Linda Gallery Turner passed away peacefully October 10 at her home in Santa Fe, NM after a long, but courageous, battle with cancer. Her loving sons Matt and John Turner were at her side.
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Linda was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 1, 1941 to Vivian Gallery Blanton and Elmer Gallery who raised her in nearby Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Her father was an executive with H. C. Price Pipeline Company. She married and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 60's. There she raised three sons, Richard, who died in 1988, Matthew, and John, whom she loved deeply.
Linda had a lifelong lust for art, beauty and fun. She studied architecture and interior design and applied her knowledge to a successful home renovation and remodeling business. As a hobby, she became an accomplished acrylic painter in the 1970s. One of her passions was baking goodies for friends and events.
She traveled the world, visiting over 40 countries, but it was the scenic beauty and unique culture of the Southwest that ultimately brought Linda to Santa Fe in 1995. Here she continued to design and renovate several houses. Her volunteer work focused on youth mentoring.
Her compassion, her devotion to friends, and her fun loving nature made her a beloved member of the community. Over the years, many a friend benefited from her sense of style and talent for fashion, as well as her energy in seeking out interesting things to do. She leaves behind many adoring friends.
Along with her sons, Linda is survived by her sister Patricia Gallery Witcher of Santa Fe, NM and her brother Dan Gallery of Wann, Oklahoma.
A Mass of the Resurrection was held on Tuesday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Faith, 311 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Nov. 3 to Dec. 2, 2013