Carmel ~ Maryanna Haskins, 81 years old, died peacefully in the company of her children on March 14, 2014. She was born in Hollywood, CA to Sam Haskins Jr. and Mary Stimson Haskins. A brother, Sam, followed two years later. The family moved from Pasadena to Sierra Madre in 1939 and lived there until 1956. Maryanna went to Sierra Madre School through the 8th grade and then to high school at Anoakia. She attended Mt. Vernon Jr. College and graduated from USC with a degree in education in 1954. Maryanna met Gene Otsea at USC and married him in 1955. Maryanna taught kindergarten in Seaside, CA when Gene was stationed at Fort Ord. Their four children, Mary Jo, Karen, Peter and Erik were born between 1956 and 1960. The family lived in Fullerton, CA from 1959 until they moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 1966 where the children all attended the International School of Geneva until each graduated from high school. Maryanna and Gene were divorced in 1978 and Maryanna moved back to California to live in San Francisco. Maryanna helped out a friend, Bill West, with his new and, at the time, very small Zuni Cafe. She went on to become the daytime hostess there in the 1980s as the restaurant expanded and blossomed into one of San Francisco's most popular dining spots, as it still is today. Maryanna also volunteered for the San Francisco Aids Foundation and worked primarily with the Aids Hot Line. She received a merit award for her work and dedication to the foundation at a celebration where she was honored. This ceremony was attended by many of her close friends and family. Maryanna lived in various places in San Francisco, including North Beach and Potrero Hill. She moved from Potrero Hill in 2002 to Carmel, where many of her extended family live. While unfailingly generous, Maryanna was a shark at the hearts table. She perfected emincé de veau and believed no t-bone should escape ungnawed. Her family will miss her sorely when they gather in Cayucos for the 36th summer. Maryanna leaves her four children, six grandchildren, and brother. A private family celebration will take place later this year. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the San Francisco Aids Foundation, 1035 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 18, 2014