Margaret Hazel Mosley Turner, 88, of Ridgeland, died at her home Sat., February 11, 2012.
Visitation will be at Stringer Family Funeral Services in Crystal Springs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with a service to follow at 11:00 a.m. on February 14, 2012. Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery in Richton at 3:00 p.m. the same afternoon.
Mrs. Turner was born to Rudie and Marvin Mosley on July 17, 1923 in Shabuta, MS. She grew up in Petal, MS where she graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. While in Petal, she met Luther Dwight Turner whom she married just before the outbreak of World War II. She worked as a secretary while her husband served in Italy and North Africa for three years as an Army medic. After the war, the couple moved to Oxford, MS while her husband completed medical school and they began a family.
In 1952, the young family settled in Crystal Springs where Dr. Turner practiced family medicine for 35 years. During this time, Mrs. Turner served as a homemaker and was active in community activities. She served as President of the Junior Auxiliary and, for more than 25 years, as a Sunday School teacher for the First Baptist Church. She, Dr. Turner, and Dr. Lamar and Julia Puryear also built and operated the first nursing home in Copiah County, Pinecrest Nursing Home in Hazlehurst, MS. To busy herself as an empty nester, Mrs. Turner also owned and operated a needleworks store and, later, an antique shop in the old Wolfe Hotel that she and Dr. Turner had renovated during the 1960s.
Despite these contributions to her community, her proudest accomplishment was serving as the matriarch, mentor and muse of her family which included two daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and 8 spoiled and very devoted grandchildren.
Mrs. Turner spent the last ten years of her life as an independent resident of The Orchard in Ridgeland, MS, where she made many wonderful friends among residents and staff. Their smiles, humor and helpfulness were always appreciated and will not be forgotten by her family.
Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. L. D. Turner; infant son Kelly Dwight Turner; parents, Marvin and Rudie Mosley; and brothers, Johnny and Jeff Mosley.
Mrs. Turner is survived by her daughter, Elaine Turner Shockley of Brookhaven; son and daughter-in-law, Dwight and Ruth Turner of Crystal Springs; daughter and son-in-law, Deneise Turner and Criss Lott of Ridgeland; brother and sister-in-law, Charley and Gwen Mosley of Moselle, MS; and eight grandchildren: David and Matthew Young, Kelly and Jennifer Turner, Terry Bracey , Melissa Floyd, and Caroline and Turner Lott.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.