Doris Turner, 94, of Lily Lake, passed away early Friday morning, May 30, 2014.
She was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Batavia, the fifth of six children of Swedish immigrants Andrew and Hulda (Peterson) Strom.
She grew up on the Garfield Farm near LaFox with her parents; brothers, Evald, Allan and Harold; sisters, Helga and Rose; and uncles, Pat and Mauritz.
She attended Wasco Grade School and graduated from St. Charles High School with honors in 1937. She then entered the nursing school at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill. After graduating from nurse’s training in 1941, she worked first at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and then at Delnor Hospital in St. Charles.
During World War II, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, later promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and was stationed with the Army’s 102nd General Hospital near Devizes, England.
After the war, she returned to Delnor Hospital for two years, and then went to work for Owens-Illinois in West Chicago, Ill. She was the Plant Nurse there for seven years, and won the Queen of Owens-Illinois contest in 1952.
Doris married George W. Turner on July 18, 1953, and moved to the Turner farm in Lily Lake, where she lived for over 60 years.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake for over 90 years. She taught Sunday School there and participated in several of the church’s women’s groups. She was a member of the American Legion for over 60 years, a member of the Ugo-Igo club for over 60 years, and was an election judge in Campton Township for over 25 years.
She travelled extensively in the United States, Sweden, England and Scotland. She went camping every summer with George and their kids for many years. In later years, she went on bus trips with groups including the Grace Roadrunners and the Prime Time Club. She was a life-long Cubs fan and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.
Doris was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by four loving sons, Jim of Watsonville, Calif., Bill (Mary) of Muscatine, Iowa, Dan (Peggy) of Lily Lake and Steve (Melanie) of St. Charles; and five grandchildren, Adam, Aaron, Kari, Andrew and Katie. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Harriet Strom of Geneva and Phyllis Turner of Sister Bay, Wis.; and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; brothers, Evald, Allan and Harold; and sisters, Helga and Rose.
Visitation was held Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake. A funeral was held following visitation. Interment took place at Lily Lake Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Doris’ favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Doris Turner Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.