Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

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Betty M Turnbull

October 4, 1932January 30, 2020

Betty M. Turnbull passed peacefully into the Lord’s presence on January 30, 2020, at Carolina Caring, surrounded by her family. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 4, 1932, the only child of John and Katie Montgomery. She grew up hearing the gospel at the Pawtucket Gospel Hall. On April 30, 1944, at eleven years of age, while listening to a radio preacher speak about Isaiah 53:5, Betty understood that the Lord Jesus took the punishment for her sins and trusted Him as her Savior. She later taught Sunday School in Pawtucket. Betty married Robert Turnbull on April 30, 1960 – choosing that date in honor of the day she trusted Christ. She moved to Michigan where three children were born to them: Tom, David, and Jean. She was active in the Stark Road Gospel Hall throughout her time in Michigan. In 1981 they moved to Statesville, North Carolina for employment where they were active in the Hickory Gospel Hall. In 1990 another employment change took them to Mansfield, Ohio where they enjoyed fellowship with the believers at the Mansfield Gospel Hall. The Lord brought the family back together in North Carolina in 1994. In 1996, her husband Robert went home to heaven. Betty remained in North Carolina and spent many happy years in fellowship with the believers in Hickory. Betty loved entertaining in the home and was given to hospitality. She shared her love of reading with her nine grandchildren and enjoyed playing games and spending time with them. Wherever she lived, she was always quick to adopt new friends and make them part of her family circle. Her words of encouragement and wisdom and her prayers for everyone will be greatly missed. Left to mourn her passing are her three children, Tom (Debbie) of Canton, MI, David (Ginny) of Claremont, NC, and Jean (Ed) Martin of Jackson, MI, her nine grandchildren, and many others who loved her.

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.


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Betty M Turnbull

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Elton and Dorene Decker

February 1, 2020

We wish to express our sympathy in the loss of your mother. We spent much time with Bob and Betty and family while they were in Michigan. We enjoyed many happy times together. May you know much of the Lord's comfort at this time. Betty will be surely missed by all. Elton and Dorene

Dale & Yvonne Decker

February 1, 2020

We would like to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear Mother. We will always remember Betty as such a friendly and happy person. The joy of the Lord was her strength and it certainly showed up in her outlook on life! Much Christian Love from Dale & Yvonne Decker

Naomi Draper

February 1, 2020

Our family is sorry for your loss. We have good memories of time spent with Bob & Betty when we were growing up. The fellowship and laughs are how we remember our time with them. Know that we will continue praying for you all. With love from Dave & Naomi Draper & family

Elizabeth Vallance

February 1, 2020

Betty and Bob were dear friends of ours when they lived in Michigan. So many happy memories of times we spent together. Betty was a special person, a godly example and a true friend. We kept in touch and in later years, enjoyed having lunch together when she visited Michigan. Warm memories.

Kurt and Wilma Petterson

February 1, 2020

A dear friend and sister in the Lord. We share many happy memories with Betty and Bob. Until we meet again. Love in Christ.

Debra Bishop

February 1, 2020

Betty was such a kind and loving person. I know she will be missed. Sorry to hear of her passing, but happy she's with the Lord.