June 16, 1927 - September 9, 2021
In 1947 at the age of 20, she came from her native land Costa Rica to explore on vacation the United States. She beamed with excitement about what a trip it would be to see the USA. That vacation ended on September 9, 2021.
Her childhood sweetheart, whom she had known since the age of 5, followed her to Los Angeles months after he realized she had no intention of returning. They married in 1950 at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he had become a United States Army corporal serving during the Korean War.
Soon after, their first child was born through an intense and life-threatening birth wherein all 90 pounds of her body gave as much as humanly possible. After her husband's honorable discharge, they found their way back on the west coast. After the birth of her second child in 1956, they purchased their first home on 67th St. in what was then called South Central Los Angeles. In 1965 they moved to Culver City. She decided to enter the workforce as an assembly line supervisor at Avnet Corporation, where she worked for 10 years. Her talent to be respected and loved simultaneously saw her climb the corporate ladder faster than she had ever anticipated. Everyone loved the 4'10" 95-pound Latin lady.
Starting in 1981 she and her second son successfully ran a Courier/Messenger company for over 20 years. She again was adored by nearly 500 employees and thousands of customers throughout the companies' existence. She loved every minute she worked with all of them-college kids to retirees.
In 2006 she became a grandmother and admonished the nurse who suggested she go home and come back when the birth was more anticipated. She said I have waited 50 years for this, and I am staying right here. Chloe Fournier was the true love of her life. There was no living soul who could bring more happiness to her than her beautiful granddaughter. On her deathbed, Chloe was the one who could make her beam like her anticipated trip to America.
On a fluke in 1977, she and her husband jokingly offered a low bid on a home in Manhattan Beach. She passed away peacefully in that home surrounded by her loving health care workers Lanora, Helen, and family. It was her wish to do so.
Maria Fournier is survived by her husband Carlos, surviving son Stewart, daughter-in-law Randi and granddaughter Chloe.
Published by The Beach Reporter on Sep. 30, 2021.