Hildred Christine Turner entered her heavenly home on November 26, 2020. She was born in Incline, Kentucky to John and Alice Turner on February 25, 1922. She was the most extraordinary lady who lived her 98 years to the fullest. She was known as Momma, Mother, Mamaw, Aunt Teen and Chris to the hundreds of people who came into contact with her.
She grew up with two brothers, Alonzo and Lloyd Turner, and a sister, Cleo Turner Hoskins. She attended Pine Mountain Settlement School and Red Bird High School before graduating from Loyall High School. She and her sister were sent to college to pursue teaching careers.
She touched the lives of countless students over her thirty years of teaching. She boarded with a family and taught school at Cranks Creek. Later, she taught in a two-room school on Straight Creek and drove a yellow paneled, small school bus to pick up her students. Years later, she taught at Green Hills Elementary and Loyall Elementary.
Her years of teaching were not consecutive. She married Marion Turner from Napier, Ky and raised three daughters. He joined the Air Force and was involved in three wars over his thirty-year career. They lived on several military bases. It wasn’t anything for her to have to move her family on very short notice. Like many military wives, she was alone to take care of her girls when her husband would go overseas. They retired and moved to Harlan in 1970. She finished her career at Loyall Elementary.
At this time, she was able to spend time doing what she loved most...helping take care of her extended family. Anyone who ever met her found out how much she loved her family. She helped take care of her sister, moved her Mother and Dad into her home and kept her daughter, Hilda, before they passed on. Her four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren were the “loves of her life.” She was known by her nieces and nephews as the beloved Aunt Teen. She was absolutely the “Matriarch” of the Turner clan.
She also became a world traveler with her traveling buddies everywhere. She visited several foreign countries, enjoyed many cruises, and was the life of the party on lots of bus tours. She once took a helicopter ride and walked on a glacier on one of her Alaska cruises.
She never forgot her church. When we were growing up, she took us to church every time the doors opened. We went Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. She made sure we knew what was right and what was wrong.
She taught us to be God-fearing, family loving, hardworking, strong people who could enjoy this life. We will never forget her and her life lessons. She was one of a kind!!Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Turner, daughter, Hilda Kaye Turner Mitchell, an infant daughter, her parents, John L. and Alice Turner, her sister, Cleo Turner Hoskins, two brothers, Alonzo (Gladys) Turner and Lloyd (Margaret) Turner.
She is survived by daughters, Sharon Gayle Jurgens and Robin (Michael) Howard. Four grandchildren Lisa (John) Lewis, Chrissy (Daniel) Moore, Blake (Bry) Mitchell, and Justin (Sarah) Howard. Eleven great-grandchildren: Jared Sizemore, Benjamin and Jacey Lewis, Abbi, Lily, Daniel, Brooklynn and Emily Moore, Kyleigh Mitchell, Will and Charlotte Howard.
In accordance with the November 20, 2020 of the COVID-19 event, by order the Kentucky Governor, all services shall be private.
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