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Pauline Jean Turner Olson

March 28, 1926 - February 24, 2018

Pauline Jean Turner Olson was born March 28, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Thomas Benjamin Turner and Rachel Lewis Stewart. "Polly" was the oldest of five Turner children, three sisters; Rona Maxine (McCurnin), Betty Joan (Radeke), Evelyn June (Fritz), and a brother, John Benjamin.

Pauline lived a wonderful life and passed peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Transplanted from Iowa, Pauline and her beloved husband, Don, made their home in Downey, California for over 60 years, raising their three children, Thomas Ray (Mary), Paul Eugene (Lynne), and Dawn Marie. Her life was exemplified by service, both in her home and in the community, as President of the PTA, as well as being a baseball mom to her sons and husband, and a devoted fan of the musical talents of her children. She graduated with a BA in English from Long Beach State University and received a Masters of Education degree from California Lutheran University. She served thousands of elementary students over many years as an elementary teacher and reading specialist at Horace Mann Elementary in the Bellflower School District. "Mrs. Olson" earned deep respect and admiration from all who crossed her path.

Pauline traveled the world in retirement years, making lifelong friends while keeping score for Don's numerous softball teams. She loved her Scottish and Welsh heritage, celebrating with her sisters an occasional tea party complete with bagpipers. Her love of music and dance never left her, from the moment she met Don on the Riverview dance floor in Iowa to her final days, singing the classics which no disease could erase.

She is survived by her three children, nine grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren along with three of her siblings, Betty, Evelyn, and John. She follows her sweetheart Don, who passed away in 2014. They will rest together in the Riverside California National Cemetery, an honor afforded to her and Don through his faithful WWII service in the United States Navy. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Mar. 2, 2018
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