OBITUARY

Mary A. Turner

October 13, 1938March 17, 2020

Mary Angela Turner, of W. Melbourne, FL, passed away at home after giving her all in her fight against cancer on March 17th-St. Patrick’s Day-surrounded by her loving family. She was 81 years old.

She was born October 13th, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY. She was predeceased by her parents, Theodore & Antoinette, her younger sister Bernadette, as well as her former husband Lee H. Turner, whom she married in 1955.

Mary is survived by her three devoted children: Lee Turner, Jr. of Manchester, NH; Daryn Turner of Weare, NH; and Taralyn Turner Quigley & son-in-law Edward, of W. Melbourne, FL; her 3 beloved grandchildren: Angela Quigley, Shauna Turner & Logan Quigley; her sister Barbara & brother-in-law Frank; her brother Ted & sister-in-law Debbie, along with several nieces, nephews & cousins.

During her well-lived lifetime, she was many things! To name a few: a prayerful Catholic, a dancer-especially ballet, an artist, a pilot, an adventurer, a floral designer, a supportive hockey mom, a musician, a Stephen’s Minister, a CNA caregiver. She was glamorous, classy and graceful, yet down to earth & outdoorsy - equally at home in the city as she was in the country. She was never without a giant makeup collection and always had to have her lipstick on. When at the kitchen table, she was rarely without a book in her hand, especially a good romance novel. She loved Days of Our Lives, mysteries, and any sappy Christmas love story on TV.

Later in her life, while living in Colorado with her daughter & her family, she discovered her gift of playing the Native American flute. At Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, she frequently played at church services & sang in the choir. One of her most satisfying activities was playing the flute for the elderly who were homebound and in nursing homes. She also played the Irish bodhrán drum & tin whistle, and just loved making music with her eldest son Lee at many an Irish session. She made friends in an instant & spread love & joy wherever she went!

Mary leaves behind a legacy of selfless love, warmth & tenderness. She embraced life fully, but to her, simply being a mother and raising her family was her greatest accomplishment. Her loving, accepting, gentle presence will be greatly missed by her entire family, her friends, and anyone who knew & loved her.

Private services are being handled by Fountainhead Funeral Home in Palm Bay, FL. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later time in Southern NY State. Online condolences may be sent to: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/palm-bay-fl/mary-turner-9089734

Her family requests that those wishing to make a charitable donation in her honor to please do so with any hospice charity of your choice.

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Sandra Peterson

March 26, 2020

Taralyn and family, so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom . One of my fond memories of Mary, was always digging in the dirt. We both had a love of flowers. I remember the day she told me she was going to take flying lessons. I said good for you, that was something I would have loved to do also. At least she did it. Mary was one of the most outgoing person I have ever known. I loved her enthusiasm and quick wit. She can’t help but be missed by all that have known her. At least I got to enjoy her while she lived in Norwood. She was a special lady. Wishing you all good memories of her.

Marianne (Tootsie) Matott

March 26, 2020

Love you guys sorry for the loss of your mom sending my condolences and prayers god bless

Doreen Amico

March 25, 2020

Will always have fond memories of Aunt Mary, soft spoken, warm and comfortable to be around. She will be missed. Rest peacefully Aunt Mary.

Tammy Sawyer Clark

March 25, 2020

I was saddened to read of the passing of your mom today on North Country Now. Your mom was a beautiful women. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Losing a parent is hard, especially your mom. Try to focus on the happy times and know that she will always be with you in spirit. Fondly TammyClark

Shari Coontz

March 24, 2020

To the Turner family so sorry for your loss. Shari Simons Coontz

Mary sue Harris-foster

March 23, 2020

Tara and family, my sympathies to you all. It's been almost 40 years since I spent time with all of you, but the acceptance, laughter and fun has remained with me always. Peace to all of you during these difficult times. May your memories always bring a smile...

Cindy Forbeck

March 23, 2020

I will never forget visiting Mary while Tara and Ed were on vacation. She would sit at the table and we would talk about everything!! Old and new, dance and music. Her accent still rings through my heart. Hugs and love.

Brenda French

March 23, 2020

Our condolences to the Turner family. Mary was a pure joy to be around. She will be missed dearly and remembered fondly by the LaBarge family. Rest in Peace!

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