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Service held in Phoenix for 'Wizard of Oz' munchkin

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Margaret Pellegrini (Source: CBS 5 News) Margaret Pellegrini (Source: CBS 5 News)
Mourners gathered Sunday to pay final respects. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) Mourners gathered Sunday to pay final respects. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
Margaret Pellegrini lived at the Beatitudes Campus retirement community.  (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) Margaret Pellegrini lived at the Beatitudes Campus retirement community. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
Pellegrini was 89. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) Pellegrini was 89. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Friends and fans of one of the last remaining Wizard of Oz munchkins gathered in Phoenix Sunday to celebrate her life.

Beatitudes Campus spokeswoman Barbara Wood said the service was held at the Everett Luther Life Center at Beatitudes Campus, located at 1610 W. Glendale Ave. in Phoenix.

Margaret Pellegrini passed away at the Beatitudes Campus retirement community on Aug. 7 at age 89.

Wood said longtime Valley entertainers Igor Glenn and Mike Chamberlin, as well as the cast at Valley Youth Theatre, paid tribute to Pellegrini during the celebration.

Pellegrini's grandson, Bill Pellegrini, said as a boy, his grandma would take him to the fair where she'd know everyone.

He said he also remembers going with her to Hollywood, when she got her star on the Walk of Fame.

Pellegrini was one of three surviving munchkins from the famous 1939 film.

She was born in Tuscumbia, AL, and recently lived at the Beatitudes Campus in central Phoenix.

In March, CBS 5 News spoke with Pellegrini as Disney's adaptation of the movie, OZ: The Great and Powerful was released.

Pellegrini said she was just 13 years old when a scout spotted her at a state fair. He took down her name and address, and then two years later she found out she was going to Hollywood.

Pellegrini was paid $50 a week. It was 10 times what her father made, so she sent money home to Alabama.

[Related: One of last remaining Wizard of Oz munchkins living in Valley]

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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