kind can be difficult for young children, a 2-year-old being at the top of the list! I have often told parents that two of the biggest show stoppers for young children are change and hurrying.

The good news is that there are things you can do to take the surprise out of the change, keeping in mind that development plays the biggest part in the child’s ability to process what is going on. Here are few suggestions to get you started:

1. Before you even begin to pack, walk around your home taking photos of your house as your toddler knows it now. Snap pics of everything—the bathroom, the bedrooms, the kitchen, the laundry room, the hallway, the things on the wall, the garden.

Take some with the child in the context. Print those photos and glue them onto some pieces of cardboard to create a book called “My Old House.” (Forget the effort and expense of creating a digitally made version. It isn’t necessary … unless you want to make one.)

Look at that book now for sure. It’s just a book about your house. And after the move, you will look at it over and over, remembering together.

2. Be sure to take photos of other familiar scenes in your neighborhood and in your child’s current life. The music class, the park, the grocery store checker, etc …These can also be in your book.

3. Obtain photos of the new house and show these to your child saying, “This is the house that you, Mommy and Daddy are going to live in all together one day soon.”

4. When it is time to pack, be sure to have a small-ish box in which your child can put a few things. He can even decorate it! You will write his name on this box in big letters. He can help with the packing, as you tell him that everything in our whole house is moving with you.

Then let him see you doing some packing, too. “We are taking all our things to our new house.” When you arrive at the new house, he needs to see that his box is there, the one he decorated and packed.

5. Be sure to take photos of the packing process so you can look back on what happened. Photos and books help children to process their experiences.

6. Get ahold of one of the many great books about moving written just for little ones. Don’t start reading these too far in advance, just a week or two before the process begins.

7. Be sure to emphasize that the whole family and all your stuff is moving with you. The most important thing to your child is that he is with you.

8. When you arrive in the new house, be sure that your child’s room is the first to be set up. He can see all his same old things—his bed, dresser, clothes, toys, animal friends, etc … are there in his new room.

9. Sometimes when people plan to move, there are many stops along the way. It is always better to have as few detours as possible in order to avoid too much change and adjustment for the child.

10. Just know that it will take around six weeks for the child to put down roots. All the disruptions to his life, including his sleep schedule, will fall into a pattern, things will settle down and become truly familiar and comfortable.

Parents tend to think that it is better to shield the child from the move, making it easier on the child. That could not be more incorrect.

It is important for the child to be involved and exposed to the parts of the process. He needs to see that big truck that will move all your things. I even think it is good for a child to see his old empty house. Without your things in it, it doesn’t feel like your house anymore.

A house is not a home without you in it!

Good luck with the move. And keep in touch with us through your Palisadian-Post!


BBB is a child development and behavior specialist in Pacific Palisades. She can be reached through her website, betsybrownbraun.com.

Arcelia ‘Sherrie’ McConnell

March 6, 1924 – October 16, 2019

Arcelia “Sherrie” McConnell passed away peacefully on October 16. She was 95. She is now happily reunited with her husband, Lorimer (“Lorry”), and all of her other loved ones who have passed on.

She was born in Pirtleville, Arizona, and moved to Los Angeles when she was about 9 years old. She was the youngest of eight sisters and one brother, all deceased. She graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1943 and wanted to attend UCLA, but since her father had passed away when she was 12, she had to work to help support her mother and siblings.

A high school teacher highly recommended her for a job as assistant claims supervisor and interpreter at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Since her mother was from Mexico and Spanish was her first language, she was fluent in Spanish.

She met Lorry McConnell at a dance in Hollywood and they were married eight months later. They loved to dance and continued to swing dance throughout their marriage at various events. A favorite spot for them was the American Legion, where big bands played for special events.

They lived in Gardena, California, until their daughters, Michelle and Leslie, were teenagers. Sherrie was a devoted mother. She was very active at her daughters’ grade school, made clothes and costumes for them, and cooked tasty meals for the whole family. She also loved baking, decorating cakes and making cards.

Since she and Lorry were theatre lovers, she sold tickets to plays and worked at the box office at the Gardena Valley Playmakers, where Lorry directed, produced and acted in plays.

After moving to Pacific Palisades, she worked at Home Savings and Loan for a few years, then at the J. Paul Getty Museum as a receptionist and secretary, until retiring in 1989. She and Lorry loved art and attending the many events at the Getty Museum, Villa and Center.

She and Lorry were involved in Bible study and the senior group at Corpus Christi Church, and since they were huge Bruin fans, they attended many events at UCLA. Sherrie was a member of the Assistance League of Santa Monica and volunteered at their “bargain bazaar.”

They took many road trips with the family along the California coastline, Arizona, Mexico, a few other western states, including Montana, to visit relatives. As a couple, they travelled to other U.S. states and Europe.

They loved spending time with their grandchildren­­—taking them on trips, attending school performances, games and birthday parties—all documented in countless photographs and videos.

Surviving are her daughters, Michelle McConnell and husband Darren Schenck, Leslie McConnell Sullivan and husband Jim Sullivan, and her two granddaughters, Sarah Sullivan Mertel and husband Tom Mertel, and Catherine Sullivan.

A funeral Mass followed by a reception will be held at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades on November 9 at 10 a.m. If you wish, please send donations in her honor to the Assistance League of Santa Monica, 1453 15th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

 

Marilyn Ann Hedges

Marilyn Ann Hedges, 89, passed away on October 17 of complications from a heart valve replacement surgery.

Born in Compton, California, on May 17, 1930, she was the daughter of George Samuel Conley and Anna Gertrude Baldrick Conley. She is a graduate of Whittier College.

Marilyn moved to Santa Monica, California, after marrying her husband, Ralph Everett Hedges, in 1954. She had an unwavering faith in God and a generous heart to all who knew her. She was an active longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica. She was a member of PEO, DAR, the YMCA and United Methodist Women. She loved to cook, travel, and host family and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, she is survived by her daughter Kathleen and son-in-law Russell and her son Robert and daughter-in-law, Patricia. She is also survived by her sisters Marjorie Conley Aikens and Mary Newman and brother-in-law, Daniel.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th Street in Santa Monica.