Lauretta Louise Turner, a resident of Eagle Rock for 70 years, died peacefully on July 25 at age 100.
The daughter of Lloyd and Hazel Milner, Lauretta was born on a farm near Longmont, Colorado in 1918. After graduating from Barnes Business School in Denver in 1938, she took a job as a stenographer in Los Angeles, where she met Thomas Arthur Turner at a dinner arranged by her aunt. They married in 1939 and by the time they moved to Eagle Rock in 1946, had two small children. They bought a house on Windermere Avenue and continued to raise their family, which grew to five children.
Lauretta was a long way from where she had started, but she was home. In Eagle Rock, as elsewhere, life after World War II was marked by growth, development and the baby boom. It was a profound contrast to the years of the Great Depression and the war that Lauretta had lived through in her teens and young adulthood.
Lauretta and Thomas were longtime active members of the Eagle Rock Baptist Church, where they led youth fellowship groups, helped in the nursery, aided in the financial oversight of the church and participated in helping overseas missions.
Lauretta also served as PTA President of San Rafael School and as a troop leader to Blue Birds, Campfire Girls and Cub Scouts. In the early 1960s, she was the secretary to the director of the Occidental College Library.
In 1975, she enrolled in college at Cal State, L.A., and while caring for her aging parents who had relocated to Eagle Rock, earned her bachelor’s degree in Child Development in 1979, at age 61. After that, she worked as a preschool teacher at a nearby Christian elementary school. She loved to travel, play the piano and spend time with family.
Thomas Turner passed away in 1989. Lauretta continued to devote herself to her family, her church and her Eagle Rock community. All who knew her benefited from her generous, giving spirit. In 2006, at age 88, she moved to the home of her son, Lloyd, in Montrose, where she recently celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
Lauretta – a devoted daughter, a loving wife and mother and a willing servant of her Redeemer – is survived by her five children, Lloyd Turner, Marian Miller, Susan Grant, Russell Turner and Peggy Hogan, as well as by 12 of her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
– The Family of Lauretta Louise Turner