Marian L. "Sally" Rendell
1935 - 2021
BORN
1935
DIED
2021
It is with heavy hearts and Angelic optimism, that Marian "Sally" L. Rendell passed peacefully in Northern Inyo Hospital, Bishop, California on her 86th birthday, August 24, 2021 to be reunited with her deceased husband "Jack" E. Rendell of 41 years.
Sally was the second of four children of Wesley G. and Mary Matilda Cordes in Hastings, Michigan.
In 1940 Wesley at the age of 34 enlisted in the Navy just before World War II broke out and the family relocated to a trailer park in Carson, California, as he was stationed in San Diego. Shortly they moved into their new home in Waltiera, a suburb of Torrance, California, where she attended grade and high school with her now three brothers: John, Jim, and the youngest Michael.
She was an A and B student in her general education, while dabbling in speech, typing, journalism, and working in the Torrance High School office for credits. She also studied cartooning, animation, drama, senior english and creative writing. She took night school stenography, calligraphy and stain glass.
After graduating high school she met her first husband Thomas O'Neil Sr., an oil field worker at a family picnic and they married. After a brief six month stay in an upstairs apartment, they purchased a new home in Torrance after their first of four children. She was an accountant at the office of Broadway stores. Always a Mother first, having three more children and always working. She worked for West Virginia's pulp and paper in Torrance as a bookkeeper, and Skyytronics Aircraft Supply company in El Segundo.
In 1970 she left Skyytronics to work for an aerospace company Sargent Industries. In 1971 her marriage with Thomas was over and they separated and divorced without controversy, remaining in the home with her four children and allowing visitation.
Soon she informed her children that she was invited on a date by one of the engineers Ewen "Jack" Rendell at Sargent industries and in short time that developed into a serious relationship (to say the least) where wedding bells started to ring. Jack had been married twice before with two children from the first marriage and one from the second. Because of company policies regarding employee marriage, Sally relocated her employment to South Bay Union high school District in Redondo Beach over seeing payroll. Sally sold her house and they purchased a new house in Torrance and were married there.
After their new found love they also found they both loved antiques and started collecting, and opened an antique store in Redondo Beach. Soon they moved it to Lomita, CA. During this time someone in Sally's office nominated her for district employee of the year. She won, and that placed her for the county of Los Angeles employee of the year, and she won again which sent her to the state level. And in 1980 she became the state of California's School Employee of the Year.
It was time for another move so in 1983 they sold their Torrance home and moved to the Owens Valley California resort of Keough Hot Springs, where Jack's mother Katherine lived.
They bought a truck and trailer and took off on back to back six months tours of the United States Collecting antiques and sending them to Bishop.
Jack now retired, opened the antique store in Bishop California and Sally went to work for the Bishop Unified School District as head of payroll for the High and Elementary schools.
After a couple years in Keough Hot Springs, a commercial/residential lot on HWY. 395 in Big Pine California with a 1910 Victorian house and large lot became available. They purchased and moved to Big Pine. The inseparable couple took short trips all over visiting their siblings and grand and great grandkids while bringing antiques back to their store. In 2000, Sally retired and her and Jack spent their time loving one another and family, until Jack's passing in 2013.
Sally is survived by her four children, Thomas, Jason, Jimmy and Kathy O'Neil, her step- children Nancy Alameddine and Jack Rendell. 8 grandchildren and 12, great-grandchildren, and 2 nieces Annett Hurley and Sherry Cordes.
Published by Inyo Register on Oct. 2, 2021.
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