Margaret Jean Sanders Turner, 85, of Saltillo, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Decatur County General Hospital.
Mrs. Turner was born in Friendship, Tennessee, the youngest child of the late Bob and Lottie Hall Sanders. She graduated from Friendship High School and was in the last class of the UT Junior College at Martin in 1951. She also attended Lambuth and Memphis State. She met Bobby Turner, her late husband, in college and they married in 1953. They lived in the Five Forks Community just outside Saltillo. Mr. Turner passed away in 1993.
Margaret was very active in and around Saltillo. She had taught elementary school at Saltillo, was registrar-at-large with the Hardin County Election Commission, worked at H.I.S., and was secretary for the Town of Saltillo at one time. She had also worked with the Federal Census Bureau for more than three decades. She had volunteered with Hardin County Tourism Committee, as well as the Pictorial History of Hardin County Book committee, she was one of the organizers of the “River Day” Homecoming Parade, helped organize the area Meals on Wheels Program, served 10 years as a local fire fighter and was a state certified first responder. Mrs. Turner had served as secretary/treasurer for the Saltillo Family and Community Education Club, treasurer and member of Saltillo United Methodist Church, a certified AARP Driver Safety Instructor, Advisory Board member of SWHRA Foster Grandparents, and for many years, she wrote the Saltillo community news for The Courier. She had been a member of the Soggy Bottom Belles Red Hatters. Her greatest interests were the history of Saltillo, her family geneology, her flowers and dearest of all, her family.
Margaret is survived by a daughter, Cindy (Jacky) Chumney of Parsons; a son, Steven S. (Frances) Turner of Saltillo.
She is also survived by five grandchildren, Krissie (Chuck) Tucker, Lindsey (Richard) Turner-Garrett, Keri (Randy) Inman, Evan Turner and Tyler Chumney; six great-grandchildren, Casey Collins, Patrick Collins, Holden Karpovage, Levi Turner, Kalanie Inman and Rylie Inman; and three special friends, Roger Gant, Patsy Gant and Diego Porras.
She was predeceased by her parents, Bob Berry and Lottie Hall Sanders; her husband, Bobby Newman Turner; a daughter, Susan Belinda Turner; and a brother, William Robert Sanders.
Her funeral service was held at Saltillo United Methodist Church, Saltillo, at 1 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 13, with burial following in White Lawn Cemetery near Saltillo.
Pallbearers are Darnell Lowery, Jim Brown, Patrick Collins, Casey Collins, Randy Inman and Richard Garrett.
Honorary pallbearers are Roger Gant and Diego Porras.