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April 7 in her hometown of Alameda, just six days before her 96th birthday.

Born on April 13, 1919, to Dr. Tura Merrill Aldous and Jessie Spafford Aldous in Nitro W.Va., Marge was raised in Tooele, Utah where she graduated from high school before moving on to a degree at the University of Utah in 1940. She was always known for her striking beauty that earned her the title of Miss Tooele County and U Day Homecoming Queen at the University of Utah.

Marge met her future husband, Ted McBride, on a blind date in Tooele. They were married on December 30, 1943, just days before he was shipped overseas to pilot a B-24 Squadron in World War II.

After the war, the couple lived briefly in San Francisco while Ted finished dental school. In 1950 they relocated in Alameda, where Ted set up a practice and Marge handled the homemaking chores of raising four children. She was a very active member of society in the East Bay, serving as president of many organizations including the Alameda Dental Auxiliary, Alameda Garden Club, Alameda Book Club, and the Alameda Tea Club. Marge was also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, which she joined while studying at the University of Utah.

She is survived by her children, Penny McGinness of Greer, S.C., Paul McBride of Carlsbad, Calif., Julie Dean of Sparks, Nev., Kevin McBride of Davis and a brother, Dean Aldous of Tooele. Marjorie also leaves her 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She always remembered their birthdays and never forgot to send a card or make a phone call.

Marge lived a long and healthy life. She took great care of herself as demonstrated by her daily swims, rain or shine, until she was well into her 80s. She never lost her trim figure and beautiful features, looking like a retired movie star in her later years. Marge was an avid gardener her entire life and earned accolades for the Japanese garden that she cultivated at her St. Charles Street home in Alameda.

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at noon on Saturday, April 18, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Encinal Avenue at Grand Street in Alameda.

A private burial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 20, in Grantsville, Utah, where she will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Edward H. McBride.

In lieu of flowers a donation in Marge’s memory may be made to a local charity of your choice.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services

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George Raymond "Ray" Blom, long time resident of Alameda, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 11, 2015.

He was a loving son to the late Charles George Blom and Mabel Carlberg Blom; adoring husband to the late Lois Mills Blom; beloved father of Ed Blom of San Lorenzo, Karen Blom-Boswell of Alameda and Jim Blom of Alameda; adoring grandfather to Christopher, Wesley and Ryan Boswell, Chelsea and Melanie Blom, and Matthew Blom; adoring father-in-law to Wally Boswell and Stacy Blom; and loving uncle to Roger Gellenbeck, Diane Williams and Cheryl Daly.

Ray was a graduate of Alameda High School, class of 1940. He attended San Francisco State and Cal State Hayward, with a Masters degree in Education. He retired from Oakland public schools after 25 years of service.

He was a master Mason in Masonic Lodge, Island City Chapter. He was a member of the musicians union and a member of the original San Francisco 49ers marching band.

Ray loved music and especially the Big Band era. He was very active in orchestrating Dad’s Club Band and Father’s Follies while his kids attended Alameda schools. He was a 49er faithful and loved watching them play a winning game.

He was a member of the Mastic Senior Center and enjoyed playing bridge and pinochle and was very competitive at it. He enjoyed playing crazy 8’s with his family and especially Pam Williams, whom he adored. He enjoyed his grandchildren and sharing stories of his growing up years in Alameda.

The family would like to thank the staff at South Shore Convalescent Hospital for their kindness and help he received, especially Maxine and Rose.

Donations in Ray’s honor may be made to the Mastick Senior Center or Girls Inc.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services

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Born and raised in North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow), N.Y. on July 9, 1930, Donald passed away on March 30, 2015, at the age of 84.

Donald attended schools in North Tarrytown, graduating from high school in 1946 where he was voted "class wit." He then went to Geneseo State Teachers College where he played baseball. Upon his graduation he played semi-pro baseball for a bit.

In 1952 he joined the United States Army. He was in the Army until 1954 then proceeded to earn a master’s degree in teaching in 1955. He taught school in New York but tired of the cold and decided to move to California.

It was in California, at Porter School in Alameda, that Don met, fell in love with and married fellow teacher, Gladys Thompson.

In addition to teaching, Donald was a gag writer and cartoonist. He had gags appear in the Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker and Playboy to name a few.

He was predeceased by Gladys, his wife of 52 years. He is survived by his daughter, Jayne (Michael) Hopkins, granddaughters Taylor and Shelby Hopkins, grandson David Hopkins, brother Victor Rizzi Jr. as well as a niece, nephews, cousins, "adopted" family members and close friends.

Burial will be at Sand Hill Lutheran Church in Climax, Minn.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services

greermortuary.com 865-3755

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