Obituary: Nancy Lee Turner

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Nancy Lee Turner

Beloved mother, grandmother and friend, Nancy Lee Turner (née Hill) passed away on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 with her family at her side. Born in Orleans, Vt. on Nov. 23, 1924, Nancy lived a loving life of devotion to her family and service to others. Raised in northern Vermont and educated as a legal secretary, she married her high school sweetheart, Frederick Muer, and began her life with the Marine Corps, complete with its varied destinations and unique lifestyle. With the loss of Fred in Korea and the birth of her daughter, Fritzi, she returned to her parent’s home.

In 1953, she married Tom Turner and again became the wife of a Marine. They lived in numerous locations and she bore three sons, Tom Jr., Jim and Sam, to round out the family. In every duty station, Nancy created a home in which all the children thrived and their friends were welcome, and she volunteered in each community in which she lived. In Japan, she had a special group of ladies she taught to knit; in turn, they taught her nuances of their culture. Nancy worked in the registrar’s office at Palomar College for many years.

With Tom’s retirement in 1975, they returned to Vista, which became their permanent home. Early in their retirement, they traveled throughout Southern California by motorcycle, touring with a Japanese rescue dog in a basket on the back. Some 25 years ago their cabin in Idyllwild became a beloved second home.

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