Mary Ann
Mary Ann Courtney, of Torrance CA, age 67 died June 6, 2009 surrounded by love. She is the beloved family member of John, Frances, and Margaret, [and their families]. She is survived by her Godson Alberto. She is also survived by Nieces and Nephews: John, Gena, Christine, Matthew, Rosa, Beatrice, John Andrew, Christopher, David, Leanne, and Carley and their families; Grand Nieces and Nephews: Julia, Ian, Miles, Sofia, Natalia, Matthew, Maggie and Madeline. She is further survived by a plethora of cousins too numerous to mention. Ms. Courtney had a distinguished career in Federal Service. She was a linguist who spoke various dialects of Spanish and American Sign Language, a world traveler, a teacher, an avid correspondent and the family historian. She had a bright smile and a welcome for everyone. After retirement she returned to school, earned her credentials in Early Education. She taught as a bilingual Spanish and English teacher. She pursued studies in Native American Culture and tutored on a Navajo Reservation. She taught in a local preschool. She volunteered in the local hospital. There will be a Memorial Mass for her on Tuesday June 9 at 10 AM. St. Catherine Laboure, 3846 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Charity of Your Choice. Mary Ann's favorite charities included, Cancer Care, Little Company of Mary, Native Americans.

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  1. Dear Family Members God bless you at this difficult time. May you know she will not be forgotten as a kind and wonderful person. I so enjoyed her when I had the opportunity to work with her at US Customs. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I just learned of her passing and I am saddened I was not in attendance for the service. Aileen Colon Former Asst Dir of Field Operations Los Angeles (Retired)

  2. My deepest condolences to Mary Ann’s family. Mary Ann and I worked together as Customs Inspectors at LAX for over 14 years. She was super fun to work with, compassionate to weary travelers and no nonsense to the bad guys. She talked like a sailor but was an angel in disguise. I remember her 50th birthday bash – Hawaiian style – with a terrific turn-out of friends and family. She and another friend of mine are the two most courageous cancer fighters I have ever known. What they went through and what guts they must have had. They had great faith, I know that. I remember Mary Ann was always going on horse-back rides and I can visualize her now riding alongside the wild mustangs. She was an angel on earth, and I have no doubt she is someone’s Guardian Angel now. God bless you, Mary Ann. Love, Jackie

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