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Marie A. Birdwell

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Marie A. Birdwell Obituary
Nov. 3, 1930 - May 9, 2018Marie was born in Los Angeles to Eustace Ybarra and Luz Baron who met in El Paso Texas and married in Los Angeles where both families had moved in the late 1920's.She graduated from Belmont High School in 1949 and married her high school sweetheart, William L. Birdwell in 1950. She was the mother of three sons: Glenn, Patrick and Corey.After her children reached school age, she attended Pasadena Community College and California State University, Los Angeles obtaining a BA major in Language and a minor in Music. After that, she attended USC and Cal Poly Pomona to earn a Teaching Credential.The Chino Unified School District employeed her as a bilingual elementary teacher. She retired at the age of 60 after 17 years of service.After that, she and her husband traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and Asia.After health issues prevented further travel at age 70, she volunteered service at various non-profit organizations until age 80 and then spent a subsequent seven years in a nursing home until her death due to extreme diabetes and dementia.She is survived by her husband Bill, son Corey and three granddaughters Sonja, Maria and Melissa.Services are for family only.Donations can be made to the Salvation Army or American Red Cross in her memory.Please sign the guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/pasadenastarnews.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Sept. 16, 2018
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