Shirley Lee Turner, 81, formerly of Kansas City, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at Lenoir Healthcare Center in Columbia, Mo.

Shirley Lee Turner, 81, formerly of Kansas City, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at Lenoir Healthcare Center in Columbia, Mo.

Shirley was born on July 6, 1930, in Morganville, Kan., the youngest child of Leah Helen (Seitz) and Joseph Dennis Taylor. Following graduation from Morganville High School, she lived a short time in Hawthorne, Calif., and then moved to Kansas City where she worked for TWA. On April 25, 1952, she married Robert Holt Turner. Their only child, Donald Francis, was born in 1956. In 1957, she went to work for Strike ‘n Spare Bowling Alley in Independence and ran the nursery for many years. She worked her way up the ranks and retired as general manager in 1995. In retirement, she worked several years as a teller for Bank of America on Noland Road in Independence. Shirley was a former member of the Kansas City and JaCoMo Chapters of Sweet Adelines. She and her husband were longtime members of the First Baptist Church in Raytown, and after moving to The Groves, Shirley became a member of Community of Christ and sang in the choir.

She was preceded in death by her son in 1978, her husband in 2007, five sisters, Pearl Lamar, Alice Irene Lamb, Nellie Taylor, Sadie Catherine Underwood and Frances Michel, and three brothers, J. Herman, Charles and Dennis Taylor.

She is survived by 15 nieces and nephews; daughter-in-law, June Helling of New York; and sister-in-law Jane Taylor of Independence.

A memorial service will be held at 4 Wednesday, April 25, at The Groves, 1500 White Oak, Independence, Mo. Internment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo.

Condolences may be left at www.Heartlandcremation.com.

Arrangements: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 1114 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201, 573-442-7850.

 

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