eula leegeisert
Long-time Gardena resident Eula Lee Geisert passed away Sunday March 5th due to complications from pneumonia, she was 96. Eula Lee Geisert was born in El Campo Texas in 1920. She came to California in 1929 and spent much of her childhood in Highland Park. She moved to Gardena in 1949 with her husband Darell Geisert and they purchased property being converted from a Turkey ranch into a housing track near Alondra Blvd. She enjoyed working with the contractor adding special features to the home, in which she still lived. Lee loved children and ran a day care out of the home for many years, however her creativity couldn't be kept silent and it led her to a job as a designer for the engineering firm Teledyne-Sprague located on Vermont Avenue. Lee also loved the great outdoors and was active in the Sierra Club, climbing Mt. Whitney in her 70's and leading hikes in the Angeles National forest into her 80's. She was passionate about gardening and music. She knew all roses and most flowers by name and frequented the Disney Concert Hall to see the likes of Pavarotti and the L.A. Philharmonic. She absolutely loved to travel visiting 54 countries and seeing all fifty-states in the U.S. She was very civic-minded and active in the City of Gardena senior center and the exercise program for over 30 years. Predeceased are her children Dean Geisert and Gail Dufrene and is survived by her sister Mary Lou Nadler, three grandchildren and their spouses, eight great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, her long-time companion of 25 years Mr. Tom Murphy and his five children and six grandchildren. Services will be held at McMillian Mortuary, 1016 W. 164th St, Gardena, Ca, 90247 March 13th at 10:30 am.

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  1. Markoo, My heart breaks you are gone. We all “knew” you’d like to be 100!!!! Even 100 years wouldn’t have been enough though as you were our glue. Your smile and grace will never be forgotten. Ever. We love you, Gloria, Wil, Kayla and Christopher

  2. A true angel on earth with such a beautiful presence about her. Always making people feel welcomed in her home no matter who you were. My best memory was visiting one of the first times and she took me to her “travel’ room to show me all of her memorabilia. She was full of life and a truly fascinating lady. I will miss going to visit her when we are in the area. God speed, Markoo.

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