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Marlene Halkier Grant


1931 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Marlene Halkier Grant Obituary
July 5, 1931 - March 8, 2011

Resident of Miraleste

Marlene passed away at age 79 at her home of over 50 years. She was heroic in her fight for life during her illness over the past several months. Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, Frank. She passed away on their anniversary on March 8, 2011. Born in Los Angeles on July 1931, she attended Wilson High School in Long Beach and continued her education at Woodbury College. She was a member of Alpha Iota sorority and had remained in touched with her sorority sisters through the years. Marlene continued her love of learning, teaching and guiding many students at Marymount College, retiring as professor Emeritus. Her artist talents were many, she completed many beautiful paintings for her grandchildren that they will always cherish. While raising her two children in Miraleste, she supported Frank's love of sailing and the ocean. Their memories began on their first boat, the "Star" and continued through all their years sailing to Catalina and off the coast of California. Their many life long friends enjoyed each other on Fridays at Portuguese Bend Club, a tradition that will still continue. Marlene was loved by so many, her love for others was contagious. Until her death, she always thought of others first, she created many special memories for her four grandchildren, Taylor, Heather, Karlie and Kelsie. Marlene is survived by her two children, Doug (Kelli) and Diana (Grant) James (and her husband John). On behalf of our entire family we would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Torrance Memorial Hospital and their compassionate staff at Hospice for their kind and loving care; Dr. Boontung, always the optimist; and a special thank you to the caregivers at Helping Hands for taking such good care of our mother, and to Theresa, you made her day bright. A private memorial service will be held at PBC at a later date. Marlene's ashes will be scattered at sea off the coast of Palos Verdes. Marlene would have loved to see her passion for the ocean continue on in her memory. Donations in the loving memory of Marlene can be made to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, where she was a docent. "Stand Fast" Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 12, 2011
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