Olletta Jean Turner

COLUMBIA — Olletta Jean Turner of Columbia died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at The Bluffs. She was 84.

She was born July 13, 1926, in Eldon, Mo., to Silas Glenn Patrick Reichel and Brooxie Watts Reichel. Ms. Turner married William Joseph Klug on Aug. 6, 1944, in Tuscumbia, Mo. He died July 24, 1960. She married her second husband, Clifford Turner Jr., on Aug. 2, 1963.

Mrs. Turner was a member of Delta Alpha organization. She was also a junior bowling coach at Town & Country lanes in Columbia for 19 years.

“She was good with the kids,” said Don Rippeto, one of Mrs. Turner’s co-workers. “They all wanted to come down and be with her.”

Mrs. Turner's passions included traveling, golf, working in her garden and caring for her family.

Survivors include two sons, David Klug and wife Linda, and Gary Turner; three daughters, Vicki Brown and husband Sherman, Jacqueline Van Delden and husband Mahlon, all of Columbia, and Kaydie Silk and husband Garry of Westerly, R.I.; 14 grandchildren, Melissa Murphy and husband Blair, Rebecca Morrow, Corey Turner and wife Camie, Josh Turner and Maria Brown, Melissa Wachtel and husband Jonnie, Alex Turner, Whitney Brown, Eric Van Delden, Grant Van Delden, all of Columbia, Erika Silk, Erin Plowman and husband Michael of Connecticut, Lynn Bacon and husband Steve of Indiana, Sherman Brown III of Virginia, and Michael Klug and Jennifer Prior of Vandalia, Mo.; and 14 great-grandchildren, Joseph, Taylor, Gabe, Nathan, Garrison, Arryanna, Braden, Maddie, Molly, Norah, Madison, Philo, Haley and Carson.

Her husband; an infant son, William Michael Klug; a brother; and a sister died earlier.

Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by services at 10 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Coyote Hills, or Cosmopolitan Diabetes Association.

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