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Born: Jul 21, 1920

Date of Passing: Oct 09, 2015

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MAVIS GORDON TURNER Peacefully on October 9, 2015 Mavis Gordon Turner passed away at the age of 95. Mavis was born in Winnipeg on July 21, 1920, the only child of William and Ellen Curry. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband Ronald Turner. Mavis is survived by daughters, Linda Liberta, Patricia Rawsthorne, Catherine Turner; and son David Turner (Jane); grandchildren Teresa Turner, Jonathan Turner (Carolyn), Elizabeth Turner (Matt), Kristopher Turner, Jody Allan (Neil); and six great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Hannah, William, Beatrice, Ellen, and Jacinta. Mavis enrolled in the Faculty of Home Economics at the University of Manitoba and married Ronald Turner during the Second World War. Following Ron's service in the RAF, they returned to Winnipeg where Ron resumed his law practice. He later served as an MLA, and then President of Transair Ltd. During this period Mavis dedicated her life to home and family and to supporting her husband's career. She was a loving mother to her four children, a devoted wife, and an accomplished homemaker. Following Ron's death in 1965 Mavis returned to university and completed her Home Economics degree. She then obtained a master's degree in Continuing Education from the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the University of Winnipeg's Counselling Services Department where she worked for a number of years prior to retirement. She had a special interest in women's issues, and was active in the women's movement for many years. Mavis was a lifelong learner. She read widely and travelled extensively, immersing herself in the history and culture of many countries around the world. She learned to speak Spanish, and made numerous trips to Mexico and South and Central America to study the history and archaeology of those regions. Mavis was interested in all things related to the natural world. She loved birds and animals, and over the years, owned and cherished many pets. Gardening was another of her passions that brought her many hours of great pleasure. She was a keen photographer, and her photo albums were filled with pictures of birds, animals and flowers from all around the world. Mavis had a large and diverse circle of friends. She was genuinely interested in people, and her warm and generous nature brought many close and lasting friendships throughout her life. She had a fun loving side and loved to cook and entertain for family and friends. Above all, Mavis loved and cherished her family. She was a strong and independent woman who provided a wonderful role model. She inspired her children and grandchildren to follow their passions and pursue their dreams. Her love and support of family was constant and unwavering. She will be greatly missed and always remembered by all who knew and loved her. A private celebration of her life will be held at a future date. Donations may be made in Mavis' name to FortWhyte Alive, or Osborne House. Bardal Funeral Home 843 Sherbrook Ave, 204-774-7474 Condolences Parking behind funeral home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2015

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Cathie & Kristopher - I was surprised and sorry to read of your Mom / Grandmother's passing. She played such an important role in your lives and had much knowledge and wisdom to share. Her passion for travel and learning was inspirational. Our sympathy goes out to the entire family. Remember the good times! - Posted by: Sandy & Kelly Bergman (Friends ) on: Oct 22, 2015

  • Cathie and Dave. I was saddened to hear about the passing of your mother. Cathie, I recall hearing many stories about your mom - as only you can tell - always in a fun loving way. My thought are with you. Take care - Mags - Posted by: Margaret Whitlaw (Friend to Cathie and Dave) on: Oct 21, 2015

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