MAE NASSIF Mae Ellen Nassif, full of peace, wit and prayer, has passed into eternity on her 80th birthday Thursday February, 28, 2013 in Apple Valley. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." (Psalm 116:15). Mae was born February 28, 1933 to Lawrence and Gladys Ferguson in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Mae graduated from McKinley High School in 1950 and shortly after moved to Oakland, CA to work for General Electric. In 1952, Mae moved to Los Angeles to soon marry her first love from Cedar Rapids, Fred Nassif on September 25, 1954. While in Los Angeles, Mae worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for ABC, KCOP and Paramount Theaters. In 1959 Mae moved to Apple Valley with her husband Dr. Fred Nassif O.D. and family to start a new life. Fred was the first Optometrist in Apple Valley and after a short employment with CONTEL, Mae went to work with her husband for the next 36 years as office manager for his optometry practice. Mae was an active member in The Apple Valley Jr. Women's Club for many years. The club was very active in community service and hosted Candle-light Balls to benefit various local projects. Mae also joined the High Desert Republican Women's Federated, the Rotary Anns, and the Apple Valley Desert Players and in 1963 played a part in "The Seven Year Itch." Mae also volunteered with St. Mary Hospital Auxiliary and as a Vacation Bible School Helper. Mae firmly believed in supporting and giving back to the community she loved. During Mae and Fred's 47 years of marriage, they loved to travel and take cruises that have led them to many places around the world. However their favorite place was Lake Mojave on the Colorado River where Mae enjoyed boating, water skiing and just getting away from it all with her family and many friends. Mae also enjoyed her crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, and any detective show on TV. Mae was always thankful for her family and the health and blessings that they have. Mae is preceded into heaven by her husband, Fred of 47 years and is survived by her four children, their spouses, and eleven grandchildren; Son Scott and his wife Susan and grandchildren Chad and Brian and his wife Felicia; Son Brad and his wife Beth and grandchildren Joshua, Johanna, and Jonathan; Son Kurt and his wife Lisa and grandchildren Kyle, Kelsea, and Miranda; Daughter Tami Doran and her husband Pat and grandchildren Shelby, Travis, and Jenelle; Mae's sister Betty Emrich and husband Doug and nephew Craig and niece Jodi. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Sunday March 10th at Sunset Hills Memorial Chapel in Apple Valley with reception to follow. You may send flowers or donations can be made to the Assistance League of Victor Valley in the name of Mae Nassif. As Mae always said, "Follow Your Heart." Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary is handling the arrangements. Updated service information and a on line guest book are available at sunsethills.cc
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Published in the Daily Press from Mar. 3 to Mar. 7, 2013