Perez, Mary, a 47 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007 in Redondo Beach. Born in Oakland, CA, Mary was 67 when she died. Mary was a member of the Catholic Church and belonged to the South Bay Association of Realtors for 25 years. Mary was a volunteer at Torrance Memorial Hospital for 16 years. She enjoyed shopping, travel, decorating, and water aerobics. She is survived by her Sons, John Perez of Torrance, CA, and Mark Perez of Redondo Beach, CA, sister, Judy/Pia Kelley of Pismo Beach. Preceded in death by Mother, Laura Haynes and Father, George Tappero, Step Father Sherwood Barkdull and his surviving wife Donna Barkdull of Pismo Beach, CA. Mary is also survived by her friend Ed Deeble, her dog Chica, and cat Sasha. The memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. Inurnment will be private.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mary. We loved her very much. She was an inspiration with all that she has gone thru. We will truly miss her. John, Maggie & Nicole Grevillea Ave

  2. Mary – what a GREAT friend, lady, mother!!! You taught me SO much about life, love and happiness…to live life to THE FULLEST!!! You ARE my hero!!!

  3. Merry Mary, my beloved sister how I miss you already..It was such an honor to be your sister and share so much of your journey here on earth..You were such an inspiration to me and I am in awe of all of your accomplishments. You always carried yourself with such grace and beauty not only outwardly but from deep within your core as well. You are a treasure to us all..As I watched you birthing this death experience it opened my heart so much more as I saw your strenght, surrender, and faith and I thank you for that..I love you, love you, love you…and as we always said to each other: See Ya Later Alligator After While Crocodile See Ya Around Like A Doughnut. I’m still holding your hand my beauty and I know you are holding mine as well. Your loving sister…Pia

  4. My beautiful cousin…You have always been a part of my life. I will always remember our dancing classes as little kids, our family get togethers, being there when John and Mark were babies, our growth as adults. Our talks during some of the sad times in our lives and sharing the best times will always be in my heart. I miss you so much already. I will forever feel your love.. Jackie

  5. Mary, Your loving spirit and courage over the last months of your life were so touching. I was honored to know you through my friendship with Pia. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the days to come. Blessings Vivian

  6. As we are losing family like Cousin Mary or anyone else, it just reminds us to live each day to the fullest. I am sad that Mary has passed on, and when I saw her photo it reminded me of so many laughs and good times we had in our lives. Mary had a great sense of humor, and I will remember her for that most of all. Love, Cousin Dennis

  7. Mary, Thank you for the glorious smile you gave to me as I was leaving you, the day I came to visit! Thank you for the privilege of knowing you during your year of transition & travail. Your journey has been a mirror for me. My life has been clarified and ennobled through knowing you. May you smile upon us and counsel us from your higher perspective, as we hold your memory dear to us. God hold you close. Love & prayers, Zahir Movius

  8. I would like to send my sympathy to the Perez family in the loss of their loved one. I didn’t know her personally,but I do know the pain of losing one so close to you. I lost my beloved father and a year later my brother suddenly in a car accident. My two cousins(brothers) were killed this past summer in seperate traffic accidents,just 5 hours apart.They all were so full of life and they too loved people. We were devasted, the notes from family,friends and even those we never knew was such an encouragement to all of us. Also reading the bible brought comfort especially in Psalm 34:18 it reassures us that we are not alone more so at times like this and the wonderful example Jesus set before us in John 11:11,14-44. There he resurrected Lazarus just as he will all those in their memorial tombs. What a joy. Remember all you were taught and the experiences you shared,pass it on to those who follow you and her memory will continue on in the hearts of those who’s life she touched.I am sorry for you loss,but do remember to take care of yourselves,so you can be there for those who love you.

  9. Mary and I worked in the same real estate office, Re/Max Redondo Beach, years ago. Mary was working at Re/Max when she had a stroke. I will never forget how impressed I was with Mary’s courageous battle back to a full and happy life. Mary was always very sweet and never lost her smile and enthusiasm for life and I have (and will continue to) considered her a good example to look up to when times don’t go the way you expect or hope for. I will see you again in heaven, Mary, in the mean-time I offer my condolences to your family. Fondest regards, Julie-Ann Forney

  10. Dear John and Mark, So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Mary and I go way back to the 60’s and 70’s. We had such good times, my two kids and you boys. We lost contact somewhere along the line and I’m sure I missed so much of her love. I hope you remember me my kids are Linda and David (Bo Bo). Please E-mail me when you are able. With Love, Marie

  11. Mark & John, and Judy & Donna. I shared many fun times with Mary over the last 10 + years. Loved her laugh and her smile. Always upbeat with a great attitude about everything. I will always remember and look upon the times we spent together with a lot of happiness. I’ll miss her. James T

  12. I was one of Mary’s tenants and I always remember how sweet she was to me. Mary was a class act and a wonderful landlady. I will miss her so much. My heart goes out to her sons. God bless you, Mary. I will remember you always and forever include you in my prayers. Love always – Gina Gianelli

  13. I’m sorry for your loss, my deeply condolence. I’ve known Mary for many years while working as a Cook at Torrance Memorial Hospital. Mary was a beautiful woman and a wonderful friend of mine. I used to always help her and eat with her. I miss her already. Sincerely, Raquel Angel.

  14. We want to express our deepest sympathy for the lose of your mother. She was our friend at the water exercise class at the YMCA. We missed seen her and talking to her when she became ill. May God bless you. Olivia & Carol

  15. First let me say I don’t think you could have found a better picture showing Mary’s personality. I’ve lived next to her for at least 20 years and enjoyed her and and her good friend, Eddy. The love they both felt when little Chica got hurt, it was like Chica was there bound and it was not going to be broken. She will be missed! I am going to try to come down to rice this morning but I have a new listing and have to show it at 11am. As a real estate agent herself I’m sure she will understand if I am not physically there this day, she will always be in my heart. People pass away but we have many memories to keep the family strong and moving forward. (Jill is in Europe right now but is aware of the situation and sends her thoughts of love and life to the family. Sincerely, Bonnie Lattimer and Jill Lattimer

  16. I also enjoyed visiting with Mary while walking my dog on the block. I admire her courage. My prayers are with the family, and I am especially thinking of Eddie and Chica. I will miss her.

  17. Dearest Mark and John, You will be in our thougts and prayers. It sounds as if you had a great mother. May you find comfort in wonderful memories. Best Wishes – Tiffany Kearney & Family

  18. Remembering Mary– I didn’t know you well dear, but when I first met you at my home in Morro Bay, I fell in love with you. Your bubbly personality was infectious. I will miss our shopping spree we planned with you, me and Pia. You were the most fun person I ever shopped with. You are in my heart, dear one. I know you are with Great Source now and at peace. I Salute the Divinity in you, Kathe Kellett

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