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Aloha Velree Pace-Sage Blackwood
Birth: Feb. 24, 1947
Boise
Ada County
Idaho, USA
Death: Nov. 6, 1981
Lakewood
Los Angeles County
California, USA

My beloved big sister; whom I call "Sissy."

Daughter of John Robert Pace & Coeta Velree Ragsdale; granddaughter of Henry Lewis & Grace Emma (Brown) Pace and Albert Jennings & Mabel Opal (Pittman) Ragsdale.

Never legally adopted by Walter Albert Sage, yet she carried his name throughout her schooling and up until marriage and always considered him her Daddy.

8th great-granddaughter of Godfrey I and Mary Ragsdale

Aloha was a great sister. We fought like siblings do, yet we loved like only sisters can. She loved to read & dance, and straight A's in school wasn't quite good enough for her. Never doing homework, she attended Mayfair and Bellflower High Schools, graduating in June 1964. She hung out with the "beautiful" people of the school and with a grin I always called her a high society wannabee.

Right out of High School, Aloha married Loren Ray Irwin, November 1, 1964 at our home in Bellflower by our great-Uncle Gorden. They have a beautiful daughter and son. The marriage lasted for only a few years and by 1970 they went their separate ways.

For a time Aloha modeled for Vogue Magazine, but wasn't happy with the traveling aspect of the work. She loved being a Teller at a bank until an armed robbery soured her and she didn't like their exposure to masked men with guns. Next she worked for ADT, training managers and loved it. This job allowed some traveling, but usually home within a day or two.

Marriage number two was with Lawrence Richard Blackwood on June 10, 1973 in Bellflower. They have no children together.

Aloha loved material things and Pepsi. She always had to have the latest and greatest gadget; one of the first to get a microwave, refrigerator with ice and water, etc. Each day on the way home from work, she would stop and pick her up a six pack of Pepsi for her evening beverage. We always teased her that she was addicted.

Oh, and clean to a fault. If someone used an ashtray, she cleaned it immediately. She was so obsessed with cleanliness that she didn't even have towels in her bathroom ... you better carry one in with you or you walked around wet.

The night the phone call came is forever etched in my memory as one of the saddest days of our lives ... what could I have done to help her ... what did I do wrong ... was I the cause? It broke my heart to learn that she had become so depressed that she saw no other escape except taking her own life. She left us with no answers, but with lots of questions.

34 years, 8 months, 13 days.

It is in honor to Aloha's memory that I made this memorial. THANK YOU to all who feel led to leave her a flower. God Bless you!
 
 
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 Parents:
  Walter Albert Sage (1924 - 2009)
  Coeta Velree Ragsdale Hall (1930 - 1969)
 
 Spouse:
  Loren Ray Irwin (1945 - 2006)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
 
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Record added: Mar 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48980572
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