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Mary Mac Gonzalez


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Mary Mac Gonzalez Obituary
March 1, 1933 - May 19, 2016 Surrounded by family and friends, Mary Mac (Short) Gonzalez passed away peacefully in her Malibu Road home on May 19, 2016. A Malibu icon for over 60 years, Mary will be missed and fondly remembered by the thousands of people whose lives she touched. Born on March 1, 1933 in Wichita, Kansas to Mac and Mae Short, the family moved to Glendale when Mary was a young girl. She attended local schools in Glendale until boarding as a student at the Westlake School for Girls, where she was elected student body president. She then went on to her beloved UCLA. It was there that she met the love of her life, Manuel ("Manny") G. Gonzalez III. Mary and Manny were married on April 25, 1953 and moved to their house on Malibu Road soon after. Malibu was Mary's true home and she and Manny raised their four children there: Manny (M.G.), Tim, Alicia, and Brian. Mary was able to watch the whales go by, stroll along the beach with her dog, and enjoy the spectacular beauty of Malibu until her final days. Mary had a full and blessed life. While others collected things (and she did that too), Mary collected friends. She collected friends from Glendale, Westlake, UCLA, Hawaii, Malibu, Junior League, Our Lady of Malibu, Tai Chi, A.A. and countless other places, along the way. Once you were a friend of Mary you could count on getting a card, usually a recycled one, for your birthday, anniversary, or any one of various holidays. She travelled the world and had been to every state in the U.S., except for one (Tennessee). She was "Green" going back to the 1950s, when she established the very first recycling center in California. She was an avid gardener, a Master in composting, and was constantly doing her part to save our planet. When the Lions Club in Malibu decided to have an annual "Malibu's Friendliest Person" award, Mary won it every year, so they just stopped having it. She was many things to many people: A daughter (Mac and Mae), a sister (Sally and Dick), a wife (her husband, Manny, passed away in a tragic accident in 1983), a mom (Manny (M.G.), Tim, Alicia, and Brian), a grandmother (Geoff, Megan, M.G., Kevin, Matt, Alonso, Grace, and Isabel), a sorority sister (Kappa Alpha Theta), a cousin, an aunt, a neighbor, a classmate, a teacher, a roommate, a hostess, a traveling companion, a sponsor, a mentor, a bridesmaid, a maid of honor, a community leader, and on and on. But, mostly, she was the most wonderful friend you could ever hope to have. She was a bright light whose beautiful spirit will live on in the legacy that she has left for all of us. Mary believed profoundly in helping others. Even into her 80s, she regularly delivered goods to homeless shelters and detention camps, visited the sick in the hospital, attended A.A. meetings on skid row and women's jails, and gave selflessly of her time in support of numerous individuals and organizations. Mary had requested that anyone wishing to make charitable donations in her memory make them to the "Mary M. Gonzalez Homeboy Industries Pathway to College Fund" at www.homeboyindustries.org or at their mailing address: Homeboy Industries, 130 W. Bruno Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. A Memorial Service to celebrate Mary's life will take place on June 9th at 4:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Malibu Church.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 21 to May 23, 2016
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