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Columbia Missourian

Devonia Raye 'Dimp' Turner, July 27, 1938 — Nov. 26, 2013

By Missourian staff
November 29, 2013 | 4:26 p.m. CST

Devonia Raye “Dimp” Turner, of Fayette, died on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Fayette Caring Center. She was 75.

An only child, she was born on July 27, 1928, in Kansas City, Kan., to Beatrice Letcher and Columbus Sims. She lived there until she met and married Earl Turner Sr., of Fayette.

For more than 30 years, Mrs. Turner worked in nursing as a certified medical aid, beginning at the University Hospital in Columbia. She also worked at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and Lenoir, Candlelight and Columbia Manor care facilities in Columbia. She retired in the late 1990s.

A lover of music, she enjoyed playing the piano, singing and drawing. She also loved to travel and spend special times with her family. She provided day care to many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren after she retired.

Her parents and a daughter, Edith, died earlier.

Survivors include five sons: Earl Turner Jr., and his wife, Christine, of Las Vegas, Darrell Turner Sr. of Fayette, Thomas Turner, and his wife, Ramona, John Turner and his wife, Robin, and Stephen Turner, all of Columbia; three daughters: Denise Collins, and her husband, Ray, of Columbia, Stephanie Turner of Columbia, and Sheila Turner of Fayette; 28 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Carr-Yager Funeral Home, 204 N. Linn St., in Fayette. Services will follow at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fayette City Cemetery.

A family reception will be held afterward at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Fayette.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.