Marie Granados

Marie Josephine Granados

1929 - 2020

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Marie Granados, born Marie Ridgley on March 15, 1929 in England, Arkansas went home to be with the Lord on April 20, 2020 due to complications related to a broken hip with family by her side. She is survived by daughter Sandra French, son-in-law Joe French, daughter Toni Villa, sisters Evelyn Richardson & Threasa Fransham, brother John, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and Tracy family. She is preceded in death by long time beloved companion Ernie DeCelles, mother Mattie Beliew, father Tom Ridgley, sister Opal Huckaba and brother Don.

Marie was a vibrant, independent, progressive thinking woman who never met a stranger. She was self taught and ahead of her time as a woman working in non-traditional jobs before beginning her 30+ year career with Hewlett Packard for which she was so proud and enjoyed immensely. 

She lived most of her life in San Jose. After retirement, she and Ernie moved to Lake of the Pines in Auburn, a golf community where she improved her golf game and even achieved the golfers’ dream of a hole-in-one. Her last ten years were spent in Santa Cruz to be near family and where she made many new friends.  She enjoyed attending functions and friendships she made through Calvary Community Church, Mid County Senior Center, the American Red Cross and Vista Prieta community.

She will be missed by family, friends and remembered as a “young” and beautiful 91 year old who was out spoken, stayed current, loved a party and was proud of the accomplishments of her family and of herself.

Thanks to Hospice of Santa Cruz for their compassionate care in her final days, especially nurse Rachel, and to Drs. Robert Clark and David Pilcher who provided amazing care and always made Marie feel special.  Thanks to the caregivers who provided care for the past 3 months. And thanks to Pastor Dave Campbell for his spiritual comfort and guidance.

Good bye for now, Mom. You were a special lady, a one of a kind.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be me made in honor of Marie Granados to the American Red Cross of the Central Coast for the Disaster Relief section where she, Sandra and Joe all volunteered.(

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