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Gwen (Moore) Mackerras

Posted 2017-11-12 by Judy Wight Branson
The Daily Courier, Prescott, Arizona
Sunday, November 12, 2017, page 6a

Gwen Mackerras, 99, passed away on November 4, 2017. She was born on
August 11, 1918, to Ed and Winifred Moore, in Little River, Kan. She
is survived by her daughter, Laurie Tetreault (Don) and son, Scott
(Laura).

Her husband, Max, proceeded her in death in 1998.

She moved to Pasadena, Calif., in 1945 to live with her sister,
Madaline, who was attending the Pasadena Playhouse. Through
Madaline’s husband she met her beloved Maxwell after he returned
from military service during WWII. They married in 1946, had two
children and built a close family.

Gwen had a fun and successful career as a children’s librarian in
Monrovia until her retirement in 1979. Her eight-foot Big Bird was
the talk of the town. The children loved her and she was a
consummate story teller. She and Max had a wonderful marriage, full
of friends, dancing and laughter. They traveled all over the world
with their close knit church group, the “Silly Six”, during
retirement.

Their daughter, Laurie, married Don and had a son, Eric. Their son,
Scott, married Laura and had two children, Sharon and Jim. “Mema”
and “Pepa” loved being grandparents. Gwen’s storytelling talent got
continued use at birthday parties and bedtime. She created a love
for books that has been passed down to all of her grandchildren and
(now five) great-grandchildren, with another on the way.

“Great Mema” has so enjoyed seeing another generation begin the
journey she has now finished. She has had a life that many would
envy and is now with the Lord and her beloved Max. “Well done, thy
good and faithful servant”! Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with
the final arrangements.

Information, provided by survivors.

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