Paula Ann Gale, a 69-year resident of Los Angeles County, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2008 after a long illness. Born February 24, 1922, the youngest of four children to Anna Marie and Paul Betz in Sioux City, Iowa, Paula moved to Southern California when she was 17 and became a devoted wife, loving mother, and committed community volunteer during her long and rewarding life. She was 86 when she died. Paula served two terms on the Los Angeles County Grand Jury (1985-86 and 1990-91), one term as the Sergeant-at-Arms. She also served eight years on the Los Angeles County Convention and Exhibition Center Authority Commission (1993-2001) and Vice President of the Los Angeles County Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. Paula was full of energy and active in many community organizations. She served as President of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Committee for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. She also chaired the annual Music Festival of the committee for two years. In addition, she was President of the St. Lawrence Martyr Church Women's Council for two years and a long-time member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She also served as a docent for the Torrance Courthouse for many years. Paula is survived by her husband, Jason, and son, Stephen, both of Palos Verdes Estates, California; daughter, Janice Silva, and grandson, William Silva, both of Washington State, and Sin Wee Koh of Palos Verdes Estates. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Colonel Betz; and two sisters, Mary Ellen Merryman and Virginia Gordon. A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, June 5, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with Vigil services at 7:00 p.m. at the White & Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 6 at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Paula Gale to the Little Company of Mary Community Health Foundation in Torrance, California, or the Peninsula Committee for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in Palos Verdes, California.

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  1. You and your family are in my prayers. Auntie P as we called her… always lit up a room when she entered. She was always so glad to see you and had a kind word and a big hug and a smile. As a child,,, she was someone I always looked forward to seeing when visiting Aunt Peg and Uncle Fred. God Bless her and be with her family at this time. Maggi Anderson Marion’s daughter

  2. Our heartfelt condolences to the Gale family. As Jason’s long-time office mates we always looked forward to seeing Paula at holiday parties and office gatherings. Her smile and vibrant personality lit up the room! When she spoke with you she made you feel like no one else was there. She was always interested in knowing about you, your family, etc… A woman of great accomplishments, she nevertheless was a friend to everyone and cared deeply for her family, friends and community. We miss you, Paula.

  3. Dearest Jason (& family), Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I know your wife will live on in the hearts of everyone who loved her. I am so sorry for your loss. Love & light, Lynne

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