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Jean M Turner

October 29, 1934March 3, 2020

Jean M. Turner, 85, of Arlington, Virginia, passed away suddenly on March 3, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John Turner of Arlington, VA; her daughter Jean Turner Carter and son-in-law Dan Carter of Little Rock, AR; her granddaughters Catie Thacker (DJ) of Southaven, MS and Christen Carter (Hugh) of Little Rock, AR; her grandson Payne Carithers of El Dorado, KS; and her great-granddaughter Elaine Thacker of Southaven, MS. She was preceded in death by her daughter Jan Turner Carithers. She was born in Oklahoma City and moved with her family to Lafayette County, Arkansas at a young age. She was a graduate of Lewisville High School. She attended her beloved Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR; and graduated from the University of Memphis. Before moving to Arlington over 36 years ago, Jean and John lived in several cities and towns in Arkansas and Tennessee.

Leadership was a pattern throughout her adult life in church, community, and professional pursuits. Jean worked as a speech pathologist in the Crossett, AR and Savannah, TN Public School Systems. She worked in the Agency Liaison Team at the Clinton White House. She served six years on the Southern Arkansas University Foundation Board in various capacities, including Board Chair. She was honored by SAU with its Distinguished Alumni Award. Jean was a member of the Washington Golf & Country Club, where she was an avid tennis and duplicate bridge player. She was a member of Cherrydale United Methodist Church.

Jean loved to travel and led her family and friends on many wonderful trips throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. These will be among our fondest memories of Jean. Service and burial arrangements are being made in Little Rock, AR. Condolences may be offered at www.murphyfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jean’s memory to SAU Foundation, 100 E. University MSC 9174, Magnolia, AR 71753.


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Cheryl Kastner

March 9, 2020

I knew Jean through her daughter Jan. Jan and I were close friends, and through the years I got to know both her Mom and Dad. What terrific people!

Jean was beautiful, elegant, sharp as a whip, and a delight to visit with! My heart goes out to her family.

Joan Cronan

March 8, 2020

Jean & I met on a shuttle bus at the USOpen & became immediate friends. Went to many USOpens & then attended the SEC Basketball tournaments together with John & Tom. We pulled for Tn & LSU & of course she was avid ARKANSAS.

What a leader & zest for life. Loved her family
I will miss her.
Thoughts & prayers for her family

Sheila Moore

March 6, 2020

Jean and I were doubles partners for many fun years. We used to joke that she was the strategy and I was the legs( being somewhat younger). The strategy was far and away the more important part! We spent many wonderful times at the U.S. Open Tennis- compliments of John. She was an elegant and formidably smart friend.