Saturday, May 14, 2011

Maggie's Celebration of Life, May 14, 2011

Thanks to Larry Abgarian for this wonderful photo. From left: Maggie's son, Chris Theobald; husband, Ian Thompson; and Maggie.

It was a glorious day at Quail Botanical Gardens today as we celebrated the life of Encinitas councilwoman and former mayor, and animal advocate, Maggie Houlihan.

Relatives and friends including Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and Republican and Democrat office holders from Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar laughed, cheered and shed an occasional tear as we gathered in a enchanting pocket of the Gardens to share memories and a gourmet vegan and vegetarian buffet. Long-time Encinitas resident and friend Jack Tempchin and his band provided music. Tempchin is known for writing many popular songs including The Eagles' "Peaceful, Easy Feelin'" and "Already Gone."

You can share in the celebration by viewing clips online:

Pam Slater-Price Presenting Maggie with a Proclamation making May 14 "Maggie Houlihan Day."

Maggie's son, Chris Theobald, sharing some very funny memories.

Maggie's husband, Ian Thompson, sharing more (hilarious) memories about "life with Maggie."

A young woman uses a Buddhist allegory to describe what Maggie has meant to her as a mentor after meeting through House Rabbit Rescue.

Maggie shares her thoughts.

Maggie was once featured in The Saturday Evening Post magazine for country dance moves she shows again here.

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