OBITUARY

Willa Dean (Gross) Turner

October 3, 1929September 19, 2018
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Willa Dean Turner entered heaven on Sept. 19, 2018. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Cole Funeral Home with Mr. Samuel Embry officiating. Interment will follow in McGregor Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Friday, September 21st at the funeral home. Willa Dean was born on October 3, 1929 to Thomas and Doshia Gross in Tulsa, OK. Her family moved to the Texas Panhandle in the early 1930’s where she attended school in Phillips, Texas. After graduation, Willa Dean entered Business College in Tulsa OK before obtaining employment at Phillips Petroleum Company. It was there she met her future husband, Eddie Turner. The couple married in February 1950 and lived in Phillips before moving to McGregor, Texas in 1956. They called McGregor home for over 53 years living in the same house and among the same neighbors. As a young housewife and mother, Willa Dean was active in her daughters’ lives and with her church home, College Avenue Baptist Church. She loved working with children, evident by her teaching of Sunday school, Bible School and by being a troop leader in the Camp Fire Girls organization. Willa Dean also loved to stay physically active by bowling in organized leagues and participating in local exercise classes. In the mid 60’s Willa Dean re-entered the work force at Word Inc. in Waco, Texas retiring with 25 years of service. After retirement, Willa Dean assisted her niece Jeannie in the teaching of elementary students. This work lasted 10 years where Willa Dean became a favorite “Aunt Dean” among students and teachers and was honored with the distinction of Volunteer of the Year. Willa Dean is proceeded in death by her husband, Eddie Turner; parents, Thomas and Doshia Gross; infant son, Edward Boyd Turner, Jr.; and her dear sister, Colleen Braden. Survivors include her daughters, Carla Kueck and husband, Leslie of Rosenberg, Texas, Elaine Lippe and husband, David of Hewitt, Texas; grandchildren, Kristine Williams, Shana Mignery, Joseph Lippe, Justin Kueck; brother, Dr. John Allen Gross of Houston, Texas; sister, Thomasene Maple of Pueblo, Colorado; 9 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Willa Dean will be remembered by all for her wonderful sense of humor and sweet spirit. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Wesley Woods and Providence Hospice for their tender care of our precious mother during the last years of her life. In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to the Alzheimer Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Willa Dean is preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Turner; parents, Thomas and Doshia Gross; infant son, Edward Boyd Turner, Jr.; and her dear sister, Colleen Braden. Survivors include her daughters, Carla Kueck and husband, Leslie of Rosenberg, Texas, Elaine Lippe and husband, David of Hewitt, Texas; grandchildren, Kristine Williams, Shana Mignery, Joseph Lippe, Justin Kueck; brother, Dr. John Allen Gross of Houston, Texas; sister, Thomasene Maple of Pueblo, Colorado; 9 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 22, 2018
REMEMBERING

Willa Dean (Gross) Turner

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Bob Brim

October 21, 2018

Elaine and Carla,

I'm sorry for the loss of your mom. As you can see, I don't get online very often. I always enjoyed being around Mrs. Turner (old school habits prevent me from using her first name). She made everyone feel welcome. I'm lucky to have known her and the daughters she raised.

Becky ( Ridling ) Baird

September 21, 2018

I grew up living up the street from Mrs. Turner on Bowie Street in Mcgregor. She would keep Lori Lechler for Margaret and Ed while they worked. I would go down to Mrs. Turner`s house to play with Lori, as we were friends. Mrs. Turner made the best potato soup ever! She was a very sweet Christian lady. My mom loved her. We will see her again one day in heaven. What rejoicing there will be! Seeing Jesus and our loved ones and friends! God is good!!!

Belva Parham

September 21, 2018

My condolences to Willa Dean's family - I loved your little mother - she was sweet, always had a smile and was a dear friend to my mother. I always enjoyed being around her and look forward to it again some day. God bless each of you; my thoughts and prayers are with you during these days of sorrow.

Mary Graham

September 21, 2018

I have so many memories of Willa Dean through the years at work, at church and generally just as my friend. She was so sweet and we had lots of fun times together. My sympathies to the family. I know you will miss her, but she is with the Lord and the loved ones who have already gone on. She knows everyone and is free of the ills of this world. I will see her again and we can continue our friendship. May God bless each of you in the days ahead. I love you.

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