Obituary for Elizabeth (Liz) May (Thomas) Testerman, 87
–With our deepest sorrow we announce that, Elizabeth (Liz) May (Thomas) Testerman, died on March 2nd 2019, after succumbing to a long battle with heart disease at the age of 87.
Liz was born Nov 3rd, 1931 in San Luis Obispo, CA but grew up on Union Rd, just east of Paso Robles and attended the Union school until going onto the Paso Robles High School where she graduated in 1949.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Marvin Testerman, her parents, Howard and Faye Thomas, her brother John Thomas, a sister Marie (Thomas) Bowers and granddaughter Angelia Tungate, all from Paso Robles, CA. She was the youngest of four children, her sister Alice (Thomas) Dressel survives. She is survived by her daughter, Sharil (Testerman) Rutkowski of Paso Robles, CA and her son, John Testerman of Gallatin, TN, and step-daughter Zenda (Testerman) Brown of Colorado Springs, CO. Nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She started her career as a nanny and house keeper. She went on to be a dietary cook at Camp Roberts moving on to cooking at various ranches in Carrizo Plain and Shandon areas. She was a self-employed sales person, selling everything door to door like encyclopedias, Watkins as well as many others and in home painting and craft classes, all along designing and making jewelry for gifts and for sale. Later she became an independent mail carrier for over 25 years, servicing the Paso Robles, Shandon, and Cholame areas. She also enjoyed owning and operating an antique store in Atascadero (The Country Friends) and traveling the antique show circuit for a number of years. Many will remember her for her 58 continuous years having a commercial booth at the Mid State Fair where she loved the people who would stop and talk about her crafts or old times together. Her friends always knew where to find her and her booth.
Her family and friends will be celebrating her life on Saturday May 4, from 2-4 at the Vines RV Resort, 3 miles north of Paso Robles on US HWY 101. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum or the Paso Robles Children’s Library in her name.