March 7, 1946 – May 25, 2019
Hope (Harrington) Turner, 73, of Barrington, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, after a 35-year battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family and friends, with excellent final care at the CCU at Rhode Island Hospital.
Hope was born in Providence, RI to the late Geneva (Ellis) Harrington and late William C. Harrington, both of Barrington. She was raised in Barrington, where she graduated from Barrington High School in 1964. In 1966, she graduated from Vernon Court Junior College in Newport, RI.
She was the wife of Jack L. Turner Jr. of El Dorado, AR and the proud mother of Stephanie Turner of Barrington, RI, married to Robbie Mantooth; Justin Turner of South Windsor, CT; and Joshua Turner, married to Jessica (Bullock) Turner of Montpelier, VT. She adored her three grandchildren, Stephanie and Robbie’s sons Liam and Aidan Mantooth, and Joshua and Jess’ daughter, Lily Hope Turner. Hope also leaves two brothers, Mark E. Harrington of Boston, MA and William C. Harrington Jr. of Campton, NH; and many wonderful nieces and nephews and their spouses and children.
Most importantly, Hope was the smiling face at Barrington Middle school and Hampden Meadows School, where she greeted children and parents daily for many years. Whatever their problems were, Hope helped solve them. She particularly loved the children and always made the students feel happy and secure. After 30 years of employment, Hope retired in June of 2016 to an adoring crowd of fellow colleagues, school officials, and many friends who held a retirement banquet at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. After retirement she volunteered at the school, reading books to the classes. She loved her Barrington School family, and she will be missed by so many.
She was a busy mother, leading Brownie troops, getting the boys to Cub Scouts and all the sports they played. She was a Little League softball coach, always making sure everyone played. It was more important to her that the players had fun than win a game. Opening day was always special to her and her children, when the ceremony was held at Harrington Field in Haines Park, named in honor of her late father who was one of the founders of Little League in Barrington.
She was a lover of nature, planting beautiful gardens in her yard and picking wild flowers whenever and wherever she could. She knew all the flowers’ names and loved all creatures big and small that lived in her yard. It was always exciting when a mother fox made her den in her backyard and she could watch the kits play. She loved the beach and many memories were made of summers spent at the family beach house in Matunuck, RI.
She always had a kind word for everyone and had so many friends that she loved to help and in the past years helped her, although she was fiercely independent. She was small in stature but had a big, loving personality with an amazing sense of humor and contagious laugh.
Flowers are respectfully accepted (please leave out gladiolus) and if you bring a backyard bouquet, all the better. However, contributions to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, 2348 Post Road, Suite 211, Warwick, RI 02886, would be deeply appreciated.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation
2348 Post Road Suite 211 , Warwick, RI 02886
- Visitation Friday, May 31, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 1, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, June 1, 2019
- Burial Saturday, June 1, 2019
June 1, 2019
My sympathies to the Turner family. While I did not know Hope directly, I have come to know what a wonderful person she was by the love and caring expressed in conversations with her son and my friend Justin. I am sorry to learn of her passing.
May 31, 2019
It was with great sadness that I read Hope's obituary. It had been a long time since we had seen each other, but she was always a friend to me and so many others.
Hope went with me to pick up a new black lab puppy and held her on her lap the whole way home from some where in Massachusetts. Megan was a lucky dog to have such love!
I am unable to attend the calling hours this afternoon, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Anyone who knew her was also blessed by her kindness, gentleness and warm smile.
With loving memories, Rosalie, Todd, Tim and Shannon Cummings
May 31, 2019
I will never forget your glimmering smile and happy greeting to all elementary school parents. Bear with me as I share one of my favorite Hope/Anne stories. I received a call from you to come and pick up daughter Natalia because she had a fever. Not feeling so well myself I hopped into my car because my baby needed me. I went directly to your office and immediately your mouth opened wide and you started to laugh. "Mrs. Moore did you have botox injections in your lips." I told her that she knew me as a plain Jane pharmacist. She pulled out a mirror and sure enough my lips were three times larger. I told Natalia, "We better get home soon. We had some doctors to call." I found out I had pneumonia and was allergic to Zpac. I told my doctor I had Benadryl and would be fine. Next, we went to our Pediatrician and I found out she had pneumonia as well and to come back tomorrow. We were both in Hasbro that night quarantined in the lovely corner room with a great view of I-95 and the harbor. Thanks Hope and may we all follow in your golden footsteps to Heaven.
With much love,
The Moore Family
May 30, 2019
May 30, 2019
What a wonderful person was Hope. I have lots of high school memories running around with she and Barbara. Always laughing and goofing, the two of them. Hope and I went to a prom together - dancing all night at the after party. I think at Jay’s place, outside on the water. Mike Mainella’s great R and B band.
She was special and wise, even then.
May 29, 2019
Dear Stephanie and family,
We're so sorry to hear about the death of your amazing mom, Hope. Sending you our love and we will definitely send a contribution to the RA Foundation in her memory.
Glenice and Ray Sousa