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Ella Lucy Marie Downs Turek


1920 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Ella Lucy Marie Downs Turek Obituary
ELLA LUCY MARIE DOWNS TUREK entered this life in March of 1920, in Mackenzie North Dakota to the parents of Peter and Anna Davidson. She lived a long and fulfilling life passing in December 2014. Her parents had both come from Sweden a decade earlier and built a farmstead with seven children. She had three sisters and three brothers all of whom have passed some time before her. She grew up in the farmstead and left in 1940 with two siblings to Los Angeles where she met her husband Vern Downs. They married in November 1941 just before the start of the war. Her husband entered the service and she worked in a Goodyear defense plant until the first son came in 1944. Five years later she had the first set of triplets in Pomona. She was a house wife for part of her life, but she also worked in the local school district in a school cafeteria. In 1965 she started food service at Chaffey College until she retired in 1983. She enjoyed her time and friends at the college. Ella had a number of hobbies and interests. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her plants, particularly her fruit trees. She also enjoyed passing the time with hobbies like crocheting, knitting, solving jigsaw puzzles, and reading a good book. Vern passed away in 1982 and in 1987 she married Marion 'Frank' Turek. They enjoyed bowling, dancing, and travel. He passed away in 2012. Services and internment will be at Rose Hills Hillside Chapel in Whittier on January 5 at 11am. She is survived by her three sons: Keith, Kurt and Steve, one daughter Sandee, a grandson, two granddaughters and two great grandchildren. In addition to or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ella Downs Memorial Scholarship Fund at Chaffey College.


Published in Press-Enterprise from Jan. 1 to Jan. 4, 2015
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