Born March 27, 1923 in Herrin, Mrs. Turner was a homemaker. She had also been employed as a clerk at the former Bullock’s Grocery in Grantsburg and the P.N. Hirsch Store in Vienna.
Mrs. Turner had also worked as an attendant at the Mount Shelter Care Home and as a housemother at the Mooseheart residential childcare facility. Through the years, she also provided housekeeping and childcare for a number of families, including the Housewright and Bullock families.
Mrs. Turner was a member of Belknap Pentecostal Church and had been a member of the former Grantsburg Baptist Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Mathis and husband Tommy of Vienna; three granddaughters, Sheila Reichert and husband Rick of Vienna and Tamri Huckelberry and Christy Kennedy and husband Michael, all of Metropolis; one stepson, Jerry Turner and wife Geraldine of Carrier Mills; three stepdaughters, Nadine Sims of Marion, Diane Parks and husband Charles of Stonefort and Judy Turner of Golconda; four stepgrandchildren, Steve Shaw of Pittsburg, Dexter Parks of Stonefort, Brian Turner and wife Angie of Springfield and Kim Farthing and husband David of Carrier Mills; several stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Sam Simmons and wife Imogene of Vienna and Lee Simmons of Carterville; one sister, Rosemary Hight and husband Larry of Anna; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 35 years, Charles Estes Jr.; her second husband of 16 years, Elmer Riley Turner; her father, William D. Simmons; her mother, Violet Slankard Simmons Wallace; her stepfather, Jim Wallace; an infant daughter, Myrna June Estes; one stepgrandson, Mike Shaw; and three brothers, Harry Simmons, Thomas Simmons and Charles David “Bub” Wallace.
Funeral service was held Tuesday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna with Pastor Kenneth Capps officiating. Burial followed at Wartrace Cemetery, west of Grantsburg.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4503 W. DeYoung St., Suite 200C, Marion, IL 62959; or to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 98, Vienna, IL 62995.