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Eleanor Mae Turner

January 23, 1931 — October 6, 2017

Funeral services for Eleanor Mae (Anderson) Turner, 75, of Tacna, AZ, were held Friday, October 20, 2017 at Sperry Christian Church in Sperry, OK. Pastor Adam Stang, Reverend Jay Bean and Reverend Kerry Smith officiated and burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, OK. Casket bearers were Lantze Blevins, Jason Lovan, Michael Coghill, Bryan Turner, Jacob Bean, Luke Bean, Brayden Lovan and Schuyler Blevins. Honorary casket bearers were Bill Turner, Bill Penfield and Gerald Carlburg.

Eleanor was born January 23, 1931 in Lemmon, SD to Earnest H. “Ernie” Anderson and Violet Mae (Fields) Penfield. She passed away October 6, 2017 in Yuma, AZ.

Eleanor loved to travel. She was a prolific writer and poet. She was a faithful teacher of the Word of God her entire adult life. Eleanor loved being in the House of the Lord and was always going to church or a revival service. She was always the life of every party. Her laugh, smile and hugs were contagious. She never met a stranger and she truly understood the meaning of hospitality. There was always room for one more in her house and at her table. One cannot describe Eleanor without including the love of her life, Sky. The love and life they shared inspired many. Eleanor will be remembered as a true friend, faithful mother and incredible grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Bill Turner of Winterhaven, CA; daughter, Carol Smith of Mountain View, AR; over 50 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill Penfield of Lemmon, SD, and Marvin Anderson of Seattle, WA; sister, Phyllis Splittstoesser of Rapid City, SD; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sky Turner; children, Sky Wayne Turner, Roger Turner, Doug Turner, Jim Turner, Connie Mae, and Nancy Matlock; grandchildren, Kevin Turner and Ginger Lovan; brothers, Mickey Anderson and Cleo Penfield; birth father, Ernie Anderson; stepfather, Vern Penfield; and mother, Violet Penfield.

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