May 1921 - February 12, 2021 Marie D. Magdaleno passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Friday, February 12. Marie was born May 8, 1921 in Pocatello, Idaho to Lucy and Elias Tapia Sr. She was the eldest of five siblings. After Marie's family moved to California she attended George Washington High School in Los Angeles and later Pepperdine University where she studied accounting. Marie joined the Women's Army Corps (WACS) in 1943 and served for one year. Marie represented the importance of women during wartime, pride in country, and working hard for a common goal. Marie pursued a 30+ year career with the Southern California Gas Company as supervisor for accounting. She also worked seasonally for H&R Block for 25 years. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion and served a term as Los Angeles County Commander. Marie was a warm and generous person and was a caretaker of all: family, friends, and neighbors. She openly practiced "love thy neighbor as you love thy self". She attended American Martyrs Parish in Manhattan Beach. Marie spoke up for her beliefs, and taught her children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and great- great- grandchildren to act with conviction, loyalty, and poise. Marie was preceded in death by her loving husband Manuel of 48 years, her parents and siblings. She is survived by her children Andrea Hartzler, Timothy Magdaleno, and Lisa Henry, and her grandchildren Kate, Michael, Joshua, Daniel and Sarah, in addition to many great- and great- great- grandchildren. Douglas Family Mortuary El Segundo
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Feb. 25, 2021.