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Rozella "Penny" Oletta (Paulson) Warde

1920 - 2012, Santa Barbara

On April 11, 2012 Rozella finally got her wish, to once again be reunited with her best friend, husband Vernon.

Rozella was born May 1, 1920 in a tiny town in North Dakota called Zahl to father Paul Ole Paulson and mother Anna Eivensdatter Andrews. Shortly after Rozella was born, the family, including brother Earl, moved to Wildrose, North Dakota. In 1923, while working as a CPA for the 3M company, Paul was gravely injured when a horse pulling a wagon spooked in a grain elevator and he tried to stop their stampede. He lay in bed, with a broken back for 6 weeks before succumbing to pneumonia.

Mother Anna moved with her children to Bismarck and in 1933 Anna opened The Sweet Shop where Rozella worked for a time. She graduated from Bismarck High School with excellent grades, superb stenography and typing skills and though her teachers thought she would make a fabulous teacher, Rozella had other ideas.

Anxious to experience life in the big city, Rozella left for the bright lights of Los Angeles, California, and found herself at a dance in San Pedro where she met her future husband, Roland Vernon Warde. Roland was a Stevedore at the time, working in San Pedro. Vernon had been a member of Local 63 and the ILWU since 1935. On December 5, 1940, Rozella and Vernon were married at the First Lutheran Church in Long Beach, Calif.

Rozella and Vernon welcomed daughter Grace first. And while Rozella (who Vernon affectionately called Penny for her habit of saving pennies), maintained house and home, Vernon followed the jobs, which took them to Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco where son Philip was born twenty days before Pearl Harbor and the start of WWII. San Francisco was a happening place at that time. But by 1943, work was scarce and they moved again, this time to Oxnard, California and work was found in Port Hueneme. Vernon and Rozella welcomed daughter Margaret several years later and in 1953 moved into a new three-bedroom home in Ventura. Once again work made a move necessary so in 1955 the couple and their three children moved to Torrance, California where all three kids graduated from Torrance High School while Vernon finished out a forty-seven year career as a Longshoreman and Marine Clerk.

They retired to Wrightwood, a small mountain community in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles but Vernon grew restless to return to his hometown of Santa Barbara and so in 1983 they moved once again, hopefully they said, for the last time.

They enjoyed 10 years there before Vernon died in 1993. They had been married 53 years. In 2004 Rozella moved to Eureka with daughter Margaret and son-in-law James.

Rozella is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Earl Gordon Paulson, and husband Roland Vernon Warde. She is survived by cousin Mabel Studsrud of North Dakota, sister-in-law Louise Paulson of La Crescenta; daughter Grace Warrick (Gerry) of Hawaii, son Philip Warde (Wendy), and daughter Margaret Stevens (James) of Eureka; grandson Bryan Klum (Camie) Hawaii, granddaughter Lisa Todd (Bruce) of Riverside; grandsons Kenneth Stevens of North Carolina and Dennis Stevens (Foxi) of Loleta; great granddaughters Mallory, Shannon and Sierra; great grandsons Jordan and Atticus; and several nieces and nephews.

At her request, no service is planned. Interment will be at Santa Barbara Cemetery where in peace and eternity she will rest with her beloved best friend, Vernon.

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