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Muriel Pearl Hackman Burd
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Birth: Nov. 29, 1916
San Rafael
Marin County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 2010
Terra Linda
Marin County
California, USA

Muriel Burd, lifelong resident of San Rafael, died peacefully on December 11, 2010.

Born November 29, 1916, Muriel Pearl Hackman was the second of five daughters to Zada and William Hackman. She was born at home on the family property on "B" Street in downtown San Rafael. As a very young child, the family home was moved down the street to the corner of "B" Street and Bay View Street, and it was at this address that Muriel resided for most of her lifetime. Her final years were spent happily in a care home in Terra Linda.

Muriel enjoyed a very close relationship with her sisters, nieces and nephews throughout her lifetime. She is survived by two of her sisters, LaVerne Pareto, 88 years old, lifelong resident of San Rafael, and Gloria Hoy, 90 years old, of Vacaville. Muriel's other two sisters, Carol Paganetti and Nona Shipley, preceded her in death. Muriel will truly be missed by her nieces and nephews and their families, Stan Pareto of San Rafael, Cyndee Weston of Huntington Beach, Carol Appenrodt of San Rafael, Barry Taylor of San Francisco, Cathy Maldonado of Suisun City, and Nolan Shipley of San Rafael.

As a young girl, Muriel attended Short School and grammar school at E Street School, both within blocks of her home in downtown San Rafael. Muriel graduated from San Rafael High School, Class of 1934, where she was very active in sports, including swim team, girls' speedball, tennis team, girls' baseball squad, and tumbling.

Muriel and her family attended church services regularly at the First United Methodist Church in downtown San Rafael, where the Church was first built. It was after 1946, that the Methodist church was rebuilt at its present location on the Miracle Mile in San Rafael, where Muriel and her family continued to worship.

Muriel and her sisters were active in the Church's youth organization called Epworth League and performed in various plays. Muriel's first jobs after high school were part-time at City Hall and at a dress shop in San Rafael. In 1936, Muriel started working in San Francisco for California Packing, which later became Del Monte. She retired from the Del Monte Company in 1976, after forty years of employment.

In 1939, Muriel married Red Burd in the First United Methodist Church at its original location. They honeymooned in Yosemite. For the young married couple, World War II meant a temporary separation for Muriel and Red. Red served in the Army Air Corps in Europe as a welder. Upon returning to the states, he was stationed in El Paso, Texas, where Muriel joined him and lived for nearly two years.

When the couple returned to San Rafael, CA, they resided at "B" and Bay View Street on the Hackman family property where Muriel had grown up. They enjoyed many happy years together traveling, entertaining, and loving their black lab, Smokey. Many good times were enjoyed around the Burd's outdoor built-in red brick barbecue. Muriel loved to cook and over the years, passed many of her wonderful recipes along to the family. Married for twenty-nine years, Red preceded her in death some years after the dissolution of their marriage in 1968.

Muriel enjoyed life to the fullest in her younger years and made many lifelong friends at both work and home, including the Hackmans' neighbors, the Garguilo Family, who throughout Muriel's lifetime, were considered part of the family. She enjoyed many favorite television shows and loved the comedians of her day, especially Bob Hope. Muriel was always the first to tell a joke and loved laughing at a good joke.

Muriel will be lovingly remembered for her strong spirit, her generosity, and most of all, her wonderful sense of humor and we will never forget "the calendar!"

Family and friends are invited to share in a Memorial Service at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California, on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
Published in the Marin Independent Journal from December 14 to December 15, 2010. 
Family links: 
  William Hackman (1891 - 1955)
  Zada Evelyn Burkhart Hackman (1891 - 1974)
  Leslie William Burd (1913 - 1979)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Tamalpais Cemetery
San Rafael
Marin County
California, USA
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Dec 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62928624
Muriel Pearl <i>Hackman</i> Burd
Added by: Ryan D. Curtis
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- Ryan D. Curtis
 Added: Dec. 14, 2010

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