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Shirley B. Turner


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Shirley B. Turner Obituary
January 12, 1930 - September 5, 2017 Shirley B. Turner died peacefully at the age of 89, on September 5, 2017 at Torrance Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born January 12, 1930, in Pueblo, Colorado, the daughter of William and Sarah Bretherick. Shirley loved to bowl and throughly enjoyed time with friends spent eating, drinking and engaging in lively conversation. She was always a lady yet also brave in the face of new challenges and experiences. Shirley always had her nose in a book when she was growing up and loved to play tennis and violin in school. She moved to Leimert Park, California as a child and grew up with her sister Mary. She attended the 42nd Street Grammar School, Audubon Junior High School, Dorsey High School and finally Pepperdine College, where she studied Education. Shirley married Robert E. Turner on September 10, 1949 at Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Bob and Shirley lived with their four children in Gardena, California, for the bulk of their lives. She was an avid volunteer in many organizations within her community and served in a variety of positions to include: secretary of the Board of the Angeles Council, Job's Daughter of Bethel 245, Girl Scout Troop Leader, and District Chairwoman of the Girl Scout South Bay District of Southern California. Shirley was a member of and regularly participated in the Elks of San Pedro #966, her favorite pastime within the group was the bowling league. Shirely's take-charge attitude was evident in her role as an operator at the Gardena Memorial Hospital and also as secretary for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she served until her retirement in June 1991. The holidays at the Turner house were always filled with love and laughter. Easter was a special time of year with chocolate bunnies set out on the mantel for the entire family. Christmas Day, though was the main event that began with a large breakfast, followed by family gathering around the tree where countless presents spilled out from underneath, and finally, after a full day of enjoying each other's company, the Turner family would sit for a great dinner feast. Shirley worked hard, not only in her career, but in her relentless goal to take care of her family. Shirley is survived by her husband Robert, their 4 children, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 19, 2017
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