Notes from a loving daughter . . . Mom embraced her spirituality with child-like wonder . . . always believing, never doubting Gods love for her. Mom was always laughing and hugging. She LOVED to dance, enjoy a glass of wine and sing. She was a Steelers fan. She enjoyed long hours soaking in the tub and talking on the phone to her friends and family. She loved coffee, salads, frozen yogurt, ice-cream and shopping for a bargain! She lit up the room when she entered and was always missed when she left. She did not ever say an unkind word about anyone! She loved her family and would enjoy preparing family meals and playing with the dogs and children present at the get-together. All birthdays required balloons and a cake to be properly celebrated! Mom worked hard all of her life, first as a counter-girl making ice-cream sodas, next as a receptionist for the phone company, then in traveling sales for Revlon and lastly, as a store manager for a large grocery chain. Mom rarely got angry . . . she was just "disappointed" . . . and you would only know it by her look. She never ever raised her voice or used profanity. Mom had a passion for teaching yoga, often working with new yoga students and recovering stroke patients. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and grandmother and very recently held her great grandson in her arms. She loved the beach, walking daily in the sand or along the Hermosa Beach bike trail, greeting people and animals with a big smile. Mom traveled extensively with her husband, Mike, and cherished sharing the many once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences with friends and the man she loved. Mom never knew a stranger, only people she hadn't met . . . yet. Our world has truly lost a shining star.

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  1. Aunt Mary Lou you brought laughter and so much joy into my life, and a lifetime of memories! What I’m going to miss the most is our talks, and sharing our lifes. Thank you for always loving me in the good and the bad times of my life!

  2. We are sorry to hear of your great loss, although I never got to meet her, I know she must have been a wonderful person. Our condolence to all of you from all of us. Mike and Sharon (Walker) Cooper

  3. Aunt Mary Lou, You are an amazing woman! You have brought such happiness and wonderment to so many people’s lives. You loved unconditionally and fully. You are my inspiration. We love you and will see you later. Brandy, Eddie, Bryce and Mateo

  4. Thank you Mary Lou, for the few years that we shared. I admired your great personality and kindness, you were a great friend. Thank for the laughter we shared, you are unforgettable. God bless you.

  5. MaryLou, Thanks for being a part of our lives. We will never forget your warm smile. Rest in peace dear friend. Earnest & Rita Higgins

  6. Mary Lou, Thanks for being a part of my life. I will really miss you. Enjoyed the time we spent together so much fun. Rest in Peace. Earnest Higgins

  7. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. May God give you comfort and peace during this sensitive time. May He surround you with His Angels and bring smiles to your faces as you remember what a wonderful person she was and how she touched your hearts.

  8. We have lost one of the all time best people to walk the face of this earth. Mary Lou had an incedible gift of making the people who came in contact with her feel incredibly special. She had the rare ability to make everyone around her smile. She was one of the most inspirational people I have ever had the privilage of knowing. I will forever cherish all the times we had together and the memories we shared. Mary Lou had a zest for life that few possess and I am honored to have called her a friend. My heart goes out to Mike, her family and all who loved Mary lou.

  9. Mary Lou, We will always remember the fun times we had with you as a member of our extended family. When you were around, it was always a celebration. You were always smiling; upbeat; spiritual – just beautiful. We will miss you. Shirley and Ted

  10. My husband Harold and I have only known Mary Lou & Mike a few years, but consider both of them dear friends. We have been fortunate to have traveled to many exotic places with them and we have some great memories of those trips and a few pictures as well. Mary Lou never met a stranger and if she was in a foreign land, it did not bother her to talk to someone who had no idea what she was saying. But with her great smile and laughter, they always seemed happy to make her acquaintance. She will be sorrowfully missed, but God must have needed her for Yoga lessons in heaven. All our best to Mike and Mary Lou’s family in their hour of grief. She will be fondly remembered.

  11. Aunt Mary Lou, I did not know you for very long but just as I have heard so many times I never thought of you as a stranger and you never treated me like one. When we meet for the first time it felt as though we had always known each other. Kindred spirits is what I call it, what a blessing you were to me right from the start. I have never in all my life met anyone like you. You were so full of life, happiness, so positive, worried about others being concerned about you when you were the one going through so much. Unmistakably the light of God shone in your eyes. I will truly miss you. Thank you for loving me and accepting me so well. In Christ, Cheryl

  12. I will miss that beautiful smile as she enters a room. I will miss the hugs, the long talks, the support, the unconditional love. Steeler game moments and Victory’s! Knowing Mary Lou “Mama Lou” has been such a blessing in my life. She was a rare seed and I will miss her much. but i also rejoice because I know she is resting in our fathers arms. My prayers lifted on high for Mike and the family.

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