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Irma M. O'Grady

Irma Moranda O'Grady was a very spirited redhead who grew up on her parent's Abbott Street dairy ranch with her three sisters, Josie, Annie & Evelyn and her brother, Henry. Her parents, Stefan and Maria Moranda, were one of the many early Swiss families in the Salinas Valley dairy business during the early decades of the last century.

She lived most of her life on a five acre plot next door to her sisters, Annie and Evelyn. That plot was what remained of the ranch after her father sold it in 1936. She continued to live there until her death Aug. 19, 2014.

After graduation from Salinas High School, Irma went to Cosmetology School. She wanted to go to Art School; however, the depression had made that dream impossible. She was a hair stylist for 50 years; first working at Barbara Worth Salon.

In 1940, she married Martin O'Grady and while their three children, David, Marilyn and Kathryn were growing, she was a devoted full-time mother. Not until her children entered school, did she continue with hairdressing.

Irma traveled to many parts of the world with her children and enjoyed shopping trips to New York City when her son lived there. Her hobbies were antiquing, bargain hunting, fashion and interior design. She was always generous with her friends, Ada, Annie, Inez and Mattie, and had them laughing too. Her great energy for new adventures and fun was contagious.

She is survived by her three children, David, Marilyn (Philippe), and Kathryn; sister, Evelyn; many nieces and nephews, and her dear friend, Clyde Smith.

Irma's motto was to live and be well, work hard, look great, laugh and have fun. Her generosity, red hair, bright green eyes and big smile will always be remembered.

Memorial services to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Vascular Cures, 555 Price Ave., Suite 180, Redwood City, CA 94063.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

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Published in The Salinas Californian on Aug. 23, 2014
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