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MacLEOD, MARQUITA MILES ELIZABETH July 15, 1918 to January 23, 2013 Marquita MacLeod, 94, came to San Diego as a young child, having been born in Toronto, Canada. Her late father, David Robert MacLeod, was a film director for the Grossmont Studio, which at that time, was located near the site of current Grossmont High School. Her late mother, Ada MacLeod McGrew, was a well-known local artist. Marquita was a graduate of San Diego High School, Class of 1938. During World War II, she was active in the war productions that occurred at General Dynamics. She also was a volunteer at the YMCA and remembers walking from the Y downtown to Mission Hills with her sister and their respective dates when they had missed the last trolley to Mission Hills. Marquita trained as a dental assistant and worked in the dental offices of Dr. Hoteling, Dr. Lennart Carlson and Dr. James B. Munce for over sixty years. During her sixty years as a Dental Assistant, she served the local San Diego Chapter in many official capacities. She served as the President of the San Diego Dental Assistants on three separate occasions: 1944-45, 1960-61 and a third term in 1973-74. In the 1960s, she was the national president of the Dental Assistants Association. Further, she attended various national conventions and loved going to each of them, especially when the convention was held in her favorite city, New Orleans. She was considered by her dental assistant colleagues to be very loyal to her profession. She enjoyed attending professional growth opportunities and had a great collection of dental pins that fascinated her young niece. In the late 1980s, Dr. Carlson and she were acknowledged for having the longest working relationship of a dentist and dental assistant. They were recognized for having worked together for over fifty years and she worked with him until his death. Upon his death, she retired from her life-long profession. For numerous decades, Marquita was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego and she sang alto in the choir for over forty years. She enjoyed the opportunity to share her talents in the choir and was always ready to travel for concerts, including to Europe. She also was the Choir Historian and was always present at choir events with her camera. She enjoyed preparing the scrapbooks, too. Marquita collected kitty and cat figurines and had a vast stamp collection dating back to her teen years. She loved purple clothes and turquoise jewelry. She was proud of her Scottish and Irish background and attending Highland games when she could, proudly decked out in the MacLeod tartan. Marquita died on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Paradise Valley Hospital. Her family would like to thank the staff at Brighton Place, San Diego, who made her comfortable for the past three years. She was a loving daughter, sister to Arline, aunt to Melinda, and sister-in-law to George. She is survived by her brother-in-law George A. Blade, and her niece, Dr. Melinda K. Blade. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 2, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Chapel on 4th Avenue between Date and Elm. Donations may be sent to the American Dental Assistants Association Foundation at 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730, Chicago, IL 60601 in her name.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 2, 2013
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