Ranjana Waunema Utarid

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After living a life worth fighting for, Ranjana Waunema Utarid passed away on April 9, 2013 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California. Waunema, as she was most commonly known among other assorted nicknames and endearments, battled cancer for six years in only the way a wife, mother, daughter and sister could in order to be with her family longer and with dignity. She and her devoted husband made Huntington Beach, CA home since 1998. She is survived by her unflappable husband of 15 years, Darren Magot, sons Nathaniel and Zachary all of Huntington Beach, as well as dedicated parents Gladwyn and Meena, sister Anjana and brother Mark, all from Sonoma County. Waunema was 42, and while God took her sooner than anyone prayed or hoped, she not only touched but changed people's lives. Waunema was a beautiful, intelligent woman with smile that literally lit up a room. She had a laugh that was more contagious than anyone could suppress. She was a petite woman but a force of nature who could rally the football team to action and run a household with grace and style. Waunema had a strong moral compass and faith in God that guided her life and her relationships. She relished in all of life's bounty and pleasures, which, for the most part, meant time with Darren and her boys, her family and friends. Waunema was born to Gladwyn and Meena Utarid on October 3, 1970 at Lady Harding Hospital in New Delhi, India. She was the middle child between Anjana and younger brother Mark. On November 29, 1975, at the tender age of five, she moved with her family from India to Sebastopol, California. Her first flight on an airplane, PanAm Airlines, started her thirst for travel, geography, fun and being with family and friends in exotic locations. She began her education at Forestville Elementary School and received Citizen of the Month every year until she graduated with honors. She graduated El Molino High School class of 1988 with honors where she participated in cheerleading. At an early age, she demonstrated her skills at being a unifying force among friends and organizing people and details. She was the glue that kept friendships together beyond moves and life changes. She attended Chico State University and majored in International Relations, minored in Geography and was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. While at Chico in her Junior year she met Darren Magot. They dated seven years and married in Healdsburg in 1997. As a wife and mother, Waunema demonstrated her prowess for organizing and being a beautiful hostess and an personable engaging woman. Whether it was an impromptu gathering or for children's activities, book club, or family fun, she could always be counted on to know the latest book titles and reviews, have the most sumptuous appetizers and an exceptional talent for design and decorating. It was those talents that prompted her to open Belongings furniture business in Marina del Rey in 2001. She and Darren sold the successful business in 2008 so that she may focus more attention on her boys and combatting her illness. Waunema owned just about every board game, had an excellent memory of pop culture, and collected elephant figurines. While she relished traveling and visited many countries such as India, Canada, Mexico, Thailand and Costa Rica, Waunema was most happy with her family, including their dog Snickers, and friends, eating chips and guacamole and her mother's Indian cooking. She was an avid reader, active member of the Huntington Christian School Parent Teacher Faculty Association, enjoyed her Bunco group, book club, and coordinated countless wedding and baby showers. Waunema was loved deeply. She loved life honestly, was loyal and true and made the best of every situation. She will be missed deeply. For anyone wanting to donate in memory of Waunema Utarid-Magot. Please donate to the Memorial Fund for the purpose of providing TLC for Huntington Christian School families who may experiencing hardships due to an illness. To donate in her honor please make checks payable to HCS and write "Wuanema" on the memo line. This donation is tax deductible. Mailing address is 9700 Levee Drive Huntington Beach, CA 92646 The service will be held on April 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Forestville Methodist Church, 6550 Covey Road Forestville, CA 95436.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2013
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