Margaret Jean Iverson peacefully passed away September 12, 2012 surrounded by family. Jean was a strong and vibrant woman who lived in her Paso Robles home until just weeks prior to her diagnosis with an advanced stage of cancer. In the final weeks of life she kept her positive attitude and sense of humor, visiting with numerous friends and family who traveled from near and as far away as Hawaii, North Carolina and New York.
Jean was born in Atascadero, CA and was a lifelong resident of Atascadero and Paso Robles. She was preceded in death in 2010 by her husband of 54 years, Max Iverson. Jean and Max, grew up as childhood friends and neighbors in Atascadero. Some of their fondest times in marriage included international adventures along with countless motorhome trips within the United States.
In 1951 Jean began her 30-year career as a telephone operator for Pacific Telephone Company. Jean had the distinct honor of being the first operator to complete a call over satellite. Jean treasured having worked on the old telephone switchboard equipment that is now in local historical museums. Through the majority of her employment direct dialing did not exist. Instead she worked with other distant operators to build-up circuits going from one large city to another. During her 31 years of retirement, following her career, she and the other operators from the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo offices continued their unique bond by regularly meeting for birthday lunches and other special events.
Jean participated in a variety of arts and crafts throughout her life. Most recently she utilized her crocheting skills by making and donating baby blankets to area hospitals. She was also an active member of the Templeton Women’s Club, a volunteer kitchen assistant at the Paso Robles Senior Center and an annual volunteer for the Pioneer Day events. Another of her favorite past times was gardening, which ranged from flowers to fruits and vegetables.
Jean continued to find great pride in her family’s heritage and was keen to ensure that current and future generations were aware of their family history. In 1994 she assisted to coordinate and host a large family reunion bringing about 100 family members to Paso Robles from across the U.S. and Norway.
Jean is survived by her son Jim Finch (Barbara); and four stepchildren Nancy Ross, Richard Iverson (Kim), Dennis Iverson (Francie) and Kay Hinson (Monty). She is further survived by 18 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A service in remembrance of Jean will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Atascadero Pine Mountain Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Templeton Women’s Civic Club at 601 Main St., Templeton, CA 93465.
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