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Giff, Lillian  
A LOVE TRIBUTE TO MY STRONG MOM, LILLIAN GIFF Lillian was born on October 11, 1920, in Millinocket, Maine. As early as age seven, she arose at 4am to help her grandfather open the metal gates across the Penobscot River releasing the logs downstream to the Great Northern Paper Company. Mom learned to hunt at an early age as well. They killed large animals, hung them in the attic where they quickly froze. The deer, elk and caribou would sustain the family through the winter. It didn't take many gate openings and venison hangings for Lillian to research future careers which would take her out of Millinocket. It became clear in 1934, a woman could become a teacher, a nurse or a secretary . Mom discovered The Sisters of Mercy offered a no tuition three year nursing program, however, the entrance requirements were stringent: a 3.5- 4.0 from high school, sports participation and work experience. Lillian graduated from Stears High school as valedictorian and a 4.0. She played basketball and was the high scorer in the state of Maine in her senior year. Mom fulfilled her work requirement at the town hardware store, frequently walking there through the proverbial three miles of snow. After completing her three year affiliate based nursing program (top of the class) Mom and five other RNs moved in together. They work nights at the swanky Doctor's Hospital on Long Island. After work the group frequently rode the subway to Times Square. They saw morning live performances of Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller and others. During this time Mom found that L.A.-USC "big county" was recruiting RNs at the highest pay rate in the country. Four of the nurses took off for L.A. (swimming pools and movie stars) to give it a try. After settling into their hospital dorm rooms they explored their new workplace. They were overwhelmed by the enormity of the facility and the type of patients. This was no Doctor's Hospital! After the contracted year's commitment all the nurses went elsewhere. Lillian next worked for obstetric specialist, Dr. Peterfie, obstetrician to the stars, and did private duty nursing as well. She worked for many well known celebrities. One famous Oscar winning actress had a pair of gold-plated bandage scissors made for Mom with thanks for her service. At this time, Mom met my father on a blind date, became engaged and married in 1947. In 1949, Lillian gave birth to a beautiful and brilliant baby girl. In 1951, John and Lillian left their L.A. friends and moved to the boonies to a place named Torrance. To finance his own General Contractors business, John went to work for Bectle builders in Saudi Arabia and was gone for 18 months. Lillian carried on and worked at the Old Torrance Memorial Hospital driving down the dirt road of Sepulveda, without a driver's license, to drop her daughter at nursery school. When my father returned, Mom worked for a three doctor OB/Gyn practice in Redondo Beach. In 1962, Mom with other RNs and docs opened the doors of Little Company of Mary Hospital for the first time. Lillian Giff, RN began in the 4 bed recovery room and worked there for many years. She was then chosen to open the two bed outpatient surgery unit. The hospital and Lillian saw this new type of patient unit grow from two beds to the existing thirteen beds. Throughout her 36 years at LCM Lillian served as clinical instructor for both El Camino and Harbor College nursing students. Besides the 40 hour work week, Mom worked fund raisers and the activities of Mary Potter. Her loyalty to the hospital was unequaled. After retiring at age seventy-eight, she waited one year and then returned as a volunteer until age ninety-three. Lillian Margaret Whelton Giff passed away February 8th in Valley Springs, CA, with her daughter holding her hand. She died of natural causes after a bad fall on Thanksgiving 2014. Per her request there was no Funeral Service or Memorial and she was buried at Green Hills (the new plot with the better ocean view) on February 19, 2015. Her daughter, son-in-law and Pastor Glenn, were at the gravesite .She is survived by her daughter, Vicki, and her son-in-law, Wayne Maddock of Valley Springs. Because her career was so important to her, her head stone shall read, "Lillian M. Giff, loving wife, mother and nurse." Please sign the guest book at . MY MOM, A GREAT TRIBUTE TO THE BEST GENERATION
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Galic, Ante  
Ante Galic Ante Galic, passed away March 20, 2015, during his 68 years, his life was guided by generosity, friendship, and humor. He was born on November 21, 1946, in Islam Latinska, County of Zadar, Croatia. Ante is survived by his beloved wife Liljana, stepson Denis, Silvija, and loving grandson Mateo Blazevic. He leaves behind other loving family members, Neno, Sanja, and Ivana Mladenovic, Ante and Neda Rogulic, and Leo Stancic. There will be a memorial service at St. Anthony Croatian Church, 712 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA on March 28 at 3:00 p.m. Please do not send or bring flowers. Please sign the guestbook at .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 25, 2015
Giacona, Mary  
Mary Ann Giacona Mary Ann Giacona 75, of Torrance, CA passed peacefully on March 16, 2015 surrounded by family. Born in Malvern, AR. She was the oldest daughter of the late Edith Grace and James Benjamin. Mary Ann was full of energy and quick witted. She loved with her heart always and forever. Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Peter; sons, Tony and Eddie; granddaughters, Evelyn and Isabella; sister, Martha; nieces and a nephew. Viewing is Wednesday, March 25th from 4-8pm at AM Gamby Mortuary, 25001 Narbonne Ave. Lomita, CA 90717. Funeral Service will take place the following day Thursday, March 26th 1:00pm at Gamby followed by burial at Green Hills Memorial Park in Palos Verdes, CA. Please sign the guest book at .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 24, 2015
Gray, John  
In Loving Memory of John Howard Gray John, the son of Howard and Norma Gray, was born February 13, 1930 in Los Angeles, California and passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Torrance, California with his family by his side. John was employed at Garrett AiResearch for 41 years, working his way up to program manager when he retired. He was preceded in death by one of his sons, John Lee Gray in 1986. John is survived by Lorraine, his devoted wife of 22 years; his four sons, Jerry (Marita) Gray, Joe Gonzales, Robert (Luane) Gonzales and James Gonzales; four grandchildren, David, Duane (Katie), Gina and Andrew; three great-grandchildren, Kyle, Riley and Morgan, other relatives and friends. The Memorial Service for Mr. Gray will be held on Thursday, March 26th at 1:00 PM in the Green Hills Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. Interment will immediately follow the service. Please sign the guestbook at and
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Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 24, 2015
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