Dorothy Ann Turrieta
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Dorothy Ann Turrieta

Dorothy Ann Turrieta, our "DT", beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020.

*PLEASE NOTE TIME/DAY CHANGE FOR FUNERAL MASS*Visitation for our DT will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Chapel of Direct Funeral and Cremation Services, 2919 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Due to the current pandemic, the visitation will be limited to 5 people at one time. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, January 8, 2021 at St. John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Drive, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. A private family interment will follow the mass.

In lieu of flowers or plants, donations may be made in Dorothy's memory to Operation Smile, Roadrunner Food Bank Roadrunner Food Bank 5840 Office Blvd NE. Albuquerque, NM 87109, and The Retreat (Resident Music Fund), The Retreat Music Fund-4075 Jackie RD SE. Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Please visit to view tributes and/or leave a remembrance.

Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ., NM.


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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 5, 2021.
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January 4, 2021
I am broken to learn of DT's passing.........she taught me more about what real nursing should be than I learned in my training. I remember when I first met her. I was a brand new employee at Albuq. Manor, 6th Unit, day shift in 92'. Anyone who worked that unit for even one shift knows why it was fondly called "The Widow Maker".....45 minutes into the shift I was already stressed to the max and to add to it, there was an elderly woman who decided to educate me on how to properly assess and document falls.....3 times in 45 minutes she fell. The 3rd time, as I rushed into the room there was an older lady standing next to the resident, she had gotten her up out of the floor. I quickly chastised her for doing so. She agreed with me that she should have not done so. She was so calm. So she walked with me up to the nursing station where my new boss, Del, said to me, "Oh, I see you've met Dorothy", she's a rehab consultant and she used to be the Director of Nursing here:-) Imagine my embarrassment.....and as I started to apologized she stopped me cold and said, "never back down when you know you're right, no matter what the title of the other person is"........over the years that followed we talked often, then less often as her career took her to new opportunities to teach more people how to properly provide and include the elderly in on their plan of care. She taught me so much. The world will certainly miss her perspective on life, healthcare for the elderly and the importance of setting "measurable goals" in life.....both for those residents AND for ourselves. God bless her family, her friends of which she has many and may every nurse be as lucky as I was to meet a "DT" as they embark on, what I believe, is one of the most important and fulfilling careers we can have. God bless.......
Carolyn Spillman
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