December 28, 2011

Marjorie Helen Kelly 

Artist, poet, pilot and wonderful cook Marjorie Helen Kelly of Santa Paula died peacefully at home on Saturday, November 26, 2011 following a long life and a short illness.

Marjorie was born March 20, 1916 - or earlier! - in New York City to Austin H. Montgomery (nee Montegriffo) of New York and Augusta Victoria (Schwartz) Montgomery, a native of Austria. 

Marjorie and her two older brothers experienced an unusual and colorful childhood that included extensive world travel with prolonged stays in several foreign countries. 

Marjorie’s education included a stint at a private boarding school in Quebec and studies at Barnard College, New York.  

The Montgomery family moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s. By that time Marjorie had already obtained her pilot’s license; she flew a Jenny biplane for several years until - for an unknown reason - she hung up her goggles. 

Marjorie studied with sculptor Romano Romanelli and at the Phoenix Art Institute. As a ceramic artist with a studio in Hollywood, she was also a sought-after designer for major clients including several film studios. 

Although she first met Vincent A. Kelly as a teenager in New York, it wasn’t until after World War II that they reconnected. 

Following their marriage they moved to the San Fernando Valley, finally settling in Encino where they raised four children. 

Marjorie loved to entertain and her surroundings reflected her artistic talents and appreciation of elegance. The Kelly home was the scene of regular gatherings from intimate dinners to 4th of July celebrations for dozens of families.

She loved animals and throughout her life Marjorie pampered dogs, cats and for a time the Shetland ponies that she bred for show and pleasure. 

In the 1950s Marjorie was a dedicated volunteer and area Captain for the March of Dimes and she was later involved with her children in the 4-H Club. 

In the 1960s the family lived in Thousand Oaks before returning to the San Fernando Valley where Marjorie and Vincent purchased a home in Chatsworth. 

For several years Marjorie was deeply involved in real estate both in sales and as an investor.

Marjorie was an accomplished poet and lover of classical music, especially opera; her paternal grandfather was Agostino Montegriffo, who played Canio in the New York production that in 1893 introduced Pagliacci to American audiences. 

Marjorie was a culinary artist who immensely enjoyed and excelled at cooking; a serious student of nutrition she was an early proponent of healthy - but still delicious - meals.  

Above all Marjorie loved family and was loved in return by all who came in contact with her. She was devastated when Vincent, her loving husband of more than 50 years and “fashion pal” who often wore matching colors, passed in 1998. 

Marjorie moved to Santa Paula in 2009 and spent her final years happy with her surroundings, her always active mind fascinated by South Mountain, the airplanes flying into the airport, waving to the tourist train engineer and delighted with the mild weather and wonderful people. 

Aside from Marjorie’s parents and her husband Vincent, her brothers Howard Montgomery and General Austin H. Montgomery (Ret.) predeceased her.

Marjorie is survived by daughters Helen F. (Christopher Sternal) Kelly of Los Angles, M.J. Peggy Kelly of Santa Paula and Victoria A. (Pablo Garcia) Kelly of Santa Paula and son Vincent A. (Gale Regan) Kelly of Northridge; adored grandchildren Robert Klosterman, Sean (Laura Lee) Klosterman, Jennifer (Thomas) Wineman and Sabrina Kelly; great-grandchildren Amber Grace Wineman and Isaac Klosterman and special “Kid Friends” Caitlin Coffman and Alexandria Welsh. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and was especially close to Robin Montgomery-Kay, Sy Montgomery and Roberta Hughes. 

The family is confident that Dad had been patiently waiting for our often late mother, holding open the door of a luxury car, her last beloved Chihuahua Rosie wiggling on the backseat, and calling happily when he saw her, “Come on Mommy-O, we’ve got places to go!” 

The family wishes that contributions in Marjorie’s memory be made to the donor’s favored charity or be expressed as a random act of kindness. 

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, Dec. 30, 4 to 7 p.m. at The Glen Tavern Inn, 134 N. Mill St., Santa Paula. Marjorie will be reunited and inurned with Vincent at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery, 22601 Lassen St., Chatsworth, with a reception to follow at Los Toros Restaurant, 21743 Devonshire Blvd., Chatsworth.  

For Loving, Sharing and Memorializing through stories, photos, video and historic documents visit: and visit Marjorie’s online obituary.

Arrangements are in the care of Guardian Memorial Funeral Directors and Crematory, a Heritage Life Center, Oxnard (805) 483-1072. 

Delfi Ann Moreno Tarango

Delfi Ann (Moreno) Tarango, 50, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday December 17, 2011 with her family by her side in Modesto, CA. Delfi was born in Santa Paula, CA on August 14, 1961. She graduated from Santa Paula Union High School and later moved to Modesto where she raised her family.

Delfi Ann is survived by her husband Henry Tarango, daughters Elana (Tino) Martinez and Elaine, sons Henry Jr. and Jacob, and granddaughter Angelina Martinez, all from Modesto, CA; parents Abraham and Helen Moreno; Santa Paula, CA; brothers Abraham Jr. (Laura) Moreno of Phelan, CA, Mark (Brenda) Moreno of Santa Paula, CA, and James (Beverly) Moreno, Manassas, VA; sisters Patricia Moreno of Colorado Springs, CO and Paula (Glen) Nagamoto, Huntington Beach, CA; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Delfi Ann’s family loved her to the fullest and she treasured them. She was a loving, kind woman, a selfless mother who always put others before herself and had a strong love for God.

One thing many will remember her for is her “Infectious Laugh.”

Although Delfi is gone and we miss her dearly, we are at peace knowing she is watching over us. Heaven has gained another Angel “Our Sweet Delfi.”

A Memorial Mass Honoring the Life of Delfi will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Saint Sebastian Catholic Church, 235 N. Ninth Street, Santa Paula, Father Tomas Dome, C.R.I.C. officiating. Committal & Inurnment will follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.

For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guest book, share stories and post pictures, please visit our website: and click on Delfi’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Svcs., Santa Paula 805.229.7054.

Justeen Nicole Baca Jimenez

On December 20, 2011, as a result of an automobile accident, The Lord called home his daughter Justeen Nicole Baca Jimenez.  

Beloved daughter of Stacie Baca and Jaime Jimenez, She was born in Ventura on August 27, 1991.  Life long resident of the County of Ventura, Justeen graduated from Westlake High School and pursued a degree in Psychology at Moorpark College.  An avid reader, poet, lover of music and children; Justeen selflessly volunteered her time to Saint Sebastian Church for children’s instruction in Religious Studies. 

She will always be remembered by her family and friends for her dimpled smile, playfulness and unsurpassed kindness to everyone she met.  She is survived by her Mother Stacie, Step Father Rene, Father Jaime and Step Mother Debbie.  Her two sisters Viviana and Olivia, Brothers Justin and Erik.  Her Grandparents Eleanor and Gene Baca, Grandmother Cipriana Jimenez, Numerous Aunts and Uncles, Cousins and Friends.

Funeral Services Honoring the Life of Justeen was held at Saint Sebastian Catholic Church, 235 N. Ninth Street, Santa Paula, and began with the recitation of the rosary at 7pm, Monday, Dec. 26. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10am on Tuesday, Dec 27. Father Thomas Dome, C.R.I.C. Officiating. 

For map and directions to ceremony location and to sign the family’s online guest book, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Justeen’s name located below “Recent Obituaries.”

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Svcs., Santa Paula, 805.229.7054

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