I grew up knowing Sam Maloof and Alfreda Maloof. Their bio on Wikipedia and other websites doesn't really show the religious side of this amazing couple. I had always wanted to have parents were more like Sam and Alfreda than the ones I had because they were intelligent, well spoken, kind, gentle, open and creative. They were devout Methodists who attended the Trinity United Methodist Church on the corner of Campus and I street for many years. I used to visit their home before it was moved to the top of Carnelian when it was subjected to eminent domain where the 210 now goes through their old vineyards.
There isn't much on Alfreda however she was a very earthy type woman who was always wearing cultural type jewelry and simple outfits. I mostly remember American Indian type jewelry she adorned herself with. She kept her hair simple and was always a willing shoulder for one of any age.
Here is the bio that is on them from Wikipedia with plenty of citation sources to check upon:
Sam Maloof (born Samuel Solomon Maloof, a member of the large Maalouf family) (January 24, 1916 - May 21, 2009) was a furniture designer and woodworker. He was born in Chino, California, USA, to parents who emigrated to the United States from Lebanon. He attended high school first at Chaffey High School in Ontario, California, where he took his first woodworking class and was recognized by his art teacher as having extraordinary skill. Later he attended Chino High School. Shortly after completing high school, he began working in the art department of the Vortox Manufacturing Company in Claremont, California. He was drafted into the United States Army on October 11, 1941. After serving in the Pacific theater and then transferring to a post in Alaska, Maloof left the army in 1945 to return to Southern California.
Maloof married Alfreda Louise Ward on June 27, 1948 and the couple moved into a house at 921 Plaza Serena, Ontario, California where Sam set up a furniture workshop in the garage. Mostly from necessity, Maloof designed and built a suite of furniture for his home using salvaged materials. Commissioned pieces followed, and from 1949-1952 Maloof continued working in the garage of his Ontario home. In 1953, Maloof relocated to Alta Loma, California where he built a studio to continue making furniture.
Maloof's work is in the collections of several major American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 1985 he was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan have both owned Maloof rockers.
Sam Maloof resided in Alta Loma, California, a neighborhood community in the City of Rancho Cucamonga. On a former citrus orchard are his home, his furniture shops and the site of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts.
He was described by the Smithsonian Institution as "America's most renowned contemporary furniture craftsman" and People magazine dubbed him "The Hemingway of Hardwood." But his business card always said "woodworker." "I like the word," he told a Los Angeles Times reporter, his eyes brightening behind large, owl-eyed glass frames. "It's an honest word."
In 1985 Mr. Maloof became the first craftsman to receive a MacArthur fellowship; and despite such recognition, he declined to identify himself as an artist. His autobiography was titled Sam Maloof: Woodworker.
This is the church we all attended during my childhood:
This is Sam and Alfreda as I knew them. This is their older home before they moved to Alta Loma at the top of Carnelian where their foundation now operates:
I last saw Sam Maloof alive in 2008 after my final surgery and was out of the wheelchair. Promising to visit again, I got busy and he passed before I could see him again.