Mary Cecilia Naylor passed away on Tuesday, August 17 after a prolonged illness. She leaves behind her husband, Laurence DeShields II of Seattle, WA; sister, Catherine (Katy) and brother-in-law, Greg Ostheimer of Stamford, CT; brother, Michael and sister-in-law, Victoria Naylor of San Pedro, CA; half-brother, Benny and sister-in law, Pia Martin of Stockholm, Sweden; niece, Devon; and nephews, Ian, Julian, and Desmond; stepchildren, Laurence DeShields III, MD and Christina DeShields; and step grandchildren, Jamal DeShields-Beard & Kamariah DeShields and stepfather, Augustinius (Gus) van Hoorn of San Pedro, CA. Her family and large circle of friends from LA to Tacoma will miss her smile and infectious laugh.
She was born in San Pedro, California to Estella and Geoffrey Naylor and attended Crestwood Elementary, Dodson Junior High and San Pedro High School. She received an associate degree from Harbor College and a certification in medical transcription from Bates Technical in Tacoma, WA, and an on-line certification in medical coding.
She was a warm and compassionate woman who enjoyed travel, reading, gardening, fashion, painting and music-with her tastes ranging from Alice Cooper to Puccini. She especially liked visiting her friends and family in Southern California, and her sister Katy and her family in Stamford, CT and at their apple orchard in RI. She was kind, had a wicked sense of humor, was a critical thinker yet non-judgmental, and relished in social gatherings, from a fancy dinner out to a casual beach barbeque. Burial services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of her memory to the charity of your choice
Published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Sep. 10, 2021.