MARJORIE ERWIN, our dear mother, peacefully passed away November 14th. 2009, at the age of 89. She was born in Dearborn, MO in 1920. Grew up in St. Joseph, MO and came to Los Angeles in 1939. Married in 1942 to Warren L. Erwin. They had three children and resided in Downey, CA for 50 years. Marjorie was a secretary with the Downey Unified School District for 20 years. She retired in 1983, moved to Torrance, CA in 2000 and enjoyed her remaining years there. Marjorie was an avid reader, loved music and gardening. But her real passion was traveling! She crossed the globe visiting many countries in her 18 trips and could recount most every detail! She is survived by a son, Mark Erwin(Janet) and daughters Cathy Gillman(Jerry) and Laura Newhall(Forrest), as well as five grand children. Also three sisters, Helen Michalek, Carmen Valcour and Rita Sandburg. A Rosary will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel in Torrance at 7:P.M. on Sunday November 22nd. The Memorial Mass will be at 1:00 P.M. Monday, November 23rd. at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Providence Trinity Care Hospice Foundation, 2601 Airport Dr. Ste 230 Torrance, CA 90505 Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. My grandmother wrote the following to me on the occasion of my Catholic Confirmation: “Strive to develop the one most important quality of mankind: character. Make honesty and integrity the keystone of building your character. Remember, if you have integrity nothing else matters; if you don’t have integrity nothing else matters. And be kind, thoughtful and respectful to others. Heed this advice and you will be a happy man and an upright citizen of our great country.” Grandma Marge lived by these words herself. Her core values were informed by her experience during the Great Depression and devotion to her Catholic faith. She was a very compassionate woman with limitless pride in her family and country. At heart, she was an idealist: she believed in the American dream, rugged individualism, and continual self-improvement. She was more than a grandma to me; she was one of my best friends. I will forever treasure the profound impact she had on my life. I love you Grandma! Blake

  2. I will always remember all of the fun family times over the years. Grandma Marge was a wonderful Grandmother who I will never forget. I love you Grandma and I will miss you. Forrie

  3. Dear Laura and Family, Gary and I our so sorry for your loss. We will remember your mother as an inspiration to her entire family. Our best to you during this time of heartache, and we know your family will celebrate all the love and memories she gave to you throughout her life. With love, Kathy and Gary

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