November 11, 1940 - April 7, 2014
JEAN MARLIS (WILL) TURNER was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on April 7, 2014. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital at the age of 73.
She was born November 11, 1940, in Grant County, South Dakota, to Albert & Mildred (Strain) Will. Where she attended all schools and graduated from Revillo High School in 1958. At the age of 17 the family moved to Fullerton CA, where she studied at Fullerton Jr. College.
Jean met her husband Jack Harris Turner of over fifty years at a southern California beach party in 1962 & married in 1963. Together they raised their children Mike, Kevin & Karen in Anaheim CA; and moved to Taft in 1976 that has been home for 37 plus years.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, She is survived by her husband Jack, Children ~ Mike (Stacey) Turner of Taft, Kevin Turner of North Dakota, Karen Barrett of Bakersfield. Eight Grandchildren ~ Jacqueline Turner of Chula Vista, CA, Stephanie Dargusch of Taft, Brandon Turner of Bakersfield, Mike Turner of Bakersfield, Cody Barrett of Bakersfield, Jake Turner of Taft, Jesse Turner of Taft & Lindsay Turner of Taft. Three Great Grandchildren ~ Lance Dargusch of Taft, Jayden Turner of Chula Vista CA, Logan Dargusch of Taft & one on the way. One brother; Wesley Will of Brookings OR, Two Sisters; Ardella Topliss of Grand Junction CO, & Darlene Bayard of Fullerton CA. Three brother-in-laws; Ken Topliss of Grand Junction CO, Jerald Turner of Taft & Joe Turner of Kettle Falls WA. Two Sister-in-laws; Arlene Will of Brookings OR, Maxine Turner of Kettle Falls WA & So very many special family & friends.
Jean worked for 41 years as a Certified X-ray Technician where she started her profession in southern California with the majority in Taft for local doctors with Johnson/Bitzer & Griffin/Tang, Westside Hospital, Urgent Care and the Federal Correctional Facility until she finally retired this year. She loved what she did and treated her patients like no one else mattered in the world. She loved to please others always with grace & a big smile. With her strong will & determination she accomplished most anything she put her heart into. Jean had a zest for living with a strong faith in her Lord that she passed on to her family, a truly dedicated servant to her church Peace Lutheran, where she served in multiple capacities. She thoroughly enjoyed collecting gems & rocks. Loved motorcycle traveling (1985-1996) with her husband Jack, was an avid yard-saler where she would provide for others in need, Loved spending time with family, reading, the outdoors & going to the beach. She was truly the glue to her family, a woman that would not say good-bye without a big hug and an “I Love You” a lady that will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A Celebration of Life officiated by Pastor Tom White will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 ~ 2:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 26 Emmons Park Drive, Taft, with a reception following. Erickson & Brown have been entrusted with the arrangements (www.ericksonandbrown.com)