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    Celebrating Auntie


    Frances Brown Turner

    1931 - 2011

    My dear aunt, FRANCES BROWN TURNER, an elementary school teacher whose patience and kindness continued to inspire her family and friends long after her retirement from the classroom, passed away gently August 30, 2011 of respiratory failure in Santa Ana, California with her family at her side. She was 80 years old.

    Frances was born in Olathe, Kansas to Frank and Arline Brown, and moved with her family to Orange County, California when she was five years old. She was the first person in her family to attend college and graduated from the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (now Biola University) in 1958. She taught second and third grade in Garden Grove for many years.

    She married Benny C. Turner, pastor of Santa Ana Bible Church, and worked with him to build the congregation until his death in 1973.

    In 1983, Frances married Hal Jones and enjoyed traveling and visiting family in Southern California. She was an accomplished quilter and seamstress who presented each new family member with a very special baby quilt.

    Frances was hospitalized on August 28, 2011 and died two days later; she was devoted to her younger sister, Suzanne, who passed away on August 28, 2010.

    Frances was preceded in death by her former husband Benny Turner and her sister Suzanne Freeman. She is survived by her husband Hal Jones, and by her nieces and nephew and their families, Deanna and Kip Craig, and Denise and Dan Levenick, Barbara and Richard Schnittker, Paul and Gwen Smith, and Sidonie Smith and Greg Grieco.


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    Reader Comments (5)

    So sorry for your loss, Denise. {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

    September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth O'Neal

    What a lovely tribute to your aunt. May God comfort you and may her memory be eternal.

    September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Howes

    Thank you for your kind words. Auntie and my mother had a true sister-bond. I know they are together again, at peace, and my memories are a treasure.

    September 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterFamily Curator

    I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Auntie. As you continue to grieve her loss, I hope that you'll also continue to revel in the wonderful memories that you made together and the sweet thoughts of her meeting her loved ones face to face in Heaven.


    September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa / Smallest Leaf

    Thank you, Lisa. I have to think it was all part of a bigger plan for my more-adventurous mother to go to Heaven first where she and her sister are together again. I do miss them both. It's helpful to have friends remind me of the wonderful memories we have to cherish.

    September 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterFamily Curator

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