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When asked if there was any person she ever disliked, after a thoughtful pause, she answered “no”. That was Eunice--loved by everyone she ever came in contact with. Born in Los Angeles to John and O’Dessa McDannald, the youngest of four children, “Babe” was preceded in her death by her brothers Francis and Lloyd McDannald and her sister O’Dessa “Sug” Taylor.
Upon graduation from Manual Arts High School, Eunice worked at various war-time jobs while awaiting the return of her high school sweetheart from the Philippines. She wrote Robert J. Rupp often and always included a stick of chewing gum; a letter writing tradition she maintained throughout her life. His letters to her always included a war bond. She married Robert on May 5, 1946.
When asked if she wanted to use the war bonds for a down payment on a house or take a lengthy cross country honeymoon, Babe, who had never been out of Southern California, chose travel. The honeymoon lasted for nearly a year. They ran out of money in Minnesota, but Bob took a job with Coca Cola that gave them the money to return to California.
After the birth of their son, Jeffrey S. Rupp, Eunice and Bob moved to Covina, California. It was there they had their daughter Roberta J. Alford. Living in post-war suburbia, Eunice was a homemaker to her family. Always the athlete, she could often be found hitting baseballs to the neighborhood kids or playing tennis at the local park. Upon Bob’s retirement from Mobil Oil, they relocated to Topock, Arizona. They enjoyed travel and their new-found friends in the desert. Bob passed away on September 1, 1988. Eunice remained in Topock until moving to The British Home in Sierra Madre, California in 2007 to be closer to her family.
Eunice passed away peacefully. She is survived by her son Jeff and his wife Susan of Pasadena, California, her daughter Roberta and her husband Sam of Mt. Shasta, California and their daughter Kimberly A. Alford, also of Mt. Shasta. She is interred at the San Gabriel Cemetery alongside her parents.
A loving mother, grandmother and friend, she will be greatly missed by all.
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- Section: BLOCK Z
- Plot: LOT 738
- Grave: GRAVE 3
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