Theresa Gertrude (Sallot) Shoemaker was born on April 6, 1920, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and passed peacefully on February 24, 2020 at her home of 72 years in El Segundo, CA. Her father Hubert was of French, and mother Gertrude of German, ancestry. In 1924, her parents, sister and brother drove for a few weeks, with all their belongings in a Chalmers sedan, to reside in Riverside, CA. In 1939, "Gert" went to the Riverside Fox theater for a double feature, the second showing was a surprise preview of "Gone with the Wind". She later became a UCLA Bruin when Westwood was a village, and lived at Hershey Hall where room and board was $45 a month with maid service - three "sit down" meals were served daily in the Dining Room. She graduated in 1943 and returned home to teach at an elementary school. At a nearby USO Club during WWII, she was smitten by Andrew Jefferson Shoemaker Jr., a U.S. Navy Officer who served in the South Pacific. They married in 1945, spent a couple years in Charleston, SC, and in 1948 purchased a lot on Richmond Street, pitched a tent to live in, and self-built their house while "Andy" attended Loyola University. Three sons and a daughter were raised there (their first child Cynthia died three weeks after birth). Her love for animals at one time included a menagerie of pets - a dog, chicken, rabbit, tortoise, parakeet and rat; a dog LuLu, and cat Slinky, kept her company until the end. She was a very talented seamstress and made many shirts, ties, pants and dresses for her family. In the early 1960's she taught at St. Anthony's, in the 1970's she worked as an Optometrist Technician, and in the 1980's managed the Slipt Stitch yarn shop – both on Main Street. She enjoyed the beach, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, backpacking, hiking, camping, traveling, bicycling, was a keen bridge player, and did crossword puzzles daily her whole adult life. She was a very good cook who always maintained a balanced diet, including a love of wine and sweets. She outlived her husband, and all siblings and cousins, but is survived by her four children – Greg, Tim, Teresa and Mark, three daughters-in-law – Marcia, Phyllis and Kathy, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren - all who loved, and will miss, her very much. Charitable donations can be made in her name to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. RIP
Published in The Beach Reporter on Mar. 6, 2020.