Long time Minden resident Neva Storey Turner died Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in McKinney, Texas. “Gan,” as she was known to her family and friends, was born April 14, 1920, in Simsboro. A celebration of her life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Minden, with the Rev. Bill Crider directing the service. Family visitation will be at First Baptist Church on Monday, beginning at 1 p.m.
Gan moved to Minden after graduation from Arcadia High School and studied cosmetology at Shaw’s Beauty School. Walking to work one day, she met Red Turner, and her life was never the same. Gan championed Red all their married years, and nursed him with unsurpassed dedication the last years of his life. She loved her family and was always available when anyone needed her. She was an important role model for all three of her girls and their families. All strived to be as strong a person as she was. She worked at several beauty shops before she opened her own shop and ended her career working at a shop in her home. Gan was an avid bridge player and was proud to have been a charter member of “The Bridge Club,” a group of ladies who started playing bridge together in 1955. Gan always had a funny comment or story for every occasion, especially at The Bridge Club. She was also famous for her meticulously clean house and her gourmet cooking. Another of her favorite hobbies was raising English Bulldogs, a breed she dearly loved. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Women’s Department Club.
Gan was preceded in death by her husband Floyd “Red” Turner, her parents Barbara Jane and Garland Storey, her sister Carman Storey Oakley, her brother Garland Storey, Jr., and her grandson Rhett Turner Reeves. She is survived by daughters Claire Turner Fussell of Minden; Nancy Turner Reeves and husband Sam of Arcadia; and Barbara Turner Cross and husband Ralph of McKinney, Texas. Surviving grandchildren are Mitch Fussell (Jennifer), Jay Fussell (Angela), Margaret Fussell, Becky White (Jeff), Jeff Reeves, Mike Reeves (Stephanie), Sarah Harris (Craig) and Abbie Emery (Brett). Great-grandchildren left with fond memories of their Gan are Matthew, Elizabeth, Jessica (Nathan), Jake, Jeb, Kelsie, Kolby, Mary K., Emma, Michael, Maddie, Ally, Taylor and Lexi. She was the last surviving aunt to a number of both Storey and Turner nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons Mitch Fussell, Jay Fussell, Jeff White, Jeff Reeves, Mike Reeves, Craig Harris and Brett Emery. As Gan requested, ladies of The Bridge Club will be recognized as honorary family members. Special people in Gan’s life who she chose as honorary pallbearers are Richard Campbell, O.H. Haynes, Graydon Kitchens, Darrell Washam, Glen Owens, Butch Ruple and Mike Shuler.
Special thanks to Lisa Catalano and Mark Melton (Chaplin) with VNA and Leah Kimamet, her caretakers for the last years of her life. They loved her and she loved them.
In lieu of flowers, Gan asked that memorials be made to Minden’s St. Jude Telethon, an event dear to her heart, or Minden First Baptist Church.