It is with love and peaceful hearts we announce the passing of our mother Frances (Fran) on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Her family was by her side as she passed into the loving arms of Jesus. She spent her last days in the Cowichan District Hospital, a place where she nursed for many years. She was able to say goodbye to family and friends and we cherish the memories she left behind.
Born in Morden Manitoba, she grew up on the family farm. Upon graduating from high school she went to Port Arthur, Ontario where she entered nursing school to become an R. N. Under the guidance of the Nuns, she was held to a high standard which she took to heart and kept that high standard throughout her nursing career. After graduating, she worked 2 years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She married Ernie Turner in 1939, a great choice for a husband and father who predeceased her in 2000. He was the love of her life and together they had three caring boys, Harry, Doug and Jim and a very devoted daughter Joy.
For Mom; God, family, friends and her patients were very high on her list. Mom always had time for a kind and understanding word which endeared her to many and she became Granny to more than her own family.
Frances was predeceased by her parents Kasmir and Victoria; four sisters, Annie, Mary, Helen, Millie and four brothers, Joe, Jack, Frank and Henry.
She is survived by four children, Harry (Mary-Ellen) Turner, Doug (Sharon) Turner, Jim (Maritza) Turner, Joy (Bruce) Stott. Twelve grandchildren, David (Maria) Turner, their children Ryan, Braden, and Katie; Loree (Wade) Astleford; Paul Turner, his children Brennin and Jada; Rima (Marty) Rea, their children Kodie, and Keenan; Ernie (Christine) Turner, their children Jack and Ryan; Michael Turner (Joanne Edson-Brown), their child Nicholas; Stephen Turner; Rhea Anne Turner; Candace (Warren) Molberg, their children Daniella, Nathan, Rebecca, and Cameron; Shannon (Jon) Rokochy; Kelly Stott; Keray Stott (Amy Boyle). Frances also had many nieces and nephews that she kept in touch with and had a place in her heart for them all.
She enjoyed writing Christmas and birthday cards with a personalized letter to every one of her family and friends. Mom had many friends and we would like to thank them all for the treasured visits they made with her until her final moments. Bless you all.
We would like to thank the staff of Cerwydden Care Centre and Cowichan District Hospital for their exceptional care, as well as Dr. Teresa Elliott for looking after Mom.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. John’s Church – Duncan on Tuesday, May 2nd at 11:00 am with a tea to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Church – Duncan, Cowichan Valley Hospice Society or a charity of your choice.