Tara McCollough, a 13 year resident of Hermosa Beach, passed away on Monday, January 1st, 2007, in Hermosa Beach. Born in Glendale, California, Tara was 28 days short of her 21st birthday when she died. Tara was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Redondo Beach. She graduated from Redondo Shores High School in June 2004, and then attended El Camino Community College. Tara was an extremely artistic and creative person, however, changed her major from Art and Fashion Design to Psychology and Mathematics. Tara was a "mother" to her cat, Lennon, a mighty Chihuahua, Minnie, a rescued Greyhound named GG, and her rat, Frances. Tara was passionate about her art, mathematics, designing and sewing the majority of her clothes, all Holidays especially Halloween, her priceless, stunning vintage wardrobe, and Rock & Roll! She is survived by Mother, Mari Hudson of Hermosa Beach, CA, father, Mike McCollough of Hawthorne, CA, and her Brother, Elliott Schontzler of Culver City, CA. A gathering of family and friends will be held at White and Day Manhattan Beach Chapel on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 from 4 - 8 pm. The Service will also be held at White and Day Manhattan Beach on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.

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  1. Mari & Family: I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. While I have no children of my own, I can imagine the pain and grief you feel. There are no words to express my feelings of sympathy for you and your family. God Bless. Peggy Scruggs

  2. Tara – an old soul with a great heart. It was a privilege to know her. My deepest condolences, Mari, Mike and all who loved this most precious and unique personality. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Please accept our heartfelt prayers as we know she is in a place of no pain. We have watched her grow from a small child to a young woman and these are the memories that will make us smile each day of our lives.

  4. Mari and Mike, we just heard about the loss of Tara, and we are so so sorry! We all remember her so well, her smile and her artistic abilities and her individuality – in fact we remember she was voted most unique girl in her 8th grade graduation class. Please know you are in our thoughts and have our deepest sympathy. Betsy, Ce and Jenness

  5. I am the daughter of Vicki Sparks and knew Tara as a little girl when I would come home from Colorado. I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds as if she grew into a very interesting and cool individual. My thoughts are with Tara and those who loved her.

  6. Tara was one of my bestfriends since the 6th grade. I spent more time with her than any other friend I’ve had. She showed me a part of life that I didn’t know could exsist. She showed me what it meant to be free spirited and not caring about other’s negative opinions. I can honestly say that Tara and Mari made me a part of there family and for that I am honored! I will miss u Tay and I can’t wait till I get to see your beautiful smile again! i luv u Mary Jane! BFF! LOve- Mia aka- Lagger

  7. I know how much you loved her and that your lost without her. Keep thinking of the many wonderful times you spent together and you will know she will always be a part of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Call me anytime you need to talk to somebody that cares about you. JJ

  8. I went to riviera acadamy and really didn’t get along with too many of the people there until one girl came up and made friends with me. Who else but the energetic, never afraid to say whats on her mind, girl that so abruptly was takin from us. She was always fun to be around and never had a dull moment. I was thinking of tara and found out because i brought her up in conversation yesterday. I want to send my regards because i wasn’t able to make the service, and hope through stength and love everyone can get through this as painless as possible. And to Tara my thoughts will be with you allways.

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