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Of all the qualities I loved in Mary Beth, the one shining truth that keeps coming to mind is her complete acceptance of those around her. When I talk to our mutual friends, someone always says, “I never heard her say a negative word about anyone.” She set the bar pretty high for the rest of us.
Mary Beth was a wonderful delightful person. Caring, thoughtful, sweet, and funny. She will be missed. She was loved by many. Here’s a little poem to her I found:
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
To her family, I know how very hard this is. Hang in there, that’s what she would want for you. Because that’s what she was like.
I loved Marybeth’s wonderful sense of humor. Many times we would go have coffee with the group and her stories were entertaining and fun. Marybeth was kind and caring as well. Both of us had so much fun together at the Davis superbowl party last February. I miss Marybeth and yet I know I will see her again. I loved her practical down to earth feedback. I miss you very much!
MB and her family have been so much a part of my life and the lives of my two sons it is hard to believe that we won’t have those weekly phone calls any more. Neither 60 years nor 12,000 miles have been able to keep us from laughing at our troubles and supporting each other during the hard times. At the end of each phone call, our last words to each other were “I love you, lady.” Well, one more time – I love you, lady.
Two weeks before MB’s death, many of our our classmates and sorority sisters from Occidental College gathered at my home in Newport Beach. Since MB had not been feeling well, she missed the reunion so I called her the next week to give her a synopsis about all who attended. We had a great talk. She was in a giggly mood and we laughed a lot.
At college, we called her the “minister’s wayward daughter. She was a pro at getting into mischief. Many winter weekends were spent at the home on Fremontia, where three of us made it our quarters when we left Oxy for a weekend of local skiing.
During my call to her I said, “MB, have you stopped smoking those cigarettes yet?” and she told me that she hadn’t, but she was going out that very day to purchase one of those electric cigarettes. I wonder if she did it.
To her boys…She loved you so much and that was very clear. I can’t imagine what you have been through. There are no words to comfort you because it was all so unnecessary. The Mary Beth we all knew would have just handed the car keys over…she would have told them to help themselves to whatever they wanted…this is heartbreaking.
At least we can draw comfort that she had returned to her Christian roots, and she is in loving hands now.
God Bless you Dear Friend.
Thinking of Mary Beth, I think of laughing. It is what she did.
Never did I expect to become a member of such an unlikely friendship. It is truly remarkable how we find the people we find that become our people. She was one of my people. We maintained a relationship after I moved from the area, and our group of friends still gathers regularly, do what we do: we laugh. And Mary Beth would say something I loved to hear her say, and she said it often: “Oh, John…that’s wonderful!”
I’m so thankful I got to know Mary Beth when I did, and that she was a part of my life the way she was. And I hers. She taught me so much about simple things in life, and how life is exactly how she put it – wonderful.
I miss you, my dear friend. But I sense you’re wherever you are now loving your people, and laughing. It’s what you do. Rest easy, dear friend.
My sympathies to your family.
Mary Beth was not just my P.E.O. sister, she was my friend….we shared some good times, but we also shared personal struggles as single women. She understood how hard it is going through life alone. I loved her as a sister, and am devastated at how she lost her life. Yet it can’t affect my memories of her……her laugh, her smile. I was always after her to stop smoking, and she took it well. She helped so many people; she leaves a huge void. I miss her, even though I hadn’t seen her in a while. God bless and keep you, my friend.
MaryBeth my friend. KIND, funny and loyale. MaryBeth would be there for you day or night in time of need. The world lost a very kind, kind soul. Our loss is heaven’s gain.
Your mother was a beautiful lady with a passion for living. Her kindness and generosity to my brother Curtis, and I will always be remembered. She was our mother’s friend, and you two were ours. We will never forget the many times were spend at Chantry Flats having picnics and fun. We remember your mom best as always being so loving and that smile of hers that could melt all your worries away. We are deeply saddened by her tragic death and your family is in our prayers.
MB: I first met you when I was a gawky kid. I thought you were pretty, funny and really cool! You had the courage to allow me to be part of your beautiful wedding. As time went by, my opinion didn’t change. When the time came, you were part of my wedding. A lot happened over the years – some good, some not so good, but we stayed in contact through it all – I hope I was able to help you just a little because you helped me – through tears and laughter. You were my sister-in-law and as I got older, you were my friend as well. Please know that you will be in my heart and we’ll talk and probably laugh and cry, but you’ll always be with me. My love to you forever -’til we meet again.
PS: Please give Dad a big hug and kiss for me.
I would like to express my condolences on the sad and unnessary way you lost your loved one. Her name is so familiar. Did she attend Woodrow Wilson Elementary as a child, San Bernardino H.S? I lived in the 2700 block of Valencia and I read that she lived on Fremontia.
Mary Beth and I worked together at San G. What a wonderful co-worker and friend. She was so gracious, concerned, and kind. I always loved talking to her and see a spark in her that so few people have.
My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends stunned by the passing of such a Wonderful Person.
God Bless Everyone who were blessed to have known and loved Mary Beth.
I was always inspired by Mary Beth’s positive attitude that reflected her loving and kind disposition toward other people. Her smile was contagious and brought out the best of us while working together at San Gorgonio High School. The community lost a dear member, friend, mother, sister, and grandmother, and we, at San Gorgonio lost lost a wonderful person and co-worker.
I had decided to clear and delete my old emails, for they had piled up in my work inbox for several weeks. Several weeks ago, one came from Mary Beth. I stared and stared the email for so long, because this was sent by Mary Beth before we had lost her. That’s when it hit me. Reality had sunk in. She’s gone.
Mary Beth was loved, and had co-workers that cared for her. I send my deepest condolences to the family.
I still haven’t deleted the email. I just want to remember her.
Mary Beth was a grand lady and will be missed dearly.
Mary Beth was someone that I am honored to have met “along the way”.
During the years I “played” vice principal, on Fridays, at San G, she was often my secretary. No matter how angry a student was, one look at Mary Beth, and they clamed down immediately. Kids just couldn’t be rude to Mary Beth.
I saw her just a few days before her death. She complimented me on my hair. She always complimented me on my hair. I loved that.
I will miss our short conversations and her smile. Mary Beth was truely one of the good ones.
Mary Beth’s death leaves holes in so many places. She will be missed greatly. She was, as everyone has noted, warm, caring, generous of spirit, and fun. It took a while for me to realize that she really was as positive about everything as she appeared. She was the genuine article.
I will miss her, but I know that the people to whom she was really close are going to take some time to recover from this loss. This loss was made all the more difficult by the way she died.
My most sincere condolences to her sons and her closest friends.
Marybeth always made my day when I came in. Each morning began with a bow and curtsy to the copier to ensure it was properly respected before the day began. We could always sneak in a little joke and then a “see you” at the end of the day. The best part was watching others react because they weren’t in on the party. I said these words when I lost my father. “Our life here is but a stepping stone along the way to a better place. We will all soon follow on the path. We must not hurry while we are here for we fashion the lives of others. But also remember we cannot tarry too long for our friends and family of old await and they too miss us. I am looking forward to seeing you again in that better place.” The same goes for Marybeth.
I had the privilege to have known Mary Beth….She was the most kind, considerate, and upbeat person that I have ever known…..When I was sick and going through chemo she would bring me home from work if I happened to get sick at work and sometimes she would come to my house to check on me….Mary Beth is the person that would help me by making me smile and have the positive attitude that I needed to get through my chemo days……I really miss you and your smile….
I loved the description of Mary Beth at the memorial — “Class with sass.” Another word that comes to mind is ebullience.
You lighted my path, Mary Beth. Always looking for the good in other people. Your ability to extend unconditional love to others lives on in our hearts and souls. I am so grateful that our paths crossed.
I just happened to see the news tonight and they had a clip about Mary Beth. I had no idea this had happened. I went to San Gorgonio High School… she was the sweetest woman. She brought light into everyday. I loved talking to her and sharing smiles and laughter. I am so saddened by her passing and my deepest regrets go out to her friends and family.
Unfortunately I didn’t hear about her death until the arrest of her assailant. Her death leaves a hole in my heart for the manner in which she died. My deepest regrets go out to her family and other friends. I feel very blessed to call her my friend for 10 years. I enjoyed our trips out to eat, nice talks we shared, and our mutual love of our lord. I am so thankful that I met such a beautiful, sweet woman with an infectious smile. Mary Beth sure knew how to light up a room.
I had the pleasure to meet Marry beth by the pool when i was living with my father in houston i was 17 and fixing to be a seinor in high school we both became instant freinds she was so easy to talk to she always made my day better she was just a lovely person and always so full of life,she made you feel like you were special always laughing and just being such a delight to be around. Well i figured since she was single i would introduce her to my dad, i barley got the inroduction out of the way,when they was already talking about going out , it was a love affair that lasted till he and she pasted on, i miss her verry much i am almost 50 now and i miss her just as much as my dad , i dont think about one without thinking of the other ,i truly do believe they were soul mates .
I loved her very much and she will always be thought of as family,she was such a delight to be around and always great to be around. She will alway be missed and i feel so blessed just to have known her.
You will be missed and we all love you so much … .. Jerry todd sr
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