June 11, 1926 ~ May 22, 2011
Mary Louise Endom (1926 to 2011)
On May 22, 2011, Mary Louise Endom, a Redondo Beach icon, passed away after a brief illness. Her last days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Mary lived in South Redondo Beach for almost 50 years. Many residents and workers in the Riviera Village will remember seeing Mary driving her bright red three wheeled electric golf cart, as she had done since the early 60â€™s. With a larger than life smile and â€˜can doâ€™ attitude Mary approached every day as a new adventure with her positive, outgoing and friendly attitude. Nothing could keep her from pushing forward as she served as an example and inspiration to so many others. Mary truly enjoyed the company of others and her home always had an open door for unannounced visits and hours of conversation. She was born on June 11, 1926 as Mary Louise Shamoon in Detroit Michigan to Louie and Lena Shamoon. Maryâ€™s family moved to California while she was still a child. She eventually married Donald Endom and they established their home in Redondo Beach. Mary raised four children and maintained her household in amazing fashion. The ocean view from her home and her wonderful garden were a reflection of her own beauty. Mary Endom is survived by two brothers , Eugene Shamoon (Annalee) and Ronnie Shamoon (Sunisa); four children, Mary Krahn (Vernon), Michael Endom, Steve Endom (Gina), and Melissa Murray (Russell); six Grandchildren, Brian Fitzgerald (Christian), Ellen Murray, Brett Murray (Danielle), Russell â€œRustyâ€ Murray (Stacey), Matthew Endom, Christopher Endom; and her great-grandchild, Allyson Krahn . Mary was also blessed with many nieces, nephews, their children, and step-grandchildren who were always dear to her heart and in her thoughts. Mary is also survived by many dear friends and neighbors who she considered and treated as family. Every one of them were so special to her, shared time with her and showed concern for her. Marilyn Lutter held a special place in Maryâ€™sâ€™ heart. She was very committed to her Catholic Faith and proud of her affiliation with St. Lawrence Martyr Church. The parish provided spiritual support to Mary at home when she was unable to attend Mass. Her faith carried Mary and provided her comfort in her final hours.
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift
Shun not the struggle - face it - it is Godâ€™s gift
Say not, â€˜The days are evil, Whoâ€™s to blame?â€™
And fold the hands and acquiesce, Oh shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely! In Godâ€™s name
It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong
How hard the battle goes, the day how long
Faint not - fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 28, 2011, 11:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 1900 South Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach, California 90277 with reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Memory of Mary Endom to her church, or to the March of Dimes 3699 Wilshire Blvd. #520 Los Angeles, California 90010.
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