Ann Turner Cargile
April 10, 1924 – October 7, 2019
After a long family-centered life, our mom, Ann Turner Cargile, passed away on Monday, the 7th of October. She was 95.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bessie Bishop Turner; siblings, Sally Turner, Mary Kuckelman, Jack Turner and Jane Reichart; and sons-in-law, Gene McMeans and W. Patrick McDonald. Surviving are her daughters, Cynthia Cargile McMeans, Priscilla McDonald, Jacqueline Jones and Karen (Michael) Kelly; grandchildren, Pat (Brittany) McDonald, Christopher (Cynthia) Freeman, John Freeman, Braswell Turner (Tara) McMeans, Jeffery (Catherine) Freeman, Elizabeth Kelly and Lelia Ann Kelly; eight great grandchildren, Brooks McDonald, Brittany LeSerra, Rylan McDonald, Daniel Showers, Braswell M. McMeans, Kendall Dougherty, Harlow Freeman and Daisy Ann Freeman; and other family and friends. Ann was born and grew up in Monrovia, Kansas. She acquired a love for and focus on family, home, church and community from her mother. She participated in 4H club and especially enjoyed home arts like sewing, baking and cooking. Sports were also important in her family, as participants’ and fans. Ann did track & field, including pole-vaulting, played baseball and ice-skated when the pond froze. Her family followed pro baseball by putting the radio in the window & sitting in the front yard with all the neighbors. Their church was the center of their community and Ann developed a close personal relationship with the Lord. She graduated from high school in 1942 with excellent shorthand and typing skills then went to work for the Department of Agriculture.
In the early 50s, she met Charles Jackson Cargile, Jr., an army officer, from the Mobile area. He was at Fort Riley retraining to ship out to Korea. They became engaged by mail, and married when he returned, though were divorced 17 years later. When she moved to Mobile, she brought the skills she had learned and interests she had developed with her. She organized and produced wonderful family meals for decades, including holidays, as the family expanded into multigenerations. As each grandchild, then great-grandchild came along, she was delighted and fell in love again. Everyone was so special to her. She stitched and smocked most of her girls’ holiday dresses. Before the girls came along, she would take the bus to Hartwell Field to see the Mobile Bears play, became a rabid Crimson Tide fan and avidly followed the Braves. Along with family, she attended many events at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Ann was active in civic and political organizations, serving as president in many. Back in the sixties, she was the first woman to run for City Commissioner.
She attended several churches over the years until Cottage Hill Baptist became her church home in Mobile. As her family, then work responsibilities lessened, she was able to participate more in church activities. Samaritan’s Purse was close to her heart but her passion was the homebound. Even after she became homebound herself, she continued her outreach by phone. Her faith, love, kindness and compassion meant so much to many.
She worked as a church secretary, then for the public Works department of the City of Mobile. After retirement, she enjoyed vacations with extended family across the US, including many in Orange Beach. In spite of poor health in her later years, we are grateful she was able to live out her life at her daughter Jackie’s home, surrounded by the love and support of her family and friends.
Celebration of Life services will be 3:00 PM, Monday, October 14, 2019, in the chapel of Pine Crest Funeral Home. Interment will immediately follow on the grounds of Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama.
The family will be receiving guests for visitation from 1:00 PM until time of service at 3:00 PM, Monday, October 14, 2019, at Pine Crest Funeral Home, Mobile, Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Samaritan’s Purse.
- Cynthia Cargile McMeans, Priscilla McDonald, Jacqueline Jones and Karen (Michael) Kelly, Daughters
- Pat (Brittany) McDonald, Christopher (Cynthia) Freeman, John Freeman, Braswell Turner (Tara) McMeans, Jeffery (Catherine) Freeman, Elizabeth Kelly and Lelia Ann Kelly, grandchildren
- Brooks McDonald, Brittany LeSerra, Rylan McDonald, Daniel Showers, Braswell M. McMeans, Kendall Dougherty, Harlow Freeman and Daisy Ann Freeman, great grandchildren
- John and Bessie Bishop Turner, Parents (deceased)
- Sally Turner, Mary Kuckelman, Jack Turner and Jane Reichart, siblings (deceased)
- Gene McMeans and W. Patrick McDonald, sons-in-law (deceased)
- Pat McDonald
- Christopher Freeman
- John Freeman
- Braswell McMeans
- Jeffery Freeman
- Elizabeth Kelly
- Lelia Ann Kelly
- Clint Freeman
- Visitation Monday, October 14, 2019
- Chapel Service Monday, October 14, 2019
- Committal Service Monday, October 14, 2019
Ann Turner Cargile
October 13, 2019
One Thanksgiving, around 1977 or 78, I was the first to arrive for the holiday dinner. I heard “Praise the Lord!” come from the living room which is never where Momo was with a dinner to finish. She said, “Karen, quick, go turn the oven off. The turkey is about to burn up!”
Momo was “stuck” in her platform rocker with Chris in one arm and John in the other. She had rocked them to sleep after consoling them. They were little and their mother was in the hospital and they didn't understand but Momo would rather burn the turkey (shudder) than wake those boys.
Momo loved entertaining and took great pride in providing a spectacular holiday meal. However, that was much less important than being with 2 of her grandchildren when they were distressed. She loved us all so much.
October 12, 2019
For me - Momo is best remembered at the beach! She cooked and the food was fantastic! We needed a trailer to haul it all down there. "No one is leaving until ALL of this silver queen corn is gone!!" Those were happy times that I was always sad to see end. She was a life force, making the very best of every situation. I will miss her but her common sense, no nonsense truths live on to guide me. A life well led, and now another angel freed from the pain of this life.
October 11, 2019
I believe my mom was a perfect example of a life well lived. Not in the sense of extensive travel, financial security or wide experiences. But in the way she stayed true to her character, faith & deep, abiding love not just for family, but for anyone who touched her life. She always saw the best side of everyone, & made you feel special. She'll always be my biggest cheerleader, now also our guardian angel.