Mary Kay Blaul was born Mary Kay Moreau on September 28, 1958 at Fort MacArthur US Army Hospital in San Pedro California. She grew up in Seal Beach and attended Huntington Beach High School where she was a cheerleader and graduated in 1976.
After working various jobs including the US Post Office and as a grocery checker she decided to become a firefighter and was hired by the Orange County Fire Department graduating from OCFD Career Academy #7 in November 1985 at the age of 27.
She attended paramedic training in 1988 and worked continuously as a Firefighter/Paramedic for 27 years until her retirement in October 2012. During her career she was assigned to numerous Engine and Paramedic Units including E2, E46, M4, E22, M26, E60, M5, E62, E36, and E13. During her career she was part of the response to many major incidents including the Laguna and Malibu Fires. She was a compassionate and caring Paramedic who loved to take care of people and help them in their time of need.
During the fall of 2015 she was informed that her job caused cancer had worsened and taken a fatal form. From among several treatment options, she chose to have a bone marrow transplant. She was admitted to USC Norris Cancer Center on May 26 and received her bone marrow transplant on June 2, 2016. In and out of the hospital, she battled the worsening complications of the transplant courageously for nearly two years until she was informed there were no more treatment options available to her. Preferring to spend her last days in her home, on August 24, 2017 she was escorted home and put into bed for the last time by OCFA Seal Beach Engine 44, Battalion 8 and Division 1. Seven days later at 0735 on August 31st 2017, in the Seal Beach home where she grew up and surrounded by family, at the age of 57 she passed quietly from this earth.
She is survived by her children Jeremy Ellison, Jeff Ellison, Jacquelyn Fields, her step children Dan Blaul and Sarah Thomas, her adored grandchildren Liam and Brigid Thomas, Justin Ellison, Max and Brynn Blaul, Jossyln and Russell Fields, her sisters Pam and Susie, her brother Jim and her husband Ron.
She is missed terribly and remembered with love.