Waters, Mary M., a resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away in her home in Tuesday, June 12, 2007. She is survived by her two sons, William Waters of Redondo Beach and James Waters of Pharump, Nevada; sister Arleen Grela of Eagle Rock, Ca.; daughters-in-law Carole Waters and Marti Nordskog; four grandsons, Tony and Chris Waters of Spokane WA., Darrin Waters of Edmonds WA., and Michael Waters of Redondo Beach, and 6 great grandchildren. Mary was born in Los Angeles in 1924. As a young girl she was a Meglin Kiddie dancer. During WWII she enrolled in flight school and soloed at Quartzite, AZ and worked at the Manzanar Relocation Center. She enrolled in college in the late '50's and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Library Science. Her career spanned over 20 years for the city of Orange. Her passions were genealogy, gardening, quilting, and line dancing. She always kept her Irish heritage alive by traveling back to Ireland several times over the years to visit her cousins and other relatives. The Memorial Service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel in Torrance, CA on Sunday, June 24th at 1:00 PM. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

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  1. Mary Waters led a wonderful life and has touched the hearts of everyone she has met. I am so fortunate to have been her grandson. She has always been there for me and my family and we will miss her very much. We love you Grandma!

  2. Mary Waters was an amazing woman who shared so much love for me, my family, and all who knew her. My grandmother will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her and who had their lives touched by her. She was an inspiration to me and will truly be missed. I love you Grandma.

  3. Mary was one of the most friendly people I have had the priviledge to know. I first met Mary at an aerobic dancing class in Torrance. She knew the first name of every aerobic dancing student who came on a regular basis. In later years, Mary invited me over for lunch or for tea and we would just talk for several hours, catching up on each other’s lives. She always appreciated the hand-painted tee shirts that I made for her and the photographs I would bring her. Mary especially enjoyed the wildlife photos. We’d talk about the four bluejays who visited her on a daily basis. She would leave peanuts on her railing for them. As the years went by, only one bluejay would come by and she would say that the others must have died. Recently, she told me her very special bluejay was still visiting her daily. How much he must miss her as I do and just maybe she will meet her bluejay friends in Heaven. Erma Bombeck once said: “I always had a dream that when I am asked to give an accounting of my life to a higher court, it will go like this. ‘So empty your pockets. What have you got left of your life? Any dreams that were unfulfilled? Any unused talent that we gave you when you were born that you still have left? Any unsaid compliments or bits of love that you haven’t spread around?’ And I will answer, “I’ve nothing to return. I spent everything you gave me.” That is how I will always think of you, Mary. See you in Heaven.

  4. Dear Family of Mary, I knew her thru quilting and thought she was a Lovely Lady with many good stories to share. I will indeed miss her very much. Love to you all. Sally Barnes

  5. Dear Bill and Marti, so sorry about your loss of your beloved mother and mother-in-law. Warmly, Debra

  6. Grandma Mary will be so missed, all her splendid letters never missing any details and all her amazing crafts. She did so much in her life, I always found to be an inspiration. I’ll miss her love, laugh, sense of humor and zest for life.

  7. I thank Mary for sharing her family with me (my awesome Uncle Bill!). I can see that she had so much to share and only wish I could have gotten to know her better. She was so warm with us from the moment we met her. I wish the family strength, and laughter thru your tears, in the memories you have of her.

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