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Martha Elder

Martha Elder, a longtime resident of Torrance passed away on Friday, January 20, 2012 in the arms of her loving husband of 54 years, surrounded by her family and friends. Martha was born in Mixtlan, Mexico on December 29, 1934. She migrated to the US as a teenager. She became a citizen as a young lady. She met and married her husband and raised her son and daughter. Then, she worked as a manicurist in several salons and also manicured her friends in her home. Martha loved to paint and has a house full of her paintings. She loved gardening; never saw a plant she didn't like. For the past two years, she has been wheelchair bound, unable to paint and garden. She crocheted afghans to donate to the Veterans Hospitals. She is a longtime member of the Nativity Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America. Martha was a life member of the Ladies Auxillary VFW Post 1622. She was very patriotic and loved meeting her friends at the annual reunions of 5th Regimental Combat Team and the 24th Infantry Division Associations until she was unable to fly. But never missed attending the mini reunion of the 24th ID in Laughlin, Nevada where she could go by car. She always enjoyed Sunday morning breakfasts at the VFW or Torrance Elks with her friends. Everyone who knew her, loved her. She was the spark that lit up the room; she will always be remembered. Martha is survived by her husband, F. Curtis Elder; son, Gary Elder; daughter, Lisa Tallman; three grandchildren, Michael, Amanda and Luie Tallman. She is also survived by nine siblings; and many nieces and nephews. The viewing will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 5pm to 9pm at Green Hills Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 9:30am at Nativity Catholic Church, 1447 Engracia Ave. in Torrance on Monday, January 30, 2012 with interment to follow at Green Hills Park. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the .
Published in Daily Breeze from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28, 2012
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