The Passing of Past District President Mary Toyoko Usui Toma


Dear PTA Family,

It is with the saddest regret that we announce the death of our beloved Past District President Mary Toyoko Usui Toma on July 21, 2019. Mary Toma was born on June 29, 1928, in the state of Washington.  She moved to Los Angeles after marrying Ronald Toma in 1950. Mary worked as a Medical Technologist at Kaiser Permanente and later in Children’s Hospital LA where she worked for more than 20 years. 

They raised five (5) children in the Silver Lake area where they attended Micheltorena Elementary, King Junior High and Marshall High School. This is where Mary planted her roots and became an advocate and member and leader of the PTA at the local school level and council level.  She became our Los Angeles Tenth District President in 1995 thru 1997 and again was the first District President to ever hold the District President position for two (2) terms.  Her second term was in 2001 thru 2003.  Mary volunteered determinedly as an advocate for the children of LAUSD. 

She was a kind soul and was popular for her social service who will be missed by friends and family. Her contribution towards the society will always be cherished in the minds of everyone that knew her. Other than being a kind-hearted woman, she was also a loving wife and devoted mother who never neglected her family and always made sure that she spent valuable time with them. She is survived by her five (5) children, Dana, April, Robin, Heather, Heidi, and eight (8) grandchildren. Mary’s surviving siblings are Frank, Terry, James and many nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her countless PTA family members that will always hold her dear to our hearts and always remember her and her passion for serving the children of LAUSD.

A memorial service/celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 9th, at 11 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 S. Central Ave., in Little Tokyo, L.A. (; 213-617-9097).

She will be buried at Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills on Saturday, August 10th, at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, contact 888-984-6706. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA, for Mary Toma at 1605 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 405 in Los Angeles, CA 90015.  For more information, please call Silvia Barba or Elaine Black at (213) 745-7114.