Iva M. Turner
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Iva M Turner Passed away peacefully in her home in Southgate MI. Born Iva Mae Bowman in Shepherd Michigan to Nellie Bly and Forest Bowman. She moved to Detroit in 1942 to help with the war effort. Her first job was at DeSota Car Company where she was an actual Rosie the Riveter. It was at DeSota that she met her future husband Frederick C Turner. They had three children Frederick K., Cynthia M. and Mark K. Turner. Iva’s love for art was evident at a young age, but she did not pursue her passion until the early 1970s. While working at Montgomery Ward she became an art instructor at the YWCA in Wyandotte as well as an instructor at the Masters Frame and Art in Southgate. She eventually went on to open her own studio in Taylor Michigan. Iva was active with Wayne County Community College, the Downriver Council for the Arts, The Acanthus Art Society, The Creative Art Society (Formerly the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild and Art Ambience) and the Wyandotte Art Fair. Her great joy though was the Michigan Gallery in Detroit Michigan. Eclectic artists from the greater Detroit area would gather for classes, exhibits, fund-raisers and travel trips to sister art communities. Many joyful times well spent with fellow friends, family and artists. A life well lived. Iva was preceded in death by her parents Nellie and Forest Bowman, Roy and Delton Bowman (brother), Helen McQueen (sister) and Frederick C. Turner (husband) She was a beloved mother to Frederick K., Cynthia M., and Mark K. Turner. Loving grandmother to Frederick Turner and Selena Guilbeaulp. Also survived by her niece and nephew, Harold and Joyce McQueen of Riverdale, Michigan A memorial is yet to be planned. The Creative Art Society will present an art scholarship in Iva’s name. Donations may be sent to the Creative Art Society: Judy Nelms-Treasurer 22260 Balmonal Grosse Ile, MI 48138 734-634-4800

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Published in Heritage Newspapers from Apr. 30 to May 3, 2020.
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March 16, 2021
Iva was so much fun and so talented. She always was ready to go with the art group for whatever fun lay ahead. I miss her dearly! I was fortunate enough to have spent many good days with her. She had given me a parrot who would yell for Mark when the phone rang, which he learned at her house. So funny. I remember Cindy showed up at Michigan Gallery for Halloween with Iva. I'm thinking that Iva was a devil that year, but I know that Cindy showed up as a female pig! I have a picture of that! So sorry for your loss Cindy and Mark.
Wendy Wheeler
May 12, 2020
While researching the artist of the attached painting, we were sorry to see that Mrs. Turner passed away recently. We would of liked to have shown her that her Boblo painting has a special place in our home.
Joe Robinson
May 11, 2020
I have very fond memories of her. She had an engaging and strong presence and was always a favorite of my mother Joyce Tash and her sister Doris Ball. I always enjoyed visits to Aunt Nellies home in Shepherd and associated her with those visits.
David Tash
May 5, 2020
My previous message left out Mark. So sorry for your loss
Sue Myal
May 5, 2020
Rick and Cindy so sorry for your loss. I remember your Mom as a fun loving nice lady. Remember the time one winter she built a snow rabbit in the front yard and painted the face on it?
Sue Myal
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