Teresa Ybarra McIntosh, the co-publisher of multiple boating publications and a newspaper industry magazine, has died. She was 69.
McIntosh died Oct. 11 in her Newport Beach home after a months-long struggle with stomach cancer.
McIntosh worked alongside her husband of 26 years, Duncan McIntosh, in publishing Sea, Boating World, and Editor & Publisher magazines, as well as the Log newspaper.
She also helped organize and co-produce the Newport Boat Show, Lido Yacht Expo and other expos in San Diego and Marina del Rey.
Before working in the publishing world, McIntosh, originally from Chino, worked a variety of jobs, including being a singing waitress at 16 years old and a bilingual ambassador guide at Disneyland, according to a new release from her publications.
She also taught second-graders and women on a Hopi reservation about nutrition and health.
After attending Cal State Long Beach and UC San Diego, she moved to the Balboa Peninsula. She worked as a hairdresser at the Balboa Bay Club and later opened a beauty shop, according to release.
FOR THE RECORD:
Teresa Ybarra McIntosh attended UC San Diego, not San Diego State as previously reported.
She met her husband while working as the manager at Mione's restaurant in the 1970s. McIntosh later became general manager of the Newport-Mesa News in 1977, which Duncan McIntosh owned.
The two later married in Acapulco, Mexico, in 1985 — the same year they bought Sea magazine.
In 2004, they bought the Log, and in 2010 they bought Editor & Publisher.
"We adored her," sister-in-law Martha McIntosh said. "It is hard to believe she's not with us. She leaves a big, big hole. She was good to people. … She was just amazing. She made everybody feel special."
Eston Ellis worked with McIntosh for about 25 years, and said she had a knack for making boat shows, which can be chaotic, appear seamless.
"She was very inspirational," Ellis said. "She was the kind of person who always had it together. She could work her way through any situation.
"She was just one of the best problem-solvers that have ever been born. She could see a solution that other people can't see — a constant professional. Things just went very smoothly when she was in charge."
She is survived by her husband, Duncan; sisters Melinda Ybarra and Irene Ochoa; brothers Tony Ybarra and Eddie Marchan; and 14 nieces and nephews, according to the release.
A celebration of her life is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, or at www.cityofhope.org.