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Marguerite S. Elder


1916 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Marguerite S. Elder Obituary
August 16, 1916 - December 30, 2016 Marguerite Lucille Safford Szendrey Elder's life spanned just over a century. It was filled with a plethora of people and places, nearly all clearly recalled by her sharp mind, even to her last day. With roots traced back to 1638 in Ipswich, MA, the daughter of Robert and Thea Safford, Marguerite was born in Spokane, WA. She spent her childhood in Los Angeles, CA. In 1937, Marguerite married Edward J. Szendrey of Williamsport, PA. She and Ed had two children, Patricia and Edward Jr. Tragically, after 7 years of marriage, Ed perished aboard the USS Seawolf near the end of WWII. She immediately returned to school at USC, where she earned her BA in International Relations. She later met and married Fred T. Elder in 1948. Together they shared a bounty of adventures for over 52 years. With Fred, Marguerite had four sons, Richard, James, Ronald and Thomas. Amidst the chaos that comes from raising 6 children, Marguerite obtained a Master's degree in Education from Chapman University. Marguerite was an active member at West Anaheim Methodist Church for over fifty years and nationally with Church Women United, where she served as President of the West Coast chapter from 1999-2000. Marguerite leaves six children, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She lived her life to the fullest and truly left a legacy of kindness, warmth and love to all. A Memorial service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery Church in Cypress, CA on Thursday, January 12 at 11:30. The family requests that donations be made in her name to: Church Women United, 475 Riverside Dr., Suite 243, New York, NY 10115.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8, 2017
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