Marie was a 1935 graduate of Benton High School. Her senior year she was "Miss Benton" and named to National Honor Society. She graduated from St. Joseph Junior College in 1937 and Maryville State Teachers College in 1939. While there she was honored in Who's Who Book of America and a member of 1939 Royalty. She went on to teach physical education at Chillicothe High School.
She married Carl E. Turner of St. Joseph in 1940 and became a co-owner of Turner Plumbing and Heating. They shared a loving, devoted marriage for fifty-six years.
Mrs. Turner was a Girl Scout leader, home room mother, and active PTA member. She was also active in the St. Joseph Boat Club, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Y Women, Sewing Club, Stroke Club, Pearl Chapter OES, Bosian Eastern Star, Promenaders Square Dance and So-Dance.
She was passionate about her family and church, a great role model for leading a Christian life. She was proud to be a member of Francis Street First United Methodist Church for ninety-one years (joining in 1922). She also had a passion and ministry for remembering others. She delighted and amazed many by remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions with her cards.
After a major debilitating stroke at age forty-one, she, with the help of Carl, was able to lead a full and productive life and inspire all around her. She had a real joy for living, an amazing spirit and POSITIVE attitude. Her love of people and life will be remembered by all she touched. She will be greatly missed by family and friends, especially her daughters.
Marie was preceded in death by husband; parents; and sister, Dorothy Riley.
Survivors: daughters, Gale Turner, Florence, Massachusetts, Vickie Abell (Dick), Anchorage, Alaska; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families.
Services: 1:00 P.M. Thursday, Francis Street First United Methodist Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 5:00 P.M. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Francis Street First United Methodist Church, Three Rivers Hospice, The Arthritis Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.