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Betty Anne Marquez
(Mama Honey)

Our mother, grandmother, aunt and friend passed on to heaven peacefully at her home in San Pedro, CA on December 11, 2011. Betty was born on May 19, 1942 in San Bernardino, CA. She was the youngest of six children born to Lucio and Katherine Galarza. Raised in the Del Rosa area, Betty graduated from Pacific High School and while in college, she met her soul mate, Rev. Leonard Marquez. After a whirlwind romance they were married in the summer of 1961. Betty was a devoted Christian and preacher's wife. They briefly settled in Douglas, AZ where God blessed them with their first of four children. Betty and Leonard moved to San Pedro in 1963 where she started out as a homemaker. As her children grew, Betty followed them through the school years volunteering her time at Cabrillo Avenue School, Park Western School and ultimately becoming a noon aide at Bandini Street School. Betty took a job with the News-Pilot in the early 70's where she became a surrogate mother to countless numbers of newspaper "boys" who she often referred to as "her boys". Betty was also employed at Harbor Christian Center's Happy Harbor Preschool and Pacific Junior High School in Wilmington, CA while continuing to work for the newspaper, she worked her way up in the company as it evolved into the Daily Breeze and eventually retired from the customer service department after 25 years of dedicated service. Betty touched many lives with her warm smile, kind words, generosity, compassion and her cookies. Our mom maintained her sense of humor all the way until the end. Her wonderful words of advice and quick wit will be missed by all who came to know and love her. Betty had many interests, first and foremost, her family, cooking, baking, sewing, dollmaking, reading and gardening. Her rose garden always bloomed with the most beautiful flowers. In 1991, Betty was afflicted by kidney failure and was placed on dialysis on Christmas Eve, 1992. Her daughter, Liz, gave her a kidney in a life saving transplant at Cedars-Sinai 18 years ago which allowed Betty to witness the birth of 9 more grandchildren giving her a total of "11 grandbabies": Taylor Bravo, Justin and Jordan Marquez, Karly and Evan Quinton, Madison, Jaden and Aaron Hallet, and Joseph, Blake and Paige Marquez. Betty would sometimes say about her grandbabies, "I have eleven and one is in heaven". Her angel, Paige, went to heaven in 2005 at the age of four and was no doubt at heaven's gate along with her "Big Papa" waiting to greet her "Nani" with open arms. We are forever grateful to the Daily Breeze for having the courage to keep mom employed with excellent medical benefits which allowed her to thrive. She loved her job!
After the passing of her soul mate in 2010, Betty found herself afflicted again by a new ailment, a broken heart. While she tried to find happiness here on earth, no medication could repair the hurt. In the end, she spent 3 months hospitalized while doctors tried to mend her. We brought mom home on December 8, 2011 with the help of Loving Care Hospice. She succumbed to her afflictions on December 11, 2011 at 11:00 am surrounded by her family and friends. She joined her husband, Leonard, the love her life, the only person who could mend her broken heart.
Betty is survived by her children, Samuel (Lisa), Debbie Marquez-Quinton (Allen), Tim (Cheryl) and Liz Hallet (Billy); her sisters, Mary Lemos (Tony) of Colton, CA; Lillian King of Cherry Valley, CA; and Lupe Galarza-Deharo of Riverside, CA; her brother, Henry Galarza of Colton, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Frank Galarza of San Bernardino, CA. Our family was blessed to have Aunt Mary in our lives. She always took care of our mom (her baby sister) and loves us as her own. We are also thankful to the Ibarra Family, Manuel, Olivia and children, who became our neighbors and extended family in 1975. Thank you to Val Ibarra, RN for being the family nurse 24/7 when our parents became ill. We know you loved them like your own. We also want to thank Dr. Stuart Winkler for helping mom maintain her kidney for as long as she did. Special thanks from the bottom of our hearts to Dr. Robert McClung of Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA for spending four hours of his own time helping us get our mom home.
Dr. McClung, you were our very own "angel" in the end.

God blessed us by making you our Mama. We love you so much and are so heartbroken that you are gone. We will miss you forever and keep your legacy alive by putting our family first just as you taught us. It's time for you to rest, Mama, sleep with the angels until we meet again.

An evening service will be held on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm at McNerney's Mortuary Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Green Hills Chapel followed by interment at Green Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Friday from 4-7pm at


Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2011
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