Margery Jean (Maggs) Abinanti passed away in La Jolla on March 31, 2013. Born in Fresno, CA, on January 29, 1922, Margery was the eldest of three daughters born to Dr. Fredrick and Ethel (Eckstrom) Maggs. Growing up in Stockton, CA, her mother taught her to play the piano beautifully, which she enjoyed over her lifetime. She also played the oboe in the Stockton symphony.|
She attended the College of Pacific then transferred to UC Berkeley where she graduated in 1946 as a bacteriologist. Margery worked at research laboratories in Santa Barbara and Berkeley, where she met her husband, Francis R Abinanti. Margery and Francis were married in Palo Alto on June 10, 1950.
In 1953 Francis was invited to Cambridge University in England to study for his Ph.D. Francis, Margery, son Lawson and daughter Andrea enjoyed the experience of living in England and traveling in Europe. We still cherish the letters Margery wrote to her mother and sisters during those years. The family returned to the U.S. and settled in Bethesda, Maryland. Son Michael joined the family and Margery and Francis lived there with their three children until Francis was transferred to Scripps in La Jolla in 1970. In the 1980's Margery returned to work in the City of San Diego's Health Department. With their children grown, Margery and Francis moved in the early 1990's to Pullman, WA, where Francis worked as a Professor in the Veterinary Department at Washington State University.
After retiring, they returned to their beloved home in La Jolla, overlooking the ocean and enjoying their beautiful garden. She remained in La Jolla until her passing.
Margery had wonderful adventures traveling much of the world with family and her cherished friends, and was active in the La Jolla community, volunteering at the Athenaeum and acting as a docent for the Birch Aquarium.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis, and her sister, Dorothy Brodsky. Margery is survived by her three children, Lawson of Bellevue, WA, Andrea of Kathmandu, Nepal, and Michael of Seattle, WA; grandson, Mark of Bellevue, WA; sister, Eleanor (Bob) Pound of Walnut Creek, CA; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Margery was a true humanitarian, exemplified by her generous support of many charitable organizations throughout the world, and her loving and caring spirit. She had a beautiful smile that lit up any room she entered. We will miss her, but she will always be in our hearts.
A celebration of Margery's life will be held in the garden of her home on June 15, 2013.
Published in La Jolla Light on May 16, 2013