Marguerite M. Thackeray, a longtime resident of Gardena, CA, passed away at the age of 91 on Friday, January 12, 2018, in Torrance, CA. Born in Diamondville, WY, she was the coalminers’ daughter of Joseph and Catherine Pistono. The family moved to Ventura, CA in 1941, where she graduated from Ventura High School and Ventura Jr College, earning her A.A degree. She began working for the Pacific Telephone Company in 1943 and would continue to be employed at Compton and Catalina Island facilities until 1959. In 1947 the family moved to Gardena, CA. Marguerite met the love of her life, Donald Thackeray, at the Figueroa Ballroom in 1952 and they were married at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Gardena, in 1954. Two years later they moved into the home where she and Don raised a family and resided until her death. Marguerite taught religious education for three years at St. Anthony’s and in 1970 became the first secretary and office manager for St. Anthony’s School of Religion (CCD.) In 1977, she became employed at Hughes Aircraft and retired in 1988. Mom and Dad loved ballroom dancing and in the 70s even took disco lessons. She enjoyed collecting glassware and often visited the Rose Bowl Flea Market. She came from an era when a housewive’s pride was shown in how well they took care of the family and kept up the house, and Marguerite was known for having the cleanest house around! She was an avid painter and quilter and her artwork decorates the home. Marguerite also enjoyed gambling and loved her Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers! Marguerite is survived by children Michael (Karen,) Karen Miller (Rick) and Patricia Frazier; beloved grandchildren Cole, Christopher (Jessica,) Laurel, Brian, Casey and Daniel, and sister Glenda Vowels. The Vigil service will be held at Lighthouse Memorial and Reception in Gardena, on Monday, January 29th at 7:00 pm with remembrance and reception following. The Mass will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Tuesday, January 30th at 10:00 am with a reception to follow at Lighthouse Memorials.

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  1. All my love to the family. Aunt Marguerite’s life was lived so beautifully. She loved her husband, children, and grandchildren with all her heart. I only have fond memories of spending holidays and visits at her home and having coffee milk in the kitchen with the kids. When I was stationed in the Coast Guard, Long Beach, she and Uncle Don opened their home to me those weekends I had to work so I would have a lovely place to sleep. She made the world a better place.

  2. Mrs. Thackeray you w.ill never be forgotten a.nd always remembered. I enjoyed working with you in CCD in 72-73. Hopem you are ballroom dancing with Mr. Thackeray.

  3. I never knew this wonderful woman, but I do know her daughter, Karen. I have a great deal of respect and love for Karen. I hope that people will understand that wothout the wonder of the Mother, there can be no wonder in the child. May God bless.

  4. I have so many wonderful memories of your mom as I have know you all for my 61 years. She would baby sit me when my mom had errands to do. The things that Michael and I would get into must have tried your mom’s patience! I loved her tacos and loved when i was asked to stay for dinner. Both Margie and Don were wonderful and very special people to me and my parents. We have been good neighbors for at least my 61 years. I can’t remember when you moved in. I just know that I will miss her but I know she and Don are having a great time along with my parents. I will always treasure those memories.

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