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TRUNNELL, NORA EMMA FLOWERS Nora Emma Flowers Trunnell, age 90, passed away June 17, 2012. She was the only daughter born to Ferrell and Lois (Payne) Flowers and grew up surrounded by her five brothers in Bates, Arkansas. She was born January 28, 1922, and spent her early years on the farm and going to school in Bates. After finishing school, she came to San Diego to work during the Second World War. She was one of the original "Rosie the Riveters", working on airplanes to be flown by our troops during the war. During her working career, she also built Rogue River Fishing Reels while living in Oregon, and back in San Diego once again, was an outstanding engraver for a local trophy business. She met her future husband, James Trunnell, while roller skating at a local rink. He was a sailor on the town, and their attraction was immediate. They married before he was shipped out again, and spent a lifetime enjoying each other and their family. Emma lived in various states and locations, compliments of Jim's naval career, but for the last 42 years, she was a resident of Rancho Jamacha Estates in Spring Valley, where she leaves many friends and a wealth of memories. Emma always enjoyed traveling, camping trips with family or friends, sewing, crafts, and reading. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing the flowers, vegetables, and especially fruit that she grew in her tiny yard. She took great pride in her avocado trees and their fruit, having planted the trees from seed over 40 years ago. Her tangerines were also highly prized and enjoyed by her family and friends. Emma, as her friends called her, loved her family immensely and was looking forward to welcoming her third great-great- grandchild in July. She won't be here to welcome the new one, but tales of her will be related to this baby and to future arrivals. Emma spent a lot of her time caring for others in her family, and managing the care and affairs of three of her brothers and one sister-in-law, prior to their passing. She was a capable and effective advocate for them, making their final months or years easier. She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her brothers, Roma, Albert, Payne, Jimmy, and Joe Flowers. Her husband, Jim, preceded her in death in 2002, and her daughter-in-law, Maureen Trunnell in 2010. She is survived by her sons, Jack, (Linda) Trunnell and Carl Trunnell and their families. She has four grandchildren; Dennis, (Laurie), and Jack Trunnell, Jr,, Tracey (Jeff) St. John, and Tammy Trunnell, eight great-grandchildren; Danielle and Meagan St. John, Jesse (Sarah) Trunnell, Angela and Michael Trunnell, Tyler Swinney, Bryant Goergens, and Madison Perry, and 2 great-great grandchildren: Seth and Carter. She is also survived by her nieces, Becki Harris and Debi Thomas, her nephews Russell Bitters, David McWhorter, Mike and Tim Flowers, and her sister-in-law Darce Flowers. A multitude of friends will also mourn her passing. Blessed be her memory. .

Published in U-T San Diego on July 29, 2012
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