Mary Alice Turner

June 27, 1938September 15, 2020

Mary Alice Turner, age 82, of Memphis, TN, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Mary was born June 27, 1938 in Memphis, TN. She was a teacher and principal in the Dallas area for over 40 years. She loved to travel and was able to take her teaching talents to Japan where she lived and taught for several years. Mary was also an active and joyful member of Germantown Presbyterian Church. Among her favorite volunteer opportunities was the time she spent tutoring at Binghampton Christian Academy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest G. Turner and Alice Parsons Turner, one brother, James E. Turner, and one sister, Halley Turner Neal. Mary is survived by her beloved sister-in-law, Kay Turner, four nephews, David Neal (Janet), Brett Neal, Matthew Neal (Shawn), John Turner (Jennifer), three nieces, Jill Levesque (John), Kelly Lavender (Tim), Mary Anita Burke (Matt), and many great nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 10am, on Saturday, October 3, 2020 with a visitation held 30 minutes prior, at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700, N. Germantown Parkway Bartlett, TN 38133.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to Germantown Presbyterian Church, 2363 South Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN 38138.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Turner family.


  • Ernest G. Turner and Alice Parsons Turner, Parents (deceased)
  • James E. Turner, Brother (deceased)
  • Halley Turner Neal, Sister (deceased)
  • Kay Turner, Sister-in-law
  • David Neal (Janet), Nephew
  • Brett Neal, Nephew
  • Matthew Neal (Shawn), Nephew
  • John Turner (Jennifer), Nephew
  • Jill Levesque (John), Niece
  • Kelly Lavender (Tim), Niece
  • Mary Anita Burke (Matt), Niece
  • She also leaves behind many great nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

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  • Germantown Presbyterian Church


  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 3, 2020


Mary Alice Turner

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Mary Alice Turner

September 30, 2020

We are sorry to hear of the home going of Aunt Mary. She loved her family dearly and everyone she met. Our sincere sympathy and prayers to each of her family members.

Ann Dean

September 28, 2020

Mary Alice hired me in 1993 at Arapaho elementary and we began some very special years at this school. I often look back at those days and smile. I am still at Arapaho and though things have changed in education I am so lucky to have so many memories and laughs.

Dorothy Woodward

September 28, 2020

It was a joy and a privilege to have known Mary Alice for over fifty years; her friendship has meant so much to me. Her intelligence, quick wit, compassion and kindness were in evidence every day and made a lasting impact on all who knew her. Mary Alice's dedication to education will be long remembered by her former students and colleagues as well. May the Turner family derive some measure of comfort in knowing that their grief is shared by many.

Leslie Wallis-Durham

September 26, 2020

She was a ray of sunshine with a charming southern accent.


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