Alma Lee Thoreen, a former and long-time resident of the Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning died peacefully on June 6, 2019 in her home in Laguna Hills where she had moved just four years ago to be closer to her daughter.
She and her husband Art Thoreen, recognizing the wonderful amenities that Sun Lakes provided, moved from Costa Mesa to Sun Lakes when it was in its infancy as a community in the 1990s.
Alma Lee, better known to her friends as Lee, was born in Paris, Texas, the daughter of James I. Whitlock and Dessie (Kimbrough) Whitlock on Aug. 24, 1925.
She moved to California as a newlywed at the end of world War II.
She was a stay-at-home mom while her children were small and later worked as a bank teller, a real estate agent, and a Mary Kay cosmetics salesperson.
She had a full and active life while living at Sun Lakes.
She participated in almost anything that had to due with dancing, her first love.
She was a member of several of the clubs in the community including the Friendship Club, the International Culture Club, and the Red Hat Society.
She loved dressing up for any of the fancy events and was at the head of the line to buy her tickets.
She loved to travel to exotic places and signed up for several of the tours offered.
She celebrated her 90th birthday in the South Clubhouse with her family and friends before her health started to fail and she elected to move to Laguna Hills.
Alma Lee is survived by her two daughters, Regina Jacobson of Laguna Beach, and Vicki Bullard of Smithtown, N.Y.; four grandchildren: Natalie, Evan, Brittany, and Ryan; and ninegreat-grandchildren: Cole, Sidnei, Alexis, Sofie, Dmitri, Dylan, Haley, Tyler, and Parker.
Memorial services for Alma will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019 at The Wellington Assisted Living, 24903 Moulton Parkway, Laguina Hills, Calif. Interment will take place the next day, June 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, Plot 56B, 0, 1297 where she will be buried with her husband Arthur Thoreen.