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Margaret Maggie Brandon
Sept. 7, 1926 - Dec. 1, 2014
Portola Valley, California

Margaret (Maggie) Brandon, age 88, died peacefully in her sleep on December 1, 2014, of heart failure. She had been a long-term resident of Woodside before moving to The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley. Maggie was born on Sept. 7, 1926, in Fremont, Ohio, and grew up in Fostoria, Ohio, where she was the third of five children born to Russell and Florence Carter. After being valedictorian of her small town high school, she attended Duke University, where she earned her Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1948. In both high school and college, she was involved in numerous extra-curricular activities and invited to join several honorary societies. Maggie married Chester Brandon that same year, and they lived for two years in Charlottesville, VA, while Chet finished law school at the University of Virginia. They moved to the Bay Area in 1950, living first in Berkeley and then moving to the Peninsula in 1951. Their two children were born while they lived in Menlo Park. They moved to Woodside in 1956, and to the Sequoias in 1999. Chet died in 2001. During her years in Woodside, Maggie was active in com...

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Esther M. Pfeiffer
June 14, 1931 - Dec. 14, 2014 Palo Alto, California

Esther passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, in her home in Palo Alto. She was 83. Esther was one of two daughters of John and Clara Pfeiffer. Her sister, Helen, passed away in 1998. Her longtime companion, Denny Kelly, died earlier this year. Esther was lovingly cared for in her final days...

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Lois R. Scott
April 23, 1928 - Dec. 11, 2014 San Diego, California

Lois Ragan Scott, born on April 23, 1928, to Paul Ragan and Maude Perley Ragan, died on Dec. 11, 2014, in San Diego, California. Lois is survived by her two loving sons, Joe of Los Gatos, California, and Paul (Jill) of San Diego, along with many nieces and nephews in California, Florida, Georgia, I...

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Diana Halprin
Jan. 30, 1938 - Dec. 8, 2014 Portola Vallley, California

Diana Halprin passed away after a six plus year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and in 1959 received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College in Boston, where she met her husband, Steve. In 1963, they moved to the Bay Area, where they raised thei...

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Lynn Torin
June 21, 1935 - Dec. 7, 2014 Palo Alto, California

Lynn Torin, a longtime Palo Alto resident whose many leadership roles included chairing the city's Human Relations Commission and its first Parks and Recreation Commission, died on Dec. 7 at Channing House. She was 79. Torin, who was born in Spain and spent her childhood in Chile, came to the Uni...

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