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Fern Turner, "Our Mom, Our Grammy"


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Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, Dorothy Fern Ingram Turner, age 97, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 of causes incident to age.

Our mom was born July 3, 1916 on the family farm west of Stillwater, Okla., the last of six children of Charles and Cora Beard Ingram. She had her early education in Stillwater and graduated from Oklahoma A & M (now OSU) in 1939. She was a dedicated school teacher for 26 years, retiring in 1981.

She met our dad, Kirk Turner, at a college dance and they were married Sept. 21, 1941 in Stillwater. Their marriage was solemnized in the Mesa, Ariz., LDS Temple in 1961. They were devoted to each other for 52 years until our dad passed away in 1993. They have two daughters Judy Turner, of Midvale and Brenda (Sam) Rawson, of Price. She was "Grammy" and adored six grandchildren and 10 "great-grands".

In 1948, after the end of World War II and graduate school, they settled in Lubbock, Texas where our dad was a college professor and where they would live and raise their daughters for the next 36 years. Their family became one of the pioneer families in the small LDS branch there. They joined their faith and testimony with the little band of members who grew in strength and numbers, eventually being blessed with the presence of a temple in 2002.

They moved to West Jordan in 1984 to be closer to their daughters and families. She was a convert to the LDS faith and from that point on fully embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ, serving in numerous callings throughout her life. She was faithful in visiting teaching into her late 80's. She volunteered her time at the LDS Church Office Building and in the Jordan River Temple. She was proud of her early American ancestry and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Music of all kinds was one of her hobbies, but flower gardening was her passion. Her yard and flower beds were a sight to behold! She loved her family without equal and all things Oklahoma.

Although she left her home state in 1941 as a new bride, Oklahoma forever held her heart. She was always looking forward to her next trip to Stillwater and her two older sisters to whom she was devoted. We know how happy she is to be reunited with them and with our dad.

She is the last surviving member of her family, being preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers; three sisters. She leaves behind her two daughters; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one niece and four nephews.

We wish to express heartfelt gratitude to Heirloom Inn, Pinnacle Nursing & Rehab and Beehive Home, all of Price, and to all of her care givers who have lovingly cared for our mom and grammy the last few years of her life.

In our garden of life, our mom was a rose. We will miss her presence in our lives but know after a season, we will all be together again forever.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at the West Jordan City Cemetery, 1300 W. 7800 S. where friends are invited to join with the family. Arrangements under the direction of McDougal Funeral Home.

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