Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rest in Peace

                                                 Jeanne Keeler McGirk  7/18/1920  - 7/16/2013

She was a glamorous globetrotter who lived a full and expansive life. A California girlhood [Glendale, Southgate, Malibu] was just the start. She  married Donald McGirk, an oil explorer for Texaco, and ventured off to farflung places. Their only son, Tim, was born in Bogota. Jeanne lived in Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Spain, Britain, Hong Kong,  and  spent her final 15 years in Santa Cruz, California, where her father Rufus had learned to ride the waves in the 1890s and one of her grandsons earned his college degree at UCSC in 2006. Warmhearted, but with a wicked sense of humor.  A real trooper.

More to trying to recall some of her catchphrases...such as 'Money, marbles, chalk'
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Jeanne was a sorority girl at University of Southern California.  She's the beauty on the far left, pictured with other pledges of Alpha Gamma Delta  c 1939 at USC

Quite a transformation from the little blonde on the right in the family photo below:
 A sandy young Jeannie, snapped at a Southern California beach, probably Malibu. She stands beside her big brother Bradley, in front of her mother, Mary and dad, Rufus.  c 1923 or 24?  Thanks to Kim Keeler Meister for scanning the old negative for us.

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