April 28, 1925 ~ August 12, 2007
Jeanne (Marie Jean) Rawson passed away peacefully in her home on August 12, 2007. She was a long time resident of Westchester and Playa Del Rey. Born April 28, 1925 in Venice, Ca. She attended St. Monica High School and UCLA.
She is predeceased by her loving husband Charles (Chuck) Rawson and her parents George and Josie Thiroux. Jeanne is survived by her son Patrick (Carmen) of Haleiwa, Hawaii and her son Michael (Dona) of Westchester. She is also survived by her sister, Jacqueline (Gary) Kamerer and her cousin, Carol (Ron) Wetzel. She was loved and treasured by her grandchildren; Nicole, Ryan (Lacey) and Kareen Rawson of Hawaii. Chris, Matthew, Jonny and Mallory Rawson of Westchester. She also had two great granddaughters; Kaiya and Kali Rawson.
With her passing goes the end of an era. Jeanne was the living embodiment of everyone's Auntie Mame. She was a true individual and when God made her, they broke the mold. So many have been touched by her presence and will remember her sense of humor, advice, and generosity, whether it was a loaf of her zucchini bread or a great story to share. We will miss her sofa coaching her beloved UCLA football team (she felt they needed to work more on their defense), her love for flowers, Christmas Eve at her house or her sage advice whether requested or not.
Jeanne was a benefactor to many. She was always willing to help where there was a need. Over the years many individuals, schools and organizations benefited by her generosity. She was a teacher in her early years and loved books and the written word. Jeanne passed that love along to her children, grandchildren and friends. If you wanted a good book to read, go ask Jeanne.
Jeanne had many people who gave her loving care in her last years, two that must be mentioned are her caretaker Emerita Rosales, and her niece Teri Lemoine who loyally cared for her. Another special thank you to the Westchester Bridge Group that has met weekly for over 40 years, they made sure she had a ride every week. They will never know how much that meant to her. She held dear many of her and Chuck's childhood friends; Sparrow Johnson, Mike Polito and others from "The Group" of Loyola High School.
Because Jeanne and her husband Chuck treasured the island of Hawaii, Aloha attire is encouraged for her services. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Jerome church in Westchester on Sept. 1st at 10am. Burial will immediately follow at Holy Cross cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Jeanne Rawson Scholarship Fund at Notre Dame Academy 2851 Overland Avenue; Los Angeles, CA 90064. Donations can also be given to St. Jerome School to benefit the Charles E. Rawson library or the Lewis A. Kingsley Science lab both of which she was a major benefactor, 5580 Thornburn, Westchester, CA 90045.
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