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Jean Werran Turk


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Jean Werran Turk Obituary
Jean Werran Turk

Born in Balta, North Dakota in 1924, Jean Werran was an Army Air Corps nursing cadet, later moving with her family to the West Coast to join her sister Kathy in San Francisco, where they both went to stewardess school. Jean became a telephone operator for the phone company, then joined the Air Force, working as a telephone operator handling classified calls in the basement of the newly-constructed Pentagon. She met her future husband, 1st Lieutenant George Turk, on a double date-they were not each other's original date. He proposed on their 2nd date. When he left the Army they joined her family in Seattle. Jean was not employed but definitely worked at the important job of raising 3 children. She provided crucial support to the family as George transitioned from an engineering job at Boeing to a teaching career. During more than a year abroad with George on a Fulbright Fellowship, she adapted to months of van living in foreign campgrounds, cooking meals from the back of a VW bus. She succeeded in facilitating the family move to Izmir, Turkey, plucking feathers from chickens and finding tasty recipes-long before the internet. Jean attended daily Mass for years and was a founding member of St. Louise Parish; she was a classroom volunteer and a hot dog lady at the parish school. She volunteered with George at Knights of Columbus blood drives and her quick wit helped her adapt well to her role as First Lady of the Washington State Knights. She enjoyed the chance to spend time with other KC wives, and loved to travel with George, whether to KC conventions or on cruises. Jean enjoyed walking in the mall with friends and with George. As grandchildren arrived she made them fleece blankets, extending the tradition to nieces, nephews and other beloved infants. Jean moved to Emeritus when George passed away; the staff gave her excellent, loving care. She is survived by her children: Cathy Holliday (husband Guy), Stan Turk (wife Kandy) and Marie Fukutomi (husband Craig), grandchildren Jamie and Jack Holliday, Adam Pfeifer (wife Meridiane), Stephen Turk, and Kyle and Emiko Fukutomi, and by great-grandchildren Colby and Ruby Pfeifer. Funeral services will be on Friday, August 29 at St. Louise Parish, Bellevue, WA. The rosary begins at 10:30 am, followed by the memorial Mass at 11:00 am. There will be no viewing. After the Mass there will be a reception in the parish hall. Flintoft's Funeral Home, 425-392-6444.
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 17, 2014
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