Mary Lou
Marilouisa Lavina Duran, known as Mary Lou Ewart to her family and friends, left the life she loved on Friday, December 31, 2010. She was 92. Mary Lou was born November 5, 1918 outside El Paso, Texas. She was the third child born to Martin and Sara Duran. The family moved to Los Angeles in the early 1920's. As a young woman she loved dressing up and going dancing with her friends though she never smoked or drank alcohol – something she attributed her long healthy life to! She had many jobs through the years - secretary, retail clerk, cosmetics sales and eventually was a welder/riveter from which she retired due to injury in 1974. Mary Lou moved to Torrance in 1960 and always felt connected here. Driving a baby blue 1955 Thunderbird – she was a personality known around town for many years. She always did things her way, a generous, independent soul till the end. Mother to Yvonne Marie Millan, her family was her life's breath. She is survived by her daughter, her brother Martin Duran age 95 of Huntington Park, CA, four Grandchildren – Raven Lemons of Torrance, Pandora Lemons, Marlon Lemons, and Gabrielle Lemons of Seattle– as well as her four Great Grandchildren Jazmyne Schwieger, Taylor Schwieger, Kelby Lemons and Greyson Schwieger all of Seattle. She was "Auntie Beanie" to her beloved nieces and nephews whom she spoke to daily. Mary Lou is preceded in death by her siblings Frank, Judy, Alice and Raymond. Her love of life and God, her youthful spirit, positive attitude and enthusiasm will be missed by all who knew her. She found happiness in everyday she lived. We are all the better for knowing her.

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  1. So lucky to have you as my Grandma all these years! I have learned so much about life from you. I will miss our chats and knowing you are here in LA at the house. Stay beautiful baby! I love you so much!

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Lou’s family for their tragic loss. I knew her through Raven when I stayed with him for a summer where he and Mary shared her longtime residence and duplex. She was definitely an enthusiastic, happy individual! I loved hearing her wonderful stories of her life when she was young. She was always laughing and smiling. She will be missed.

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