Donna  Turner


Donna J. Turner, 72, Carthage, Mo., died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, of cancer. She was born May 8, 1946, in Carthage, Mo., the daughter of the late Herbert D. Stanley and Viola M. (Freeman) Stanley, brother of Herbert D. Stanley Jr. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1964, completed her freshman year at Joplin Junior College.
She was married to Jerry L. Turner of, Carthage, in Denver, Colo., October 2, 1965, where Jerry was serving in the United States Air Force. Their Air Force career provided the opportunity to live in Tampa, Fla., Hampton, Va., Biloxi, Miss. and Colorado Springs, Colo.
While living in Colorado Springs Donna worked as a teacher's aid at the Colorado School for Deaf and Blind, served as a deaf interpreter (sign language) and was executive secretary for James Irwin's High Flight organization.
In 1975 Jerry and Donna began service with Mission Aviation Fellowship serving in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In 1982 they moved to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area to provide air service to Haiti.
While serving with MAF Donna filled many rolls in addition to being mother to her three daughters, Gayla, Lisa and Stacy. She played piano and organ for local churches, performed flight tracking and radio communication for Jerry and bucked rivets (very reluctantly) when Jerry needed a helping hand at the hangar.
In 1986, Jerry and Donna moved to the Carthage area. Donna worked in the Carthage High School office and then finished her BS Education degree at MSSU Joplin. She taught English and Spanish at Aurora High School and the Carthage High School. Donna played the organ and piano for First Baptist Church Carthage and First Christian Church Carthage. Donna was very involved with the Photo Recovery Program following the Joplin tornado.
Her hobbies included crochet, cross stitch and riding a motorcycle with Jerry all over Arizona and Colorado.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Turner, Carthage. Daughters, Gayla Gelven, Tulsa, Okla., Lisa Irwin, Malvern, Ark., Stacy Lee, Osawatomie, Kan. Grandchildren, Stefan Gelven, Oklahoma City. Marie Gelven, Denver, Colo., Kaylynn Lee, Bryce Lee, Blake Lee, Osawatomie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may made to the Carthage Crisis Center.
Visitation will be at First Baptist Church Carthage, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 12-1:30 p.m. Service at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Thad Beeler will officiate. Internment at Park Cemetery, Carthage.
Arrangements are by Ulmer Funeral Home, 1208 South Garrison, Carthage.
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Linda & Leland Calhoun
Nov 28, 2018
Jerry & Girls,
Donna was a wonderful friend in MAF Honduras. We have lost touch over the years as we and you moved around. We will miss Donna and look forward to seeing her again in Heaven.

Please send us a mailing address so that we can place some Gideon Bibles in her memory.

Lee & Linda Calhoun
207 Rangewood Rd.
Piney Flats, TN 37686
Tom Hilton
Nov 14, 2018
Jerry and family, am so sorry for your loss. I have known Donna since I was kid at FBC Carthage. And then got to work with her as a fellow musician when I would come back home. I will miss her, her uncompromising musical talent, and over all one of the most practical real-get it people I had the privilege of knowing. May God give you comfort in ways that cannot be expressed verbally or in writing.
Linda LeMasters Hobbs
Nov 13, 2018
Jerry and family, I’m so very sorry, I loved Donna like a sister. My heart is so heavy with tears. Try to remember that our beloved Donna has seen the face of God, and her soul has touch eternity .
Gayle Myers
Nov 13, 2018
Jerry, I’m sorry for your loss.