Cetha Walkington Ericson
August 20, 1951 - November 20, 2018
Cetha Walkington Ericson was born in Palos Verdes, California on August 20, 1951 to parents Virginia Parsons and Marine Corps Major Floyd Duke Walkington. On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at the age of 67, she passed away while holding hands with her loving husband of 38 years.
Cetha graduated from Palos Verdes High School. She spent her first three college years at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and completed her final college year at the University of Madrid, Spain, where she earned her bachelor's degree. She thereafter received her MBA, and had a successful career at TRW and Hughes Aircraft. She met her husband, Dan, at Hughes Aircraft, and the two were married in 1980. Together, Cetha and Dan raised one son, Sten Ericson (Katrin), and one daughter, Kirstin Ericson Ellis (Matthew) in their family home in Hermosa Beach. Cetha was a devoted, loving, and remarkably fun grandmother to her three grandsons, Jan Rhodes Ericson (6), Andersson John Ellis (4), and Sebastian Michael Ericson (4), and to her one granddaughter named after her, Anaise Cetha Ellis (1).
As a lifelong resident of the South Bay, Cetha met some of her dearest friends through her active participation in community groups and clubs. She was a school parent at American Martyrs School, a dedicated parishioner of American Martyrs Church, a valued member of the charitable Neptunian Club of Manhattan Beach, and a member of the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Cetha also spent over fourteen years as a volunteer reader to intellectually and developmentally disabled adults at the Arc Foundation in Hermosa Beach.
Cetha was known for her ageless beauty, generosity, grace, and strength. She was a strikingly beautiful woman, who also had an amazingly down to earth personality and a wickedly quick wit. Cetha was happiest surrounded by her family, and most of all by her grandchildren.
Cetha had a deep love of the ocean, and in particular, a well-known passion for seashells. She and Dan spent as many evenings as they could either watching the sunset together, or beachcombing for seashells on the beach. There is a fitting quote that reads, "Seashells remind us that every passing life leaves something beautiful behind." (Unknown) Cetha understood her family and friends would miss her tremendously, but she wished for us all to celebrate her many blessings and the beauty she leaves behind in her legacy and in her most treasured accomplishments, her children and grandchildren.
A MEMORIAL CELEBRATION OF CETHA'S LIFE WILL BE HELD
ON DECEMBER 5, 2018 AT 10 A.M. AT AMERICAN MARTYRS CHURCH.
624 15TH STREET, MANHATTAN BEACH, CA 90266.
CETHA HAS REQUESTED THAT CANCER RECEIVE NO CREDIT FOR HER WONDERFUL LIFE, AND CERTAINLY NOT FOR HER UNTIMELY PASSING. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING DONATIONS IN HER HONOR TO THE ARC FOUNDATION IN HERMOSA BEACH. TO DO SO, YOU MAY SEND CHECKS PAYABLE TO THE ARC SOUTH BAY AT 1735 W. ROSECRANS AVE. GARDENA, CA 90249 OR CALL (310) 532-6333 TO MAKE A DONATION USING A CREDIT CARD. HTTP://WWW.ARCSOBAY.ORG