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Realand Roberta Turner Uddyback, 80, died peacefully at her daughter's home in Lafayette, IN on April 14, 2013. She was a beloved educator, musician, mother and grandmother. Born in Roanoke, VA on November 20, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Augustus and Realand (Ervin) Turner. She graduated from Roger Ludlow HS in Fairfield, CT and went on to receive a BS degree from Virginia Union and MS degrees from the University of Bridgeport, University of New Hampshire, and Springfield College.She worked as an educator for over 30 years in the Westport and Bridgeport school systems. As an accomplished pianist, she enjoyed singing, writing and directing plays. She also delighted in cooking and was active in the arts and many educational programs. She was a member of The Girlfriends, Inc., Les Treize, and a variety of other organizations. Realand married Curtis O'Neil who preceded her in death. Surviving are four children, Linda (Robert) Daniels of Fremont, CA; Wendell (Victoria) Uddyback of Alexandria, VA; Marion "Beth" (Darryl) Ragland of Lafayette, IN; and Joseph (Janna) Uddyback of Charlotte, NC. A brother, William (Dorothy) Hardy of Atlanta, GA, survives, and she was preceded in death by her other brother, Augustus (Gladys) Turner II. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, Rachel, Elizabeth, Lauren, Henry, and Madison, and a host of family and friends. Funeral service will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 4,2013, at the Rehoboth Church of God in Christ, 72 Beardsley Street, Bridgeport, CT 06607, Pastor Augustus D. Pullen officiating. In accordance with her wishes the family requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to The Turner Family Fund for scholarships in her name to: The Turner Family Fund c/o 13612 S. Sycamore Olathe, KS 66062 Memories and condolences may be mailed to: The Realand Uddyback Family 5920 Ewing Place Alexandria, VA 22301
Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 24, 2013