January 6, 1937 ~ March 17, 2017
In Loving Memory
Edna ("Eddie") Patricia Turner
January 6, 1937 – March 17, 2017
Edna Patricia Turner (known affectionately as "Eddie" "Nana" or "Nonnie") passed away on March 17, 2017. Eddie was born on January 6, 1937, in London, England to Violet Edna Goodwin and Herbert Wallace Goodwin. She was their only child, and grew up during the tumultuous times of World War II. Edna met the love of her life, Harold James Turner, in 1953, and they married on July 9, 1955. In 1957 they left England to start a new life together in Toronto, Canada. Eddie worked there as a nurse in the labor and delivery department.
In 1960, Eddie and Harold's dream of coming to America was realized when they were sponsored by an American family, and they were able to move to Buffalo, New York. A few years later, in 1963, Eddie received a postcard from a friend in California who wrote that her family was swimming at the beach on New Year's Day. Having endured some harsh winters in New York, Eddie and Harold packed up their belongings to start a new adventure in California, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Eddie and Harold settled in Lawndale, and after a few years they moved to the Hollywood Riviera, where they built a new home, raised their four children, attended their children's weekly sporting events, socialized with their friends and neighbors, and lived happily together for almost thirty years.
Eddie had a strong passion for teaching and working with children. She worked for the Torrance Unified School District starting in 1977 at Riviera Elementary School as a Teacher's Aide. She was there for almost twenty years when she moved to Jefferson Middle School in 1997 and became a special education Teacher's Aide. She retired from the Torrance Unified School District in June of 2007 after working there for thirty years. She also served at PTA President at Riviera Elementary School from 1976-1977, and was active in her community, including in her children's many youth sports and other activities.
In 1998, Eddie lost the love of her life when Harold passed away. Eddie moved from Redondo Beach to Torrance, and stayed very active. She continued to demonstrate her love of teaching others by leading knitting classes at Concepts in Yarn in Torrance. She worked there for over 30 years, and taught hundreds of students, passing on her passion for knitting. Eddie particularly loved to knit baby beanies and blankets for her many grandchildren and her children's friends who were having babies, and donated hundreds of them to the NICU at local hospitals for the newborns. Eddie taught her last knitting class on March 10, 2017, which was attended by both of her granddaughters.
Eddie enjoyed the beach, shopping, telling stories about her childhood growing up during World War II to her children and eight grandchildren, socializing with her many friends, knitting, and the "occasional" margarita.
Eddie was predeceased by her husband Harold, and her first child Daryl, who passed away at the age of 5 in 1966. Eddie is survived by her four children, Melissa Cortado (Jaye Cortado), Martin Turner (Amy Turner), Sarah Martoccia (Dean Martoccia) and Bill Turner (Cher Turner). She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, of whom she was immensely proud, Adam Turner, Kyle Turner, Cole Turner, Seth Turner, Ella Martoccia, Luke Martoccia, Gianna Martoccia, and Lorenzo Martoccia.
A "Celebration of Life" service will be held at Wayfarers Chapel on Monday March 27, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public with a reception to follow.
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