Edith Marie Brown-Turner
February 23, 1927 – April 9, 2019
Edith Marie (Metcalf) Brown Turner, 92, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in the Bethany Grace Nursing Home. She is survived by three sons, Jimmy Brown and wife Barbara, Tommie Brown and wife Sandra, and David Brown and wife Nicole; four grandchildren, Kelly Peavler, Matt Brown, Curtis Brown, and Christi Brown; and seven great grandchildren. Edith was born in Devol, Oklahoma February 23, 1927 to J.M. and Shanna Metcalf, for which she was the youngest of six sisters. Her early childhood went from Devol to Hollene, New Mexico where she entered the 1st grade at the age of four. When she turned seven, the family moved to Bethany, Oklahoma and Edith was passed from the fourth grade to the sixth. This made her fourteen entering into her senior year of high school. As World War II was approaching, all the girls were marrying their beaus before shipping out. So at fourteen years old, Edith’s beau was Ralph S. Brown, Jr. of Bethany. They married and were together until he preceded her in death in 1988. That union produced her three sons, Jimmie, Tommie, and David. A few years after Ralph’s death, Edith remarried to William (Bill) V. Turner and they were married until his death in 2008. In 1956, while being a homemaker raising her children, Edith went to school and became a licensed beautician and started one of the first (if not the first) beauty shop in Bethany. She was a very talented and well-known artist. She was also instrumental in helping start Grace Rescue Mission on Exchange Ave. in the late 1950’s. Edith was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Bethany. She was a good Christian, always thinking of others before herself, and she will be greatly missed by those who knew her. Memorial services will be held 2pm Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Bill Merritt Funeral Chapel.
- Memorial Service Thursday, April 18, 2019