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PAULA PETERSEN Paula Thore Petersen, 84, retired hospitality and casino executive of Las Vegas, passed away Aug. 26, 2013. Paula was born June 11, 1929, to Oliver Clifton Thore ande Beatrice Paula Kiggins, in San Diego. As a child, Paula grew up in a Naval family, and survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor taking shelter under the bedding at the family's base housing. Paula finished her schooling in southern California, where she was also crowned Miss Compton and Miss Long Beach. After completing her studies at Compton Junior College, Paula moved to Las Vegas in the 1950's. Her hospitality career began as a cocktail server at the Sand's Hotel at that time. Paula soon met Murray Petersen and they were married September 1956. Paula and Murray started their family and she soon had daughter, Marley, then son, Murray. Paula experienced the untimely death of her husband September 1963. She then joined Westward Ho Properties and began a career of various hotel and casino management positions with Westward Ho Casino and Hotel. Paula later remarried Jack N. Hurd, and then had a third child, Darbi Colleen Hurd. Paula worked in various capacities at Westward Ho for the next 30 years before retiring in the 1990's. Paula loved spending family time at holidays and family travel in particular to Brianhead, Utah, and Laguna Beach, Calif. In addition to her professional and family life, Paula was a tireless, energetic member of the University Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. She participated in numerous events, always looking forward to the impact the annual telethon generated. Within the family, Paula is best remembered as the embodiment of holidays, most notably Christmas. Her house decorations and affinity for gift giving stretch the imagination-and could only be understood by actual participation. It was not uncommon for Paula to have as many as three Christmas trees, all full of presents and surprises for her family and loved ones. Her house was always the most lighted and brightest with lights and decorations on every possible spot. Paula is survived by her daughters, Marley and Darby; son, Murray; granddaughters, Yvette Wideen, Ashley, Seanie and Hailey Petersen; great-grandson, Noah Wideen; great-granddaughter, Sophia Patros; nieces; nephews; and best buddy, Josi Petersen. Paula will be missed by all who knew her and all who loved her. She will be remembered by all. A true celebration of Paula Petersen will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug.30, at Palm Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd.

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