Nan Elizabeth Salisbury, a One-of-a-kind and Spectacular Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, passed away in her home on July 18th, 2006. She raised her 5 children in the South Bay, all of whom attended St Margaret Mary Grammar School and Bishop Montgomery High School. Nan's Catholic faith was very important to her and she was very active in the SMM parish community, including serving as President of the Altar Society and the St. Gerard Guild. After losing her husband, Leo, in 1977, she courageously went on alone to raise her two youngest daughters (ages 10 and 11) with stellar results. In addition to her 5 children, she is survived by 12 human and 2 Beagle/canine grandchildren and 1 great grandson, each of whom had a very special relationship with their "Nanma". After living almost 50 years in Torrance, she relocated in 2001 to Laguna Woods, CA. Although she liked to say she was "busy doing nothing", in reality she was busy showing up wherever her large group of family and friends needed her to be, adding excitement to the goings on! The Celebratory Mass will be held 6:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, Monday, July 24, 2006, 1900 Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, followed by a reception in the hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The American Diabetes Association.

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  1. Dear Scott, I would like to express my sincere condolences to you, Ann (who I attended grade school with) and your entire family on the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I noticed your mother’s OB on this site as I also recently experienced the loss of my mom. God Bless your mother and your family. Sincerely, don held

  2. HI, We were so sad to hear about Nan passing. She was such a great neighbor for so many years. What a terrific lady she was – so much energy,life and love. i know you will all miss her, but you have so many wonderful memories to share in years to come. My deepest condolesences to the family.

  3. I loved your Mom and Dad for so many years and for so many reasons and for so many memories: the first trip to Las Vegas, and The Olympics in Squaw Valley for example,and so many places and events that none of us could afford but were made possible through our friendship and through the infuuence of the “Terrible Two”. It was a great privilege to have shared your mother’s last day. Ironic, isn’t it to be able to remember the first day ypu met someone and the last day with such clarity over a span of more than fifty five years. I first met Nan at a St Mary’s vs Bishop Conaty basket ball game. I was behind the dreaded Sr. St. Joseph who was tsk tsking with a fellow nun over Nan’s cheer leading routine. At El Camino’ the irrepressive Nan dragged her less out-going companions hither nd yon. never noticing how shy and reluctant they were or how much she enriched their lives. Your mom once told me she never had a best friend, she said that she had a lot of them. I thank God for Nan’s presence in my lif and for her loyal friendship.The priest at your father’s funeral, said we were all aware that Leo knew how to live but we didn’t know he also knew how to die. Your mom knew how to make the graceful and memorable change to another life. She had neither fear nor doubt as to where she was going and what marvelous time was ahead. With Love, Mary Vollmer

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