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Obituary: TURNER, MELVA

Melva Lois Turner1925 ~ 2013Melva Lois Turner passed away peacefully in her home April 23, 2013 with her family singing her into the heavens. Born May 8, 1925 in Union, Utah, the third of five children of Earl David and Melva Louise Berrett Evans. She and her siblings remained very close throughout their lives. She married the love of her life, C. Elmo Turner, on Sept. 21, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had six children, Robin (Linda), Randy (Sheree), Jill Turner, Kerry (stillborn), Jean Turner, and Lisa (Rob) Runyon. They have 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren with two more great grandchildren on the way. Lois graduated from Jordan HS in 1943. Her whole life was spent selflessly serving others in countless ways. She was a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a wonderful cook and worked tirelessly in meal preparations for her family. She always had a treat for them when they visited. She loved her family and cherished each moment she had to spend with each of them. She had a love for children and thoroughly enjoyed holding a baby. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her tremendous joy. Lois was known for her warm, beautiful smile. She had the gift of making everyone in her presence feel loved. She shared the love of flowers and sunsets with her mother and sisters and passed it on to her daughters. She always had a beautiful flower garden and a passion for tending to it.She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served a mission in the Eastern Canada Mission. She served diligently in many church callings, and faithfully supported her husband as he served in numerous leadership positions for the majority of their married life, all while raising five children. When her husband was called to serve as Mission President of the Brazil South Mission, they courageously sold all they had and she faithfully packed up her young family to live in a foreign country for three years. She was a great support to Elmo and looked after the many missionaries that served throughout that time. After their family was raised, they were called back to Brazil to serve as President of the Brazil Sao Paulo Mission Training Center. She and Elmo loved serving in the Jordan River Temple together. She had a great love and talent for music which she passed on to her children.She leaves behind her loving husband of 62 years, five children, brother LaMar Evans, sister Lila Emery, their spouses, and sister in-law Debbie Evans. Preceded in death by her stillborn son Kerry, parents, brother Kelvin Evans and sister Reatha Roestenburg.The family would like to express great appreciation to Mom's caregivers, Mele Taunauta, Lesieli and Lote Teisina, Joslyn Turner and Tammy, Heather and Leslie with Vista Care Hospice. Their tender, loving care meant the world to our family.Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the LDS Church located at 10124 South 1300 West in South Jordan, where there will be viewings Friday 6-8 p.m. and Saturday 9:15-10:15 a.m. Interment, Bluffdale City Cemetery. www.goffmortuary.com