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Mary Lynn Turner

August 14, 1943 — September 30, 2017

Mary Lynn Turner, 74, of Powhatan, Virginia, passed away peacefully in her home on September 30, 2017. She is survived by her son, Stephen David Turner, daughter-in-law Jennifer Turner, and two beautiful grandchildren, Lilly Katherine and Owen Stephen Turner. Mary Lynn was married to David Russell Turner for 44 years and was recently widowed this past July. Mary Lynn was raised in Staunton, Virginia and attended Robert E. Lee High School. She earned a Bachelors Degree in teaching from Longwood University. She was very active in the drama program while in school, often writing, directing, and acting in several plays. She went on to teach english, speech, and drama at both Chatham and Cave Spring High School in Virginia. She achieved several awards and recognitions for her writing and acting during this time. Mary Lynn will be remembered as a wonderful mother to her son and deeply devoted wife to her husband, David. She provided the best gift a mother could ever give - a solid foundation of unconditional love, nurturance, and acceptance. From a young age, Mary Lynn was drawn to nature and enjoyed nothing more than time spent outside. She devoted her resources and time to charities supporting wildlife and conservation. Throughout her life she often cared for stray animals and nurtured those who were sick and hungry. She was also passionate about the arts, enjoying cinema and plays and always had a book in hand. Mary Lynn’s health rapidly declined in recent weeks. The family would like to acknowledge the competent and compassionate care she received at the Johnston-Willis Hospital and with James River Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the SPCA or World Wildlife Fund. Services private.
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