Mae Laborde, a Santa Monica resident for over 80 years whose lust for life led her to pursue a wide range of endeavors, including taking up acting late in life, passed away in her sleep Jan. 9. She was 102.
Laborde was born May 13, 1909 in Fresno to Paul and Fereday Shamlian.
After graduating from business college in her early 20s, she came to Los Angeles. While riding the Red Car, she met her future husband, Nick, who worked as a conductor.
Laborde was active in the Parent Teacher Association and as a Girl Scout leader, and had worked at Henshey’s Department store.
Later, she decided that she wanted to work for musician and television show host Lawrence Welk, and finally got a job offer after showing up with home baked goods every week for months, her family said.
After retiring, and the death of her husband and daughter, Laborde went to work for First Federal Bank when she was in her 70s.
Laborde remained active late into her life, becoming an actress in her 90s and often appearing on the Talkshow with Spike Feresten.
She was preceded in death by her husband Nicholas, daughter Shirley Miller, brother and sister-in-law Henry and Rose Shamlin, and brother George Shamlin.
Laborde is survived by her son-in-law and daughter-in-law George and Irene Miller; grandchildren Karen, Kraig and Kurt Miller; and great grandchildren Matt and Katrina Ehrlich, Zoe and Sophie Miller and Edge, Spencer, Nick and Hudson Miller; niece Dianne Kassabian; nephew George Shamlin and their families. She is also survived by many friends in her neighborhood and throughout Santa Monica.
A celebration of life was held Jan. 14 in Santa Monica.