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Elizabeth "Libby" Turner Platt

November 9, 1940May 16, 2020

Elizabeth “Libby” Turner Platt, 79, of Le Claire, Iowa passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at her home after a brief time in hospice. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Weerts Funeral Home and online. Invitations will be sent to family members and friends who can attend in person and a link can be shared with others as needed.

Elizabeth was born on November 9, 1940 to Theodore and Mary Turner in Omaha, Nebraska. She grew up in Corning, Iowa with three sisters and one brother. She was united in marriage to Charles Turner in 1964, she later married Lloyd Platt in 1993; they both preceded her in death. Elizabeth graduated from Macalester College in 1963. Her first career was as a medical technologist. She later went on to be a high school Russian language teacher. She loved to travel and was a peace activist. She went on two international peace walks in U.S.S.R with her dad and her daughter. Another adventure was a ride across Iowa with both her daughters on RAGBRAI. Elizabeth was also very active in her church life.

Those left to honor her memory are her daughters Aletheia Turner and Mary Turner (Chad Davis); grandson Theodore “Teddy” Turner Hoover; twin sister Laura “Lolly” Okey Hoffman; sisters Jane Cooper and Cathy Remington; brother Ted Turner; and her beloved friend Ferenc Biewel. She was preceded in death by her husbands Charles Turner and Lloyd Platt.

Memorials in Elizabeth's name may be made to the Iowa Arboretum and Gardens in Madrid, Iowa.


  • Theodore Turner, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Turner, Mother (deceased)
  • Aletheia Turner, Daughter
  • Mary Turner (Chad Davis), Daughter
  • Theodore "Teddy" Turner Hoover, Grandson
  • Laura "Lolly" Okey Hoffman, twin sister
  • Jane Cooper, Sister
  • Cathy Remington, Sister
  • Ted Turner, Brother
  • Ferenc Biewel, beloved friend
  • She was preceded in death by her husbands Charles Turner and Lloyd Platt.

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  • Iowa Arboretum and Gardens


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Elizabeth "Libby" Turner Platt

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Ana Kapparos

May 22, 2020

I was lucky to visit Aunt Libby at her home in LeClaire two summers ago. She was so proud to show me all the rooms and the yard. We were having a nice talk in her house when I have my first really strong Hot flash and can’t stop sweating! It was kinda funny. Loved seeing her and her beautiful home❤️
... summer before she made the trip to our sons graduation ... I have a couple pictures from that day that I will share.
....I loved when she came to Kim’s shows so that we could have a chat as well. I have many good memories from when I was young going to her house and getting to hang out with our cousins. Love you Aunt Libby❤️❤️❤️

Lesley Turner (Jack Wagoner)

May 22, 2020

Libby came to visit our family when we lived in Brazil when I was nine or ten. I wanted to show her how I could climb a large mango tree. I was surprised by how she was genuinely interested in me and watched me the entire time. She watched me until I could climb no higher and was still waiting for me when I descended. It made an impression. She was patient and kind always with me.
In my senior year of Algona high school, Kitty brought me down to Corning so we could become reacquainted. Ali was a toddler infected with chickenpox. Libby told me years later how sorry she was for exposing me. She assumed everyone had had chicken pox!
I saw her many times in Corning. She would make a special trip out to see me when I went to visit Almira by myself. Years later, she brought her teenagers to visit me in Berkeley; she introduced me to Ted Feldshar when he was a college student. She always connected me to my extended family because she knew how growing up in Brazil had made it impossible, and how wonderful it made me feel. As adults we took care of Kitty in Santa Barbara and had a great visit at the same time. She introduced me to the Sanders family from her Mother’s side of the family, which led to many memorable fourth of Julys out in Modesto for my children. I loved her sense of humor and playfulness. The laughter and conversation never stopped. She and Lolly have been like a velcro that has bound me to the Turner family in Iowa after my Aunts Almira and Kitty were gone.
I will miss her gentle and thoughtful ways.

Kathy DeVore

May 21, 2020

Whether sharing a delicious meal or a competitive game of Scrabble or Bananagrams around the table at Jane and Phil’s, the Turner gals are always the most delightful, caring, and personable company. It will not be the same without Libby—missing her already. May the family be blessed in celebrating her life and comforted in mourning her absence. She certainly touched and blessed my life. 💐

Jen Fuller

May 21, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Sending Love and Condolences to your family, Mary. You'll all be in our thoughts!

Marge Offenbacker

May 21, 2020

On behalf of the Corning, Iowa Class of 1959 we extend sincere sympathy to all of Libby's loved ones. Libby was an inspiration to all who knew her to just be better people. She was excellent!

Dick Wereley

May 20, 2020

Libby was always a gracious, thoughtful, compassionate person who loved nature and gardening, reading and books, and cultural activities of all kinds. That’s part of what brought her and Lloyd together. They both were intellectually curious, garden loving, Renaissance people. I always appreciated Libby’s sensitive care of Lloyd in his years of illness and her generous and devoted interest in restoring the Donaldson Room in First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, in memory of that former pastor who was part of Libby’s lineage. That room had been his church study when he was pastor. Hers was a beautiful life well lived!

Ann Lloyd

May 20, 2020

Ali and Teddy, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could have met the force known as Libby. Always know you are supported and loved by your Wrestling Family. Love and many hugs, Ann

Lisa Beiwel

May 19, 2020

I am so sorry Libby died. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

I appreciated Libby's sense of humor. When Libby, my father Ferenc, and I spent time together, we all laughed a lot.

Thanks to God for the life of Libby. She is a gift.


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