Theodora May Townsend began her eternal life on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 after recording volumes in the hearts of family and friends. As the pages turn in her book of life, we find that her story began on September 30, 1913 when she was born in Los Angeles, California to Theodore and Winona Liebe. She spent all the chapters of her life there. She didn’t like her name and almost never admitted to anything other than Theo, and that is how all her friends know her. She began the second chapter of her life when she met Herman Townsend and married him on March 21, 1941 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two of them loved the desert and spent as much time as they could in the dry, sandy confines of any desert they could reach. They became rockhounds and enjoyed this hobby until their deaths. When they had two daughters, Bonnie and Judy, Theo spent all of her time raising them and making sure they had everything they needed to grow into responsible adults. She always took great pride in their small accomplishments. During this time, Theo was a member of the Pocahontas Club and enjoyed her rare times free of the responsibilities of her family. The next chapter of her life began when Herman left her to enjoy eternity where she has now joined him. She spent those retirement years as a volunteer at Little Co. of Mary Hospital and as a member of Eastern Star, and she traveled as often as the opportunity presented itself. She also enjoyed jewelry making, knitting and sewing. Almost no one could hold a candle to her when it came to sewing. Genealogy was another of her passions. Theo’s final chapter was blessedly short. After taking a fall in December of 2005, she declined rapidly. Now she is enjoying her final reward. She leaves to grieve for her two daughters and a son-in-law: Bonnie Ortgiesen, Judy Livings and Judy’s husband Jim. She had two grandsons, Brian and Michael Ortgiesen, and four great-grandchildren: Brianna, Michael, Tyler and Jacob Ortgiesen. She also has several cousins and many nieces and nephews. Theo was a member of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Manhattan Beach, CA, where she was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Services will be held Tuesday, June 6 at 5:00pm at Cornerstone Church, 320 N. Redondo Ave, Manhattan Beach. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Fund.

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  1. Theo was a dear person. I met her through my grandma, Verda Smith. We were active in Eastern Star together so we saw Theo many times at the various chapter functions. My Grandma passed away a year and a half ago and I was forced to move, so unfortunately I didn’t learn of Theo’s passing till now. Our condolences to her family.

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