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Obituary: Donna Lee Turley

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Donna Lee Turley, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, counselor, and friend, passed away July 20, 2000, in Mesa, AZ.

Born in 1932, Joseph City, AZ to Wallace and Margaret Turley. Her family lived in the small Mormon pioneer community of Woodruff, AZ before moving to Mesa in 1943. Donna graduated from Mesa High School in 1949 and went on to attend BYU. After graduating from BYU in 1953, as a home economics education major, Donna began her lifelong teaching career at Snowflake High School in Arizona. She went on to teach at Dixie College in St. George, where she was also a dorm mother.

In 1957 Donna accepted a call to serve a full-time mission for the LDS Church in the New England states. She returned to teach and counsel at BY High School in Provo. Donna took a leave of absence to attend the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit, as part of her graduate studies leading to a Masters Degree in counseling from BYU. Donna published a book of reflections and personal essays entitled Mosaic of My Self. In 1968 Donna went to the

Redwood City School District in California as a school psychologist. She spent the next 24 years in the Bay area, until she retired in 1992. While Donna was working in California she completed a doctorate in counseling psychology from ASU. Donna returned to Mesa in 1992 to be near her elderly parents and family.

Since returning to Arizona, Donna has supervised graduate students in the counseling practicum program at ASU. Donna willingly gave her life in loving service to her friends, students, family, church and anyone in need. Countless people in every place Donna has lived have been the recipients of Donna's gifts of sewing and cooking, especially her pinwheel cookies, and her thoughtful listening and counseling. She will be dearly missed.

Donna is survived by her mother, Margaret Turley; sisters and brothers, Ella Mae and Gerard Judd, Loreine and Claude Despain, Alan and Milli Turley, and Wayne and Nancy Turley, and their families.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 24, at the LDS Chapel, 2334 E. Pueblo Ave., Mesa. Viewing will be 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Bunkers Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, and one hour prior to the funeral at the LDS Chapel. Internment, Mesa Cemetery.

Donations to the LDS Humanitarian Fund are suggested in lieu of flowers.