She was the child of James Hunter Chandler and Julia Stone. Her sisters Louise Turner (Claude) and Marguerite Lewis (David) preceded her in death, as did her first husband, Eric Charles Twist, and second husband, Frank Edward Winnburg.
She was born in Nanton, Alberta, Canada, on the family farm and moved to Southern California when she was 10. However, she lived most of her life in Northern California, moving there after the death of her first husband. She met her second husband at Sequoia High School where they were both teachers.
She will be remembered fondly by many former students at Sequoia and Woodside high schools, where she taught for many years before retiring. She leaves her daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Twist Fry (Jeryl); three grandchildren, Jay Fry (Grete), Oscar Fry (Jackie) and Bruce Fry (Lora); and seven great grandchildren, Margaret and Jerylin (Jay and Grete), Regan, Kyle and Luke (Oscar and Jackie), and Mohrgan and Julia (Bruce and Lora).
She received her education at Chapman University and Occidental College and received her master's degree from Stanford University. She was a loyal Stanford alumna and always enjoyed going to the football games, especially the Big Game, since her daughter was a Cal graduate.
She enjoyed volunteering and spent many years as a volunteer at Allied Arts Guild. She also took up painting and sculpting in her later years and her works remain as an ongoing memorial to her.
Special thanks to her devoted and beloved caregivers, Margaret Chinappa and Josephina Baratang, and the staff of Odyssey Healthcare. Donations in her memory can be sent to Lucille Packard Stanford Children's Hospital, 400 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301; or to another charity. Services will be private. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cusimanocolonial.com.
Maria Elida, 101, died Dec. 18 surrounded by her family.
She was born in Tumbes, Peru, on Nov. 19, 1911, and immigrated to California in 1978 with her husband Luis Melchor Yanez to join her son Luis and his wife Gina of Los Altos Hills. She lived in Palo Alto for 33 years and is survived by six of her seven children, Guillermo, Rosa America, Maria Luisa, Luis, Betsy and Maria Teresa; 20 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.
She spent the first 16 years of her life in Ecuador with her grandmother Jesus. Upon her grandmother's death, she joined her parents in Callao, Peru, where at the age of 14 she studied math and science in the vocational school and earned a vocational teaching degree. At the age of 20, she married Luis Melchor Yanez Ladron de Guevara and had seven children. After 67 years of marriage, her husband's death separated them.
She left children, extended family, friends and the residents of Lytton Gardens, where she lived for 33 years. A mass was held Dec. 22.
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