Members of the public are invited to join the family and friends of Nancy Paulikas Saturday in a celebration of the life of the Manhattan Beach woman who suffered from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and disappeared after wandering away from her husband at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in October 2016.

Paulikas was just 55 years old when she disappeared. Her death was confirmed last December after a charred partial skull was found on a mountainside and later matched to additional remains found in the area.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office listed her date of death as March 11, 2017.

The skull was found on that date in Fossil Ridge Park, near the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Valley Glen Boulevard.

Paulikas was the inspiration for LA Found, a countywide program to find individuals using trackable bracelets, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said.

Saturday’s gathering will take place at 1 p.m. in the amphitheater at Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

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