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Sandra Joan Turnbull


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Sandra Joan Turnbull Obituary
NELSONVILLE, Mo. -- Sandra Joan Turnbull, 79, of Nelsonville, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at her home.

Sandra was born Jan. 14, 1939, in Quincy, Ill., to Cecil and Ina Zipse Cook. She was married to Maurice Wayne Turnbull on Dec. 24, 1959, at their preacher's house in Philadelphia, Mo. He preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 2018.

She and her mother graduated together from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville in the early 1960s. She also went on to earn her master's degree in 1986. She was a public school teacher for 43 years. She started in a one-room schoolhouse and taught most of her career in Lewis County.

She was very active in church. She taught Sunday school, played piano and had served as a church clerk.

Sandra helped her husband on the farm and loved working outdoors. She was an avid gardener, specializing in roses. She had a pilot's license, enjoyed sewing and also decorated cakes for a time.

She was active in Gideons International and was a member of Women's Auxiliary. She and her husband were founding members of both Macon Fly Wheel Club and NEMO Old Thresher's Club. Sandra organized the flea markets for both.

She was an avid reader, especially reading Harlequin romances, and loved to play Scrabble.

Survivors include two daughters, Christine Schaefer (Gene) of Palmyra and Kyla Kordell of Falls Church, Va.; four grandchildren, Bryan Schaefer (Nichole) of Emerson, Clifford Schaefer (Amy) of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jake Schaefer (Katrina) of Palmyra and Courtney Odemis of Falls Church; and eight great-grandchildren, Kaleigh, Kinzleigh, Jaydin, Greta, Heidi, Issac, Savannah and Cheyenne Schaefer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her infant brother, Jerry Cook.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Nelsonville Baptist Church in Nelsonville with the Rev. Mark McPike conducting. Burial will be in Nelsonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gene Schaefer, Jake Schaefer, Clifford Schaefer, Eric Spratt, Bryan Schaefer and Ronnie Krigbaum.

Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Graves, Tim Bridgman and Courtney Odemis.

VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

MEMORIALS: Gideons International and/or Nelsonville Baptist Church.

WEBSITE: lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.

ARRANGEMENTS: Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel, Palmyra.

Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, 2018
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