Lola Mae Townsend Turner

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Lola Mae Townsend Turner, 95, of Woodville died January 18, 2013 at the Woodville Health and Rehabilitation Center with care from Odyssey Hospice. Born January 1, 1918 to Jackson L. and Bertie Walton Townsend in Aerola, Texas. The area was also known as Hooks Switch, now part of Lumberton. As a young child her family moved to Voth and operated a cattle farm and grocery store during the depression. She graduated from Beaumont High School in 1935 with expertise in typing, tennis and horseback riding. Her first job was typing for a firm in Austin, Tx. She returned home to help her mother and to a job in the Jefferson County Clerk's Office when her father died in 1937. In 1940, she married Fred. W. Turner who worked in the Orange Shipyard and later for Sun Oil Company in Beaumont, Thibodeaux, La and Winnie Stowell before retiring to Woodville in 1970. Where ever she lived, Lola became an asset to her community and especially to her church. In retirement, she and Fred enjoyed a huge vegetable garden, a few cows, a tree farm and a two acre yard full of flowering plants. Her husband, said that the wooden stakes she used for her beautiful plants would sometimes sprout and grow! Many area yards have plants that got their start in Lola's garden or greenhouse. She was always happy to share plants or gardening knowledge with anyone who showed an interest. When she could no longer get down and dig in the dirt herself, she would drive around the yard in her golf cart and make notes of what needed to be done by the first willing worker. Driving that cart and enjoying her yard was the best therapy she would have. Her retirement farm provided a retreat for her children and grandchildren. She won many blue ribbons at the Tyler County Fair for her fresh or canned vegtables, quilts and plants. The Woodville Garden Club honored her with a life-time membership in 1990 as their longest serving member. Over the years she held almost every office in the Garden Club and could be counted on to win blue ribbons for specimen plants as well as flower arrangements in flower shows. Her house overflowed with dolls of all sizes and cultures, some of which she made. She was a founding member of a local sewing group which evolved into an especially caring group of ladies now known as The Mondy Group. Lola had great times with those ladies. A member and spiritual leader of Harmony Baptist Church for 43 years, she played the piano until a few months ago and taught Sunday School classes. She lived God's command to love God, others and self. Children and adults who met her were attracted to her because they knew she genuinely loved and cared for them. She was the noble wife and mother described in Proverbs 31 - her husband praised her and her children called her blessed. - Lola always exhibited a positive attitude and saw the best in all. She was a model daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great -grandmother, aunt, neighbor and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; sisters, Jackie Hubbard and Jo Berkman; brothers, J. L. , Austin, and Ben. She is survived by her son, Dr. Fred T. Turner and his wife, DeAnna of Beaumont and Woodville; daughter, Judy Bisotto and her husband, Riccardo of London, England; grandchildren, Giselle Bisotto Amiry and her husband, Laith of London, Elena Bisotto Wittman and her husband, Dan of Seattle, WA, Deborah Turner Reasons and her husband, John of College Station, Tx, Drew Christopher Turner of Magnolia, Tx, Richard Bisotto and his wife, Maria of London; great-grandchildren, Alex and Sophie Wittman, Westin and Daniel Reasons, Max and Charlie Amiry and Simon Bisotto; many nieces and nephews whose frequent calls and visits gave her great joy. Lola was blessed to have special caregivers as life became physically challenging. Her family is greateful for the love and care shown to Lola by Georgia Adineh, Donna Ashworth, Jamie Carroll, Melinda Duncan, Janet Fountain, Pat Knecht, Sharon Smith and Beth Winberry. Funeral services conducted by her pastor, Ted Minyard and grandson, Rev. John Reasons, will be held at Riley Funeral Home in Woodville at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, followed by a grave side service at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont. A gathering of her famiy and friends will be Monday, January 21, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home, 913 HWY 190 West in Woodville, Tx. Memorial contributions may be made to Harmony Baptist Church, c/o the church secretary, 370 CR 4605, Fred, Tx 77616 or a .

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Jan. 21, 2013
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