March 4, 1926-June 11, 2013
Menlo Park, California
Marjorie "Marge" Damante was alert and had her "marbles," as she would say, until June 11, 2013, after overcoming tremendous odds and serious health issues. She was a fighter, and never gave it a second thought. Her interesting and dynamic life ended quite peacefully.
Born March 4, 1926, as Marjorie Dolores Anderson, she grew up with her sister Irene (she called her her best friend) and her cousins, Jack and Anne Hickey.
She was a graduate of Jefferson High School in Daly City, and attended one year at San Francisco City College, studying interior design.
On June 29, 1948, she married Vince Damante, who became a mechanic and owner of V & J Auto Service. They spent their early years in Redwood City and began to create a family.
They built their dream house on Ridgeview Drive in Atherton and settled on Monterey Avenue in Menlo Park, where they lived for over 40 years. Some might remember Marge in her tan colored Cadillac Seville with her black dog "Mattie" hanging out the back window.
Marge and her family spent many, many weekends at their vacation spot in Pismo Beach, which was always the place where she felt most relaxed. Marge was a very sharp woman who, till the end, did expert crossword puzzles.
Every year, people waited for her homemade plum jam and her cross stitch birth announcements that she made with such care. She never forgot a birthday because she loved to make people happy.
She is survived by three daughters, Kati Damante of Pescadero, Vicki Damante of Hollywood and Susan Damante of Beverly Hills and three granddaughters with one son in law, Giavanna Whited of Hollywood, Natalie Shaw of Venice and Vinessa Shaw and Kristopher Gifford of Hollywood.
So many nieces and nephews that called her "their favorite" will miss Marge very much. If you knew her, or even if you heard about her, you definitely will never forget her. And you might even start calling her Mom (Muzzy...?)