Absolutely tragic news in our community with the sudden loss of Mary Beth Gustafson, who passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 29. Gustafson, the daughter of Alice Gustafson, was renowned in Huntington Beach for the cinnamon rolls she used to make from scratch at the family restaurant, Alice’s in the Park. Mary Beth, just 58, leaves behind three children and a loving family that represents a cornerstone here in the city.
This was a piece I wrote on the family back in 2010 when a group of us were trying to help save the restaurant in the park. Once Alice’s closed, the main question on everyone’s lips was, “Where will we be able to find Mary Beth’s cinnamon rolls?” And she continued baking. That was her heart and soul. Her life and love. And what a master she was. The photo above was one I took at the restaurant just before it closed.That’s Mary Beth’s daughter Kerstin along with she and Alice; three generations of Gustafson women, strong, proud and beautiful.
I spoke with Alice this morning and of course there is no making sense of a loss like this. For those of us that knew and admired Mary Beth, we are numb this morning with this news. But we are all here I know, collectively, to do whatever we can for the Gustafsons. Arrangements have not been set but please keep this fine family in your thoughts and prayers. For decades they have represented the best of Huntington Beach and a loss this profound will no doubt resonate through many corners.
As well, add comments here as you see fit and I’ll make sure that Alice and the family get to see them.
Rest in Peace, Mary Beth. And may God watch over you and your family in this hour of need.