Mary Marshall Harper passed away on Tuesday October 15, 2013. She was born in Whittier, California. Her parents were Robert Marshall, a longtime member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Redondo Beach and Mattie Nell Marshall, a teacher and assistant principal in Redondo Beach for many years.
Mary went to school in Redondo Beach and graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1950. She attended Colorado Women's College, University California Santa Barbara, and California State University Long Beach where she received her teaching credential and degree in Education.
She married her high school sweetheart David Harper in June 1956. Mary and David welcomed the birth of their daughter Rebecca in 1961 and their daughter Hilary in 1967.
Mary was a teacher for Redondo Beach School District for 38 years. She was an inspirational teacher who was patient and encouraging with all of her students. Mary loved her students and they loved her!
Mary's world centered on her family; husband David, daughters, and their spouses and grandchildren. She could quickly produce a picture or recall an achievement or memory of any of them at any time. Her compassion for life and people was exceptional.
Mary was a devout Christian. She was raised in the church and had the strength of her faith. Her relationship with God was evident in how she lived her life. Mary always had a kind word for others and was friendly to everyone she met. She brought out the best in people and made people smile.
She is in the arms of her Savior together with her parents, her brother Robert Marshall, and countless relatives and friends that loved and preceded her. Mary leaves behind her loving husband of 57 years David, daughter Becky Wade and son in law Cameron Wade, daughter Hilary Pollard and son in law Tom Pollard, grandchildren Gillian Wade, Emily Wade, David Pollard, Ryan Pollard, sister in law Beth Marshall, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at St Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: St Francis Scholarship Fund, Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, the Children's Home Society, or to the American Lung Association.
St. Francis Scholarship Fund
2200 Via Rosa
Palos Verdes Estates, Ca. 90274
Episcopal Relief & Development Fund
815 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Children's Home Society of California
Attn: Development Dept.
1300 W. Fourth St.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90017
American Lung Association
424 Pendleton Way
Oakland, Ca. 94621