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Dorothy M. Turner

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Dorothy Michel Turner, 89, died at the Equinox Terrace on May 12, 2005.

She was born in Glen Ridge, N.J. on March 12, 1916, the daughter of Meta (Mathues) and Alexander Michel.

In 1936 she married George B. Turner, an attorney with the New York Law Firm, Cravath, Swaine, and Moore, whom she met when she was 16 years old, and married at 20. Her husband predeceased her in 1982.

Mrs. Turner was a member of the Country Club of Florida, the Ocean Club and the Ekwanok Country Club. Mrs. Turner had previously resided in South Newfane before moving to Manchester.

Mrs. Turner, known to her family as “M,” loved her three daughters, who gave her great joy, and her seven grandchildren with whom she had extraordinarily close relationships.

She was an avid reader of the New York Times and enjoyed quoting and referring to articles. She drove standard shift Volkswagons and often reminded her grandchildren that it was time to shift into a higher gear when they drove her cars. Mrs. Turner loved Vermont and had a home here for 66 years and got particular pleasure from the mountains. Her strong Episcopalian beliefs provided her with a generous spirit and love of caring for others.

She was an enthusiastic golfer, both as player and as a fan, particularly of the Master’s Tournament. She loved listening to classical music and listening to Vermont Public Radio.

Mrs. Turner was predeceased by her brother, Lincoln Michel at the age of 60. She was also predeceased in 1990 by George Kasten of Milwaukee, Wisc., her partner for eight years. Her good friend, Don Trachte, predeceased her on May 4, 2005. Mrs. Turner is survived by her three daughters; Michel Kimball of Bennington, Phebe Brown of Alexandria, Va., and Margo Doscher of Norwich; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at Zion Episcopal Church at a later date and will be announced in a later edition.

Memorials in her honor may be made to the Grace Cottage Foundation, or the Zion Episcopal Church of Manchester Center through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Published in Bennington Banner on May 14, 2005
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