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Maisie Oldenborg Barber

June 13, 1920 - April 1, 2013
Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on April 1st. She was pre-deceased by her dear husband George.
Born in Portland, OR. She moved to the Orient as an infant. The family lived there until she was 4 years old and then moved to New York City where they lived for 10 years. She moved to Santa Monica, CA in 1934 and lived there until her father, who was a great wanderer, decided they should travel the world. They spent the next two years travelling through Europe and Asia returning to Santa Monica for Maisie to finish high school. She went on to spend 2 years at Occidental College where she met George, a Caltech student, at a college weekend at Asilomar in Carmel. She also attended UCLA. They married in June 1942, one day before Maisie's 22nd birthday (she had always said she would marry when she was 21).
Maisie will be remembered for her generosity and continuous charity work with the John Tracy Clinic, Mary Magdalene House, the Fine Arts Auxiliary and The Assistance League of Southern California where she was a lifetime member.
She loved all kinds of art and so when the Getty Villa opened its doors she was one of the first docents. When the new Getty opened and the Villa closed she moved on to the new museum. She was a docent and donor at the two for more than 25 years.
In 2000 Maisie and George moved from their Pacific Palisades home of 40 years to White Sands of La Jolla, a retirement community. She was very active there until the last couple of years. She served on the resident's board, the Scholarship Fund for employees, arranged flowers weekly and of course played her favorite game, Bridge.
Maisie will be dearly missed by her daughters: Nancy Saw, Christine Caudle and Virginia Wiseman, their husbands, 3 grandchildren, 2 step-grandsons, and 4 great grandsons, as well as countless friends whose lives she touched.
A memorial has been scheduled for June 15 at 2 PM at White Sands of La Jolla.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2013
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