Georgia Lane MacInnis, California native and Rancho Santa Fe resident, passed away peacefully on March 25.
Georgia is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Barry Forbes MacInnis, as well as their daughter Jennifer Lane (MacInnis) Gilmore and her husband Chris Gilmore of Allen, Texas; son, Scott Forbes MacInnis and his wife Suzanne (Baxter) MacInnis of San Diego, California; as well as her five grandchildren; Mason Michael Gilmore, Channing Lane Gilmore, Brandt Forbes Gilmore, Jade Noel MacInnis and Mia Layne MacInnis. She is also survived by her brother Alan Zusy, cousins Paul and wife Donna Pekar, Elizabeth Mottl, Melissa Pekar and niece Rosalie MacInnis.
Georgia was a proud native of California. She was born in Santa Monica, grew up in the Pacific Palisades and resided in Rancho Santa Fe. She was the second born, and baby of the family, to her parents George and Lillian Zusy. Her childhood was filled with many memories of family friends, block parties and huge holidays.
She attended Santa Monica schools and went on to Santa Monica College where she majored in drama/theatre arts. Georgia excelled academically and was born to wear the boots, hat and feather of the Captain (“Skipper”) being front and center of her drill team.
She went on to meet Barry, where he was attending a football game at Santa Monica College, on leave from the United States Marine Corp. Rumor has it that his haircut, outfit and manners were something to be admired. Two years later they were married in Georgia’s home town surrounded by family and friends.
Seven years later they started a family of their own welcoming Jennifer Lane and three years later Scott Forbes. Motherhood and family were paramount to Georgia. In 1981, they moved their family to Rancho Santa Fe. Georgia was the biggest cheerleader at the kids’ events, equestrian shows, soccer games, tennis matches, baseball games and golf tournaments. She was often spotted wearing the same “lucky uniform” so that she would not jinx their performances.
“George,” as so many liked to call her, genuinely loved and welcomed a son in law (Chris, 2000) and daughter in law (Suzanne, 2008). Welcoming grandchildren brought her the greatest joy. Georgia and Barry were elated to welcome Mason (2003), Channing (2005), Brandt (2008), Jade (2009) and Mia (2012) to their brood.
In addition to being a full-time mom and grandmother, Georgia and Barry partnered in business for the better part of six decades where they built and invested in commercial and residential real estate in Southern California.
Georgia was an elegant dancer with a killer smile. She was a bona fide true friend, a loving wife, a keen business partner, an awesome mom, and supreme and world-class Gramma.
She has left a distinct and lasting mark with her family.
She spent countless hours singing, humming and rocking her kids and grandkids to “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.” She is and forever will be our sunshine.
Georgia passed on March 25 at home with her loving family surrounding her. Her family has agreed … Gramma is now our newest angel.
Comes Sweet and Clear
As moonlight through the pines
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on our minds
Georgia …. on …. my …. mind.
Services are pending.
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