In Memory

Trisha McLean (Langford)

Trisha McLean Langford Born in 1960, Trisha McLean Langford died in her home in Laguna Niguel California on July 17, 2009 in a fire that consumed her bedroom but not the house. She is survived by her husband, Mark, her parents Richard McLean of Novato and Dorothy McLean of Ladera Ranch, CA, her sister Lisa McLean and nieces Lauren and Maya of Rocklin, CA, and her cousins John, Mary and Ryan McLean and stepmother, Marcia McLean, stepsisters Melanie Elliott, and Lisa Rose and stepbrother Randy Hermann. Trisha graduated from Terra Linda High School in 1979 and Chico State University in 1985. Her interests included gymnastics in high school and communications in college. Trisha became a talented interior designer whose work was featured in both national and regional magazines. Professionally known as "Tasha", she worked with renowned designers as well as custom furniture manufacturers in Southern California. Prior to design, Trisha enjoyed a successful career in sales. Known for her happy disposition and her joy in life, Trisha will be remembered for her laughter and outgoing personality. A survivor, she conquered leukemia, a dangerous auto accident and a fire that destroyed her childhood home in Terra Linda. Trisha's grandmother, Kathryn Forbes authored the book on which I Remember Mama became a movie, play and television series. Our love for Trisha accompanies her into eternity as does her love for all of us. Funeral mass to be offered at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ladera Hills, CA, on Saturday, July 25, followed by a celebration of her life at the Ladera Hills Center. Contributions may be made to the City of Hope Childhood Leukemia Fund or the charity of choice. Arrangement by O'Conner Mortuary of Laguna Hills, CA.

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07/21/09 11:20 AM #1    

Thana Johnson (Fineman)

I didn't know Trish in high school, but when she found out we were planning our 30th reunion, she was so excited that she called me and said that she really wanted to do something to help us. She was in Southern California so we decided that with her design background she would be responsible for table decorations. She contacted the hotel and florist and designed and arranged for our lovely blue and gold centerpieces via phone from southern California. The day of the event, we found out that Trish had a death in the family and was not going to be able to make it to the reunion. She had everything so well organized that we were able to carry out the design without a hitch. She was so disappointed that she couldn't come, she had been looking forward to it more than just about anyone. I am really sorry she wasn't there that night to party with her friends one last time.

07/22/09 09:15 PM #2    

Julie Harwood (Case)

I had been in contact with Trisha since our reunion and she was soooo disappointed that she couldn't make it. She wanted to make an event happen to connect with others and not wait 5 years till the next reunion. I am sorry that it did not happen as she was so enthusiastic about the 30th reunion and with connecting with others. I was so amazed at the attention to detail about the flowers for our reunion and how she made so many efforts to participate. I am really sad that she is gone.

07/25/09 06:29 PM #3    

Vickie Talmantez (Guasco)

I've know Trisha most of our lives. She lived down the steet when she was little and her house caught on fire, and she was leaving my house the nite she got in her accident. I'm lost for words to describe my saddness and feelings of loss from hearing about Trisha death, I still can't believe it's real. I too will miss her smiling face and her happiness for life. My love and condolences go out to her husband, Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Lisa and the rest of Trish's family. Please if there is anything needed,let me know. I just found out today so I could not make it to the services, but there have been a few people asking if there will be some kind of memorial service for her here in Marin?
Vickie Talamantez Guasco

08/06/09 06:06 AM #4    

Cathi Gasher (Kuntz)

Some of my most valuable life lessons during my youth were learned with Trisha by my side. My memories are too many to name and in many cases too personal to publish! We sought out trouble and loved doing so together. I am overwhelmed with grief.

I jumped on the website today to send birthday wishes to Andrew Sayers who was Trisha and my very first crush in 4th grade. We ditched school one day to walk from DonTimoteo to The Meadows because we both were going to "kiss" Andrew (our very firt kisses)!! I decided to peruse the other profiles and found the red rose next to her name and thought for certain it was a mistake since she and I just recently exchanged emails. I am in total shock.

Having had my own daughters that have gone through the age Trisha and I were when we first discovered our friendship, I have used the experiences and lessons of life that Trisha and I shared together to teach and train my girls.

Trisha left an impression on my life. It is inadequate to say that the impression was HUGE. I am beyond sad and broken hearted to learn of this tragedy. The world just lost one too young and too amazing - the angels are celebrating for sure!

I love and adore you Trish.

~ Cathi

10/14/09 08:17 PM #5    

Lisa Harder (Pitman)

I was so shocked to see Trisha's memorial on the home page.I had to take a second look. We had good times back in elementry and middle school together and camp fire girls! My computer had been out of commission for sometime and missed having access to this sight.My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family and friends. Lisa

11/04/09 07:55 PM #6    

Joan Elizabeth Lucero

My heart is broken. Our dear Trisha gone. I just learned of her terrible death and I can't stop the flood of tears. I trust that she is looking down at all of us knowing that she will always be loved and adored by all that were lucky enough to have known her.

08/13/15 01:33 PM #7    

Tracy Newman

Dear Trisha, You are and will always be so beautiful. I remember that accident so very well. I know that it changed your looks and it was so hard for you to become who you are but you overcame and wow. We used to laugh on the hill behind the school and I remember that grining laugh you had.Gods Speed My Friend, the world lost a classy,cool.beautiful and special gal.

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