Laborde, Mae May 13, 1909 - January 9, 2012 Passed away in her sleep in Santa Monica the city that she loved and called home for over 80 years. Preceded in death by her husband Nicholas, daughter Shirley Miller, brother and sister-in-law Henry & Rose Shamlin and brother George Shamlin. Survived by her son-in-law and daughter-in-law George & Irene Miller; grandchildren Karen, Kraig (Tricia) and Kurt (Jewele) Miller and great grandchildren Matt & Katrina Ehrlich, Zoe & Sophie Miller & Edge, Spencer, Nick and Hudson Miller; Niece Dianne (Carl) Kassabian, Nephew George (Connie) Shamlin and their families. She is also survived by the many incredible and loving friends in her neighborhood and throughout the city. Mae was born in Fresno to Paul & Fereday Shamlian. After graduating from business college in her early 20's she came to Los Angeles. While riding the Red Car, she met her future husband Nick who worked as a conductor. Mae was active in the PTA and as a Girl Scout leader, and worked at Henshey's Department store. Later, she decided that she wanted to work for Lawrence Welk, and finally got a job offer after showing up with home baked goods every week for months. After retiring, and the death of her husband and daughter, Mae went to work for First Federal when she was in her 70's. Mae was featured in many Steve Lopez columns, and became an actress in her 90's appearing often on Talkshow with Spike Feresten. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Sunrise Santa Monica for their kindness and care in the past few years. Mae's curiosity, fun spirit and willingness to try new things endeared her to everybody. We will be celebrating her life at a service on Saturday, January 14 at 1:00 pm at Gates, Kingsley & Gates, 1925 Arizona Ave in Santa Monica. For those that wish to attend, visitation will be Friday from 4:00-8:00PM.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 12, 2012