Krstich, Elizabeth Jean, a 49 year resident of the South Bay passed away on Monday, March 19, 2007 in Torrance. Born in Preston, Idaho, the oldest of six children, Elizabeth was 72 when she died. Elizabeth was a licensed realtor for 36 years. She was active in sales and property management and on the Hawthorne/Lawndale Board of Realtors. Elizabeth was an avid gardener. She loved bright flowers, exotic ornamental plants and succulents. She would use her talent to propagate new plants and cuttings to brighten the homes and yards of friends, family and clients. Her favorite thing about living in the South Bay was spending time at the beach. She loved walking along the strand or piers, watching sea birds and looking for seals and dolphins. Elizabeth was active in ballroom dancing for many years. She loved to practice at home, in a studio, or at any other opportunity. She was a big fan of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Elizabeth always looked out for others. She would spend countless hours cooking, shopping and caring for sick friends and family. She diligently watched over her neighborhood, looking in on and caring for elderly and ailing neighbors. She loved caring for her grandchildren and young nieces and nephews. She worked to make each one feel special. A stroke in 2001 forced Elizabeth to retire from real estate, gardening and dancing. Her death was due to complications from a fall suffered December 27, 2006. A memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. A reception will immediately follow in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.

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  1. Mrs. Krstich was the mom of one of my best friends Mike. His sister Karen was also my friend. I worked for her husband on Sat. and Sun. morning delivering the LA Times in Inglewood to the stores. I was at Mikes house all the time. I went camping with them. I did allot with them. Mrs. Krstich was so nice to me and treated me as her kid. I have had a few friends pass away over the last 20 years or so and this one has hit me as hard as my mom and dad passing. I’m so sorry for this happening. I love Mike and Karen and I hope all will be well soon. I just wish and feel bad I didn’t keep in touch with Mrs. Krstich. I live in Hawaii since 1989 but have been back so many times since and never looked her up. That is something I feel really bad for. I am so sorry for that. She did mean something to me. Love Keith

  2. Liz was my big sister, just 15 months older than myself. I have so many fond memories of the times we spent together. We used to have pet names for each other. She called me the “Poor little orphan-less waif” and I called her “chicken legs. She had many achievementsnts and much success in her life but her greatest treasures were her loving daughter Karen, and her son Mike and her two grandsons, Kyle and Cody. I will always miss my big sister.

  3. Throughout the years it was my Aunt Betty along with my G-ma that kept me involved with this side of my family. I never doubted their love or support though other relations were estranged. Even years after having a family of my own my aunt Betty would magically appear at my door, yes usually with a freshly potted plant or live catnip plants for my cats. She always had a smile and a hug and never failed to remind me that I was a Welker and Important. Me and my children religiously recieved holiday and birthday cards, I always remember thinking now thats love. I will miss her surprise visits and beautiful smile, but will always feel her loving arms around me as she watches over me and mine.May you have peaceful days as you tend Gods Garden. I will miss your wise ways. I love you!

  4. Aunt Betty, Thank you for all the fun times we had together. The moments at the beach, having lunch at the Kettle, and being there for all my games growing up. You were always inspiring with your infectous laugh and smile. You were truly a blessing to have in my life. Thank you. Teddy Golden and Family.

  5. Dearest Aunt Elizabeth, My favorite memories as a child include Aunt Elizabeth–I loved to stay overnight at her house, play with her at Grandma’s house, having her take me to different places, seeing her at all of my soccer and softball games… she was a fixture in my life for many years. I am incredibly thankful and greatful that I had such a wonderful caring aunt who made sure to show myself and all of her children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces how important we were to her.

  6. My sister Betty was 6 feet tall until I was in my 20’s and she told me she was only 5’4″. I was shocked. Finding that she was closer to my height than I thought led to us being closer in sisterhood. We are sisters, even though she and Kay claim I grew up in a different family because the 3 younger kids “had different rules so must of had different parents” Don’t know if that’s true or not, but do know I will miss my big sister. Love you Mike and Karen.

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