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ANNE TURNER, 90
New Port Richey - Margaret Anne Turner Davis passed peacefully on March 13, 2013. Margaret was the daughter of Grover Cleveland and Hattie Turner of Dante, Virginia.
Margaret was born on May 19, 1922, joining her twin older brothers. Her dad worked in the coal mines of her western Virginia birthplace. Margaret's childhood in the mountains was that of a tomboy who emulated her much adored brothers.
Margaret was an excellent student, Salutatorian of her high school class, and graduated from Jefferson Hospital Nursing School in 1942. She was married for a few months to Shirley Durwood Flint who was killed in France in World War II. At the end of the war she attended nurse anesthetist school at Duke University and graduated in 1946. Subsequently while working at Vanderbilt Hospital she met her husband of many years, Dr. Josh Davis, and they were married in 1947.
Their early life together was framed by his medical training, the Korean conflict, and his early medical practice. Their first child, Dan, was born in 1948. Their daughter Gale was born in 1951. They moved to Lake City Florida in 1956 and their daughter Anne was born in 1959. They moved to Gainesville later that year where they lived happily for many years and enjoyed friends, the Florida Gators, fishing, and family. Unfortunately Josh and Margaret divorced. Margaret returned to Roanoke in her 50's and renewed her certificate in Nurse Anesthesia. This was no small feat after twenty-five years of explosive technological change. She worked as a nurse anesthetist until her retirement.
Margaret then returned to Florida to live near her daughter Gale in New Port Richey. They enjoyed many, many, pleasant days together shopping, trading in antiques, and socializing up until the end of her life.
Margaret was a wonderful mother who unselfishly loved and supported her children throughout every phase of their lives. She had numerous favorite activities. She enjoyed the kitchen and was an excellent cook. She appreciated art and could draw well. Antiques and bargain hunting were lifelong passions.
Margaret is survived by her children and their spouses. They are Dan and Bonnie Davis, Gale and Rick Arnold, and Anne and Carl James. She bad six wonderful grandchildren. Their names and spouses are Maggie and Jamie, Drew and Stephanie, Josh and Brenda, Jessica and Nate, Daniel, and Matthew. She had two great grandchildren, Hunter and Annaliese. Her warm, loving, and unselfish nature will be missed but will live on in her descendants.
The family plans a private memorial service.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2013