Mary Margaret Xifo-Rankin “MM”
Mary Margaret Xifo-Rankin “MM” passed away at Tahoe Forest Hospital on December 10, 2015. She was surrounded by her loving husband Greg and her two daughters, Amanda and Johanna. Mary Margaret was born in San Pedro, CA on October 28, 1951. She was the eldest girl, with two older brothers, and a younger sister and brother. In the 1950s her family lived in the L.A. region and then moved to Eau Gallie, Florida and then back to Palos Verdes Estates, California. Her father was later transferred to Paris France in 1960, where she and her siblings attended a French primary school from 1960-1962. Mary Margaret excelled at French and rose to be the top student of her class and maintained a love for France and the French language ever since. While living in France the family spent winters in Zermatt, Switzerland, where Mary Margaret first learned to ski. The family also toured Holland and Belgium and spent their summers on the Costa Brava in the small village of Cadaques, Spain. The family moved back to Palos Verdes in the summer of 1962. Mary Margaret graduated high school in the summer of 1969 as a member of the National Honors Society and received a full scholarship to Pitzer College in Claremont, California. In the 1970s she moved to Santa Rosa, California and worked at the Exchange Bank in Rohnert Park, where she met Greg in 1978. It was love at first sight for the both of them. In 1980 they moved to Tahoe City to ski one ski season and never left. They were married on June 26, 1982. Mary Margaret loved Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, and the mountain lifestyle. She liked outdoor concerts at Commons Beach and Squaw Valley, hiking, biking, camping, walks on the beach, her house and back yard, and skiing. She was an expert skier and a Squaw Valley season pass holder since 1982. Both of her daughters were on several of the Squaw Valley Ski Teams and also became expert skiers. She loved to travel to Mexico, Spain, France, and St. Martin and mostly to Maui. She also loved being a grandmother, and she was a great one! Besides being an amazing mother to her two girls, Mary Margaret worked off and on as a Real Estate agent, a Girl Scott troop leader, the first female member of the North Tahoe Rotary Club, a key member of the Blue Tahoe Toastmasters and a member of Calvary Chapel in Truckee. Since 2004 she was the Aministrative Manager for Coldwell Banker NRT, managing four offices in the North Tahoe and Truckee area and contributed greatly to Coldwell Banker’s support for Habitat for Humanity and Toys for Tots. She was an amazing wife and mother to her girls and two grand children and to all who knew her. She touched the lives of a large number of people in our community and beyond and she will be greatly missed. Mary Margaret had a strong faith in the Lord and had accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and believed that through her acceptance of Him she will have eternal life in Heaven. That belief is also shared by her family and knowing that they will see her again in Heaven is of great comfort to them. She is survived by her husband Greg, her two daughters Johanna and Amanda, two grandchildren Gabriella and Gavin, her mother Virginia, her brothers George, Peter and Michael, her sisters Gina, Celeste and Catherine, and seven nieces and five nephews. There will be a Celebration of Mary Margret’s Life on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm in the Mountain Ballroom at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City.
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