Nora
Nora Lee Humting (O'Sullivan), 84, passed away at her home in Redondo Beach, California on January 31, 2011. She left this world with the same unbelievable courage and humor that she displayed in life, especially during her last few months. An optimist to the end, when asked how she was, she would reply, "I'm still here." Nora was born and raised in Redondo Beach. Her family owned the land that now is the site of Redondo High School's athletic fields. She attended St. James Catholic School, Redondo High and El Camino College. Nora served on Redondo's alumni association and reunion committees for several years until her death. One of her greatest pleasures was being able to grant scholarship money, on behalf of alumni, to deserving students. Even though the scholarships weren't large, she always said "Every little bit helps." Her love of Redondo Beach continued throughout her life. She served for 11 years on the Redondo Beach Historical Commission and 3 years on the Board of Casa de los Amigos, which provides low cost housing to seniors. For many years she volunteered her house as a precinct-polling place as well as volunteering to serve on the election board. She worked as a crossing guard for the Redondo Beach Police Department, and later retired from the Purchasing Department of the Torrance Unified School District. Never idle, she served as the Wedding Coordinator for St. James Church for 17 years. One of Nora's favorite activities was volunteering at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Nora proudly did that that for 18 years and only stopped when she was no longer able. She lovingly crocheted hundreds of baby booties and gave them out to the expectant mothers as she conducted the Expectant Parents' Tour at the hospital. Nora's volunteer activities didn't stop there. She served as President of Bishop Montgomery's Mother's Club, St. James Council of Women and Our Lady of Victory Court at St. James Catholic Church. Nora also loved to help plan the activities for the St. James Catholic Golden Age Club. She was given a sweatshirt that read "Activities Director Extraordinaire." Nora met her husband, Nick, at Columbia Steel. The day she first saw him, she came home and told her sister, "I just met the man I'm going to marry." They were happily married for 54 years until his passing in 2006. Nora is survived by her two daughters, Mary & Joan, her son-in-laws, Bill and Chris and her 5 grandchildren: Jaclyn, Jeffrey, Erin, Casey and Chelsea. Her brother Michael O'Sullivan as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will sorely miss her. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the Rosary being celebrated at 7:00 pm. The Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

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  1. Nora welcomed us into her home many times over the years when we visited from Minnesota. Her warm greetings made us comfortable and loved. There are memories of watching fireworks over the ocean from her back porch, playing card games with everyone sitting in a cirle on the living room floor, and even lessons in the kitchen for making Irish Soda bread. Aunt Nora, thanks for all the smiles and hugs. You will forever be in our hearts. Sincere sympathy to Mary and Joan from our family to yours.

  2. I’ve lost my buddy, my confidant and soul mate and heaven is lucky to have her. Nora, thanks for the wonderful memories of playing jacks, cream puffs in the face, the Gene Pitney album, roses for my graduation, rides at Disneyland, Easter Egg hunts, conversations and just being there for me. I shall miss you my friend and when I think of you it will be with a twinkle in my eye and a smile. My heart goes out to Mary T, Joanie and their familes. May time be gentle on your heart. Love, Mary Jo and Bruce Jasper Lakeville, Mn

  3. To Joan, Mary and your entire family; I wish to extend my sincere sympathy. Nora was such a wonderful woman, so loved and respected in the community by her many friends. I will never forget the beautiful note she sent me following the passing of my own mother in 2006. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may God bless you all during this difficult time. sincerely, don held

  4. Our prayers and sorrow go out to everyone in Nora’s family and her many close friends. She gave so much to evryone she ever met. Pat’s first boss at the City of Redondo was Nick and that was over 40 years ago. They were a class act. Nora will be truly missed. God Bless you Nora. Pat and Linda Aust

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