A celebration of the life of Mary Lou Crockett, Westchester Realtor and community leader, is planned from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 6th, in the Playa Vista CenterPoint Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive.
Crockett died Friday, October 15th, of what family called natural causes. She was 66.
Crockett had been a Realtor since 1963, and began her real estate career with the family firm of Otto Cripps Realty, which became Cripps Crockett Realty in 1992 and later the Cripps Crockett Connection. The firm is now under the business umbrella of RE/MAX.
Crockett was a City of Los Angeles airport commissioner from 1979 to 1984 and president of the Board of Airport Commissioners in 1980 and 1981.
She served on the City of Los Angeles Library Commission from 1984 to 1993 and was commission president in 1989 and 1990.
She founded the Westchester/-Playa del Rey Historical Society and had been Historical Society chair since 1989.
Her other civic contributions included:
– founding the Westchester Fourth of July parade in 2000 as part of the Historical Society’s celebration of the Millennium.
– cofounder of Community Plans, Inc.; president, 1968 to 1974;
– cofounder of Friends of the Library of the Westchester/Loyola Village Library;
– honorary mayor of Westches ter, 1989 and 1990;
– member, Loyola Marymount University Continuing Education Advisory Board;
– Westchester Vitalization Corporation president; and
– Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey Steering Committee treasurer;
– supporter of:
the Westchester YMCA;
Westchester Fire Station #5;
Airport Marina Counseling Service;
Los Angeles Police Foundation;
Historical Society of Centinela Valley, which maintains the Centinela Adobe in Westchester;
the Westchester Symphony Society;
the League of Women Voters Education Fund;
Friends of Ballona Wetlands; and
The Flight Path Learning Center Scholarship Fund.
Her most recent philanthropical commitment was to Access to Ideas, which distributes books to children in remote areas of Russia to promote a bridge between U.S. children and Russian children.
At her death, she was working on a book on the history of Westchester.
She is survived by her mother, Lorene Cripps; her brother, Jim Cripps; her sister, Susie; her daughter, Patty Crockett Richmond; and two grandchildren, Jacob and Kylie Richmond.