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Evelyn A. Frey

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Evelyn A. Frey

Evelyn A. Frey, born in 1915, and a long-time resident of Manhattan Beach, died peacefully in her home on February 27. She and her first husband, Wayne Kittleson, moved to Manhattan Beach in 1938, building their home at 428 Fifth Street with help from friends and relatives. They combined sand backyards with a neighbor and established one of the first sand volleyball courts in the city where weekend pick up games were popular. The house still stands today.

She and her husband were founding members of The Badminton Club, where he served two terms as president. Evelyn was also active in many charities. In the late 1940s she collected discarded children's shoes from local families, had them repaired and sent to needy children in Europe in the post WWII years. She was the volunteer head of "Toys for Tots", a nonprofit toy lending library for children, and a member of Sandpipers, where she initiated the "Tinsel Tea", one of the organization's annual fundraising events.

Once widowed, Evelyn was married to Henry L. Frey, and relocated to Scottsdale, AZ. After several years, they returned to Manhattan Beach where Henry L. Frey died in 2003.

In recent years Evelyn served on the boards of the Manhattan Beach Conservancy, the Manhattan Beach Residents Association, the Manhattan Beach Senior Citizens Resources Committee, and was a member of the Neptunian Club Woman's Club. She spent seven years lobbying the City of Manhattan Beach and Los Angles County to build a "Pathway to the Sea" at 40th Street, which allows the physically challenged and seniors easier access to the ocean. It was opened in 2014.

Her son, Tim Kittleson of Santa Monica and a niece, Diane Loughbom of Manhattan Beach, survive her. Her daughter, Susan Kittleson, a noted casting director, died in 2006.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Mar. 7, 2018
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