Marilyn Katherine Turner of Grover, Wyoming, peacefully returned to her Heavenly Father in the early hours of March 10, 2021 at home, surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grover LDS Church with a viewing prior to the service. A viewing will also be held Friday evening, March 12th, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Grover LDS Church.
Marilyn was born in Rockford, Idaho to William Albert and Marie A. (Behrend) Brown on October 19, 1939. She was the oldest of four children and a great blessing to her parents and her family. As the eldest of the children, she was a true leader and at the age of 15 was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which was the catalyst for her entire family joining the church. One of the highlights of her life was the day her parents went through the temple and her family was sealed together for time and all eternity.
In 1957 Marilyn began attending Ricks College where she met Bruce H Turner. Their first date was to a big school dance where the Four Freshman performed, and Bruce and Marilyn danced. Something few knew about her was how much she loved to dance.
Bruce and Marilyn were married May 29, 1959 in the Idaho Falls temple. To this union, there were 10 children born. They moved to Star Valley not long after they were married, settling in Turnerville next to Bruce’s mother. Here, Marilyn and her mother-in-law, Agnes Elnora Turner, developed a friendship and love for each.
In August of 1960 Bruce was drafted to the Korean war. In November of that same year, they moved to San Francisco where Bruce was stationed. When he was sent to Korea, Marilyn lived in Blackfoot with her parents and then in 1962 she moved to Grover with her mother-in-law while she waited for Bruce to return.
Marilyn was known for her bread and homemade donuts. She loved cooking for others and found great joy in serving those around her. She spent many years taking care of not only her children but the children of others. Her love of working with children was exemplified in her pioneering efforts to bring the Cub Scout program to Star Valley.
Marilyn’s membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was precious to her. She served in many callings and loved the opportunity each calling gave her to serve those around her. She became known by many as the mother of her ward.
In October of 2003, Bruce and Marilyn left Star Valley to serve a mission in Nauvoo, Illinois. They served for 18 months making many wonderful friends and amazing memories. She treasured their time in Nauvoo and spoke of it often.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Bruce, her children Wes Turner, Kathryn (Steve) Whiting, Emily (Kelly) Smith, Denise (Doug) Gibson, Marie (Doug) Hunting, Delos Turner, Noralyn Ziesman, Ben (Lisa) Turner, 32 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant daughters, Kitsey and Pauline.
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