SUN CITY CENTER. Fla. – Barbara R. Turner, 89, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of DeKalb, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center.
Born Sept. 14, 1923, in Springfield, Mass., the daughter of Carlyle C. and Mary (Spitzer) Child, she married Paul M. Turner on March 6, 1963, at First Congregational Church in DeKalb.
She was a graduate of North Hampton High School, Mass., and University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and Alumni of U Mass.
Barbara was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy
. After serving her country, she was employed by University of Michigan
, Penn State, University of Montana (Missoula), coming to Northern Illinois University as administrative dietitian in 1957. She retired from NIU in 1979 as food service manager of Grant Towers.
She was active in National Association of College and University Food Service (NACUFS), and also a charter member of Sycamore-DeKalb ALTRUSA and Shriners.
She is survived by stepdaughter, Carolyn Pettis of DeKalb; step-grandson, Michael Flanigan; step-great-granddaughters, McKenna and Caitlin Flanigan of Big Rock; and nephew, Tom Terry of Costa Rica.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, on April 6, 1996; and parents.
The funeral service will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Maple Cemetery, Kirkland, with Pastor Sandi Graber of Rochelle officiating.