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Letitia Perkins Rees Wallace

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Letitia Perkins Rees Wallace Obituary
February 6, 1917 - September 24, 2015 Letitia ("Titia") passed away peacefully on September 24, 2015. Titia was born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania to Martha Perkins Jordan Rees and John Harrison Rees. On the day of her third birthday, Letitia's father died in the great flu epidemic. Her mother's brother, Henry Jordan, took the train from Los Angeles, where he had settled, and escorted Letitia to Los Angeles together with her one year old sister, Mary Elizabeth Rees (later "Mamie" Taylor), and their then twenty-five year old widowed mother. The little family decided to make their home in Los Angeles, where her mother had lived while attending USC and where Letitia's four adoring aunts and uncle had moved after attending USC. Letitia attended Miss Grace's School, John Burroughs Middle School and Los Angeles High School. She went on to USC, graduating with a major in business administration. Titia was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority at USC as her mother had been before her. Her sorority sisters formed a bridge group that met monthly for decades. Well into Titia's 70's, the Thetas finally admitted their first Pi Phi to the game. Letitia adored her large extended family with all the aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends. Each Christmas Day, the entire family would gather at the "Line Party," so named as the presents to and from the many cousins were suspended by their ribbons above the garden from a line. Generous of spirit and possessed of a depth of love and kindness, Letitia led her life with a positive, pragmatic, and practical attitude. Her "can do" spirit never wavered and is an inspiration to us. She was selfless, supportive, and used her talents to the fullest. She was a loving mother, a doting grandmother, a wonderful wife, a devoted sister, and a supportive friend to many. After she raised her children, she volunteered every Monday at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, ringing up sales in the gift shop like a pro. Her philanthropies included USC, Marlborough School, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles Letitia is survived by her beloved daughters, Martha Ann Genzmer and Maribeth Armstrong Borthwick, her son-in-law, Wm. Harold Borthwick, and her much loved grandchildren, Claire, Maile, and Will Borthwick. She is predeceased by her husband of many years, Robert S. Wallace. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Titia's memory to Good Samaritan Hospital, Fund Development Department, 1225 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90017. Please sing or whistle "Mack the Knife" for Letitia, preferably with a Manhattan straight up in hand.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5, 2015
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