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 310-375-4617 Episcopal Relief & Development Fund 815 Second Ave. New York, NY 10017 1-855-312-4325 Children's Home Society of California Attn: Development Dept. 1300 W. Fourth St. Los Angeles, Ca. 90017 213-240-5900 American Lung Association 424 Pendleton Way Oakland, Ca. 94621 800-lungusa

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  1. We love you mom and know you’re in Jesus’ arms now. We will be with you one day praising God for eternity.
    All our love,
    Becky and Cam

  2. Rest in Peace Mary Harper. You will always be remembered and loved as my favorite teacher in 4th grade at Tulita School in 1957.. Then I went on to have your mother, another favorite teacher, at Hillcrest in 8th grade. It was wonderful to see her at the race at Redondo Union High School, all dressed in red to show her school spirit. Love and prayers for your family now that you are together with your parents, brother and friends in heaven.

  3. I have known Mary since 1973 when I started working with Dave. Hillary was the flower girl in my wedding in 1974 and Becky babysat my son Scott. I loved running into her in South Redondo Beach and will forever keep her in my memory. She was a wonderful person, a great teacher and an amazing mother and wife. My heart goes out to Dave, Becky, Hillary and their families.

  4. Dave. I Was so sorry to read of Mary’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this most difficult time.

  5. As your hearts are full of grief and pain, I hope that your family will draw comfort from the promise from God found at John 5:28, 29. Here we are assured of a wonderful promise that soon our loved ones will be resurrected back to life on a paradise earth. Please find much comfort in this promise and may God prove to be your true source for strength and hope during this most difficult time. For more information on the hope for those we have lost in death go to

  6. Dear Dave, Becky and Hillary, Bobbie and Beth and all the families…. I am writing this with tears and sorrow, Mary was a gift to all and a delight to know….She will be missed by all but now resides with God and we will see her again one day. My prayers go out to all of you and may you find peace in Gods comfort. My love to all and whish I’d called while in La Jolla this past summer…….Love Aunt Jean

  7. Dear Aunt Mary, Thank you for all the wonderful memories from my childhood at the horse park, Grandma and Granddad’s, holidays, and your home with my parents, Marilyn and George, sister Donna, Uncle David, Becky and Hillary. Much love to all, Diane, Andy, Collin & Ryland

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