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Mary Jane O'Toole

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Mary Jane "Jary" O'Toole

Mary Jane "Jary" O'Toole passed away at her home in Palos Verdes Estates, California on October 9, 2014 after a lengthy illness. She was born in Los Angeles, California on May 3, 1925 to Okley and Zella Fulton. Mary Jane was a lifelong resident of Southern California. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Murray O'Toole; father, Okley Fulton; mother, Zella Fulton; stepfather, Walter Bolton and brother, William Fulton. "Jary" is survived by many friends and relatives including niece, Joan Gray; nephew, Bill Fulton and cousins, Lauren Campbell, Betsy Campbell and Ward Campbell. After graduating from Dorsey High School, Mary Jane was a draftsperson for various aviation businesses. Eventually, she was employed as an interior decorator and color coordinator at North American Aviation. From a very young age, Mary Jane loved creating things and was an accomplished knitter. She decorated homes, designed jewelry and loved antiques. For a time, she owned the Windowsill Antiques Store in Redondo Beach and maintained businesses at various antique malls in the Los Angeles area. Mary Jane deeply appreciated beautiful, intricate design work. Yet, she also had an eye for the artistic potential in items that other people simply referred to as "junk." Mary Jane's favorite color was mauve and she owned a mauve 1957 Thunderbird. She and her husband, Murray were long time active members of the South Bay T-Bird Club, which met frequently at their home. Jary loved all "creatures great and small." But, she especially adored her constant companion, her little Chihuahua, Rosie. Visitation 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday, Nov. 7, Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. Graveside services 11:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 8th, San Fernando Mission Cemetery, 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills, CA. Remembrances should be made to Providence Trinitycare Hospice or any canine rescue organization. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 2, 2014
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