Van Mater, Majorie Payton
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Marjorie Payton Van Mater, of Pasadena, California, passed away in her home of 65 years on March 20, 2012, at 96 years of age. Her loving family was by her side as she peacefully transitioned from this world. She was born in Corona, California to
mother Florence Irene Lane, and father Ferd Olson Payton, on August 15, 1915. Marjorie graduated from Fullerton Junior College and attended UCLA.
While attending school, she accepted a position with Union Bank as a secretary. Here, she met the love of her life, Paul Emil Neuschafer. The two married May 4, 1940 and shared 39 enchanted years together. They travelled extensively throughout the world and Marjorie developed an impassioned admiration and respect for people of all cultures. Active in Pasadena society circles, Marjorie was inducted into Assistance League, Pasadena and continued as a life member.
Her recreational time was spent between outdoor activities such as skiing, tennis, swimming and gardening. Perhaps her greatest passion was tennis and as a competitive doubles tennis player, enjoyed 45 years of associations with various tennis organizations. She also enjoyed a good game of bridge and belonged to a bridge club for many years.
Marjorie met her second husband, John Paine Van Mater, at the hacienda where both of their mothers resided toward the end of their lives. Their 19 year journey began May 26, 1983 and they brought out each other's zest for life. John was a devout member of The Theosophical Society which Marjorie naturally supported. She was admitted into fellowship by The Theosophical Society in 1985.
His passing found Marjorie enjoying her 80's and 90's by appreciating the beauty in life, particularly an attractive landscape. Her yard, nurtured by her son-in law, Johnny Van Mater, Jr., gave her countless years of joy.
Marjorie was an exceptional spirit who offered all she met a kind hand, replete with unreserved respect and genuine affection for her fellow human. She inspired many to better themselves, as her model was to love and treat all as she would like. A life-long caregiver to her mother and two husbands, she served them with an unerring beauty and grace. She truly appreciated the beauty of life, and often spoke of 'how lucky' she was; but we were the lucky ones, to have known and experienced the rare, gilded soul that was Marjorie. She graced our lives with light, love, wisdom, and joy. May we all endeavor to do same in her honor.
She was survived by her niece, Marjorie Harlow; grand-niece, Celeste Harlow; grand-nephew, Vern Harlow; and great grand-niece, Kystran Harlow. She was predeceased by her beloved mother Florence Lane, 1982; father Ferd Payton, 1930; spouses Paul Neuschafer, 1979; John Van Mater 2002; brother Herbert Payton, 1979; and grand-nephew Jodel Harlow, 2011.
In keeping with her wishes, her remains were cremated.
A celebration of her life will be held at her residence on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:00pm. Call 626-799-3992 for further information.
Marjorie would want to thank her longtime caregivers for their dedicated years of companionship. They also provided her the consistency and comfort she yearned for in these last years.
The family would like to offer their most heartfelt gratitude to Presidio Home Care. In a short period of time, they became an extension of our family. Their caregiver's excellent skills, compassion, and genuine concern for Marjorie's well-being added to her quality of life, offering laughter, song, and camaraderie in her last months.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Convalescent Aid Society will be gratefully accepted. CAS has been improving the quality of life of residents in Pasadena and its neighboring communities through the free loan of wheelchairs and other medical equipment since 1923. Convalescent Aid Society, 3255 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 (626)793-1696
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Apr. 10, 2012