May 4, 1920 ~ October 17, 2005
Our mother, Genevieve Viola Weddington passed peacefully on October 24, 2005, after living 85 years to the fullest with no regrets. Genevieve was born in Beverly Hills on May 4, 1920. Her mother's given name was Happy, a legacy given to Genevieve, as everyone who knew her would attest. She lived in Redondo Beach nearly all of her life.
Genevieve attended Redondo Union High School, and in her teens, she worked in a bakery, and ran a soda fountain on Artesia Boulevard where she began her tradition of baking famous pies. When she married O.N. "Stubby" Fowler in 1942, she gained a large family, starting with Stubby's 10 year old daughter, Carol. An only child herself, Genevieve became an instant sister, aunt, and cousin to the Fowler clan. She held the honor at the recent Fowler reunion as the last living Aunt.
In the 1940s, Genevieve and Stubby opened Redondo Lock and Key shop on Diamond Street while Stubby was on the Redondo Beach Fire Department. Various families joined our fmily, including our grandparents, Happy and Ray Robirds, on memorable trips to Ensenada and Las Vegas. Friday nights were reserved for pinnochle. Our family lived briefly in Elsinore, California, and in San Diego. When we returned our parents re-opened Redondo Lock and Key in Hollywood Riviera, where they worked the business together until Stubby's death in 1969. Genevieve later married Redondo pier fish market owner Dick "Cal" Weddington. Their retirement years were spent ocean and creek fishing until Dick passed in 1988. The grandchildren have fond memories of fishing on the barge and clam digging at the beach. All of them took special trips with their Grammy throughout the years, including a family trip to Ireland.
As daughters, we grew up in the loving care of our parents. We soon learned to share the love of the L.A. Dodgers and attending games. Mother would have it no other way. We followed in her footsteps, and enjoy entertaining in our homes, but neither acquired her taste for Jameson or Sapphire gin. Old Tony's on the Pier was her favorite hangout with her adult grandchildren, and they each have a collection of Tony drinking glasses.
The Masonic family was a central part of Genevieve's life, first as a wife of a mason (Stubby) and mother of two Job's Daughters Honored Queens, then as wife of Dick, an Al Malikah shriner. We, her daughters, Mellody Lynn and Kimberly Dawn, married and brought into the world four grandchildren for her to cherish: Mellody's sons, Chad Stuart Hickey, who passed away in 1998, and Scot Christopher Hickey; Kimberly's daughter, Dena Delise Brownlow, and son, Jason Daniel Brownlow. Scot and his wife Karen gave Genevieve her first great grandchildren, Alexandra and Conall. Last year, great grandchild Genevieve Swan was born to Dena and her husband Jeff Patmore. In the summer, Jason and his wife Christine added a fourth great grandchild, Etienne Barrau. All were adored by their great grandmother. Mellody and her husband, Bruce, are retired and live in Buena Park. Kim and her husband, Daniel, live in Tustin. Carol Streeter resides in Rancho Santa Fe and has two children, Bill Balsom who has two daughters, and Cathy Wade who has two sons.
Genevieve's diagnosis of lung cancer in August didn't deter her from continuing to enjoy visits with cherished friends and going to a Deers meetings at the Redondo Elks Club to reminisce with friends she'd known for more than 65 years. She appreciated every visitor, card and call. We are respecting mother's wishes to forego a memorial service and and plan a "party" with family and friends. It will be held Saturday, November 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to 714 522-8157. Mother's favorite charities were Heal the Bay, and the Shriner's Hospital. To contact charities: email@example.com or phone 1-800-HEALBAY, ext. 118 and www.shrinershq.org or send to Shriners' Hospital, 3160 Geneva St., Los Angeles, CA 90020.
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