George Turner and Helen Turner (Couple Died after 68 married in a month)
George and Helen Turner, married for 68 years, met in Arkansas when he was 7 and she was 5 years old.
As longtime friends, George wooed Helen in her late teenage years, offering a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. They married in 1952 and later moved to Detroit where they lived for more than 50 years before moving to a senior living facility in Southfield two years ago.
They lived a life full of faith, hope, love and patience while helping those they met. And they died a month after each other.
Helen Bernice Turner, 87, died in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on April 28. George, 89, died on April 6, four days before his 90th birthday, at Park House, an independent elderly living facility in Southfield.
The couple were loyal members of Bailey’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. He lived a life dedicated to God and their families.
George worked for Chevrolet General Motors for 12 years before leaving to become an entrepreneur. In 1964, he was trained as a driving instructor at the Safe Driving School, in partnership with John H. Sheard, before opening the Rite-Way Driving School in 1966. George retired in 2010.
After his retirement, he often remained a businessman, conducting business relations at the dinner table, reading newspapers and bank accounts, preparing for Sunday school classes, and writing notes in the legal notebook.
Helen worked for the U.S. Postal Service from 1965 until her retirement in 1993. She valued being the current parent of the couple’s five children, so she worked the midnight shift so she was home in time to see each of her kids going to school. morning.
The couple created a faithful warm home known for their hospitality. When emigrating from the south, there was an open door policy that allowed friends and family to live with them.
According to her granddaughter Jasmine Way, it was rare to leave Turner with Scripture on many walls without holding hands while praying. Helen sang hymns while cooking and cleaning, and frequently quoted the Scriptures to her children as she folded the laundry.
George was known for his sense of humor and quick wit. He dealt with details and did in-depth research with insightful questions. She always said of her mother: “If you want to make friends, you have to show yourself as friendly first.”
A mother figure and a well-dressed woman to many, Helen was often praised for her stylish looks. She was a founding member of the Elegants social club, a group of women from various C.O.G.I.C. Churches that raise funds for organizations to help their congregations and churches.
He had a generous spirit and always had gifts and cards for his birthdays. He also cooked and packed food for the patients George would bring during his hospital and home visits.
Helen has nurtured and maintained relationships for decades by making daily phone calls to stay in touch with her longtime friends.
In his last days he reestablished his love for reading and enjoyed word search puzzles.
Their love and memories remain at the heart of their daughter Valerie (Keith) Way; sons Derrick (Annette) Turner and Corey (Sharron) Turner; daughter in love, Lynda Jordan; his grandchildren Sidney (TaLawnda) Bragg, Trevell Burton and Corey James Turner; grandchildren Radiance Turner, Stacie Turner and Ashley (Michael) Mason, Jade, Jasmine and Alyse Way; grandchildren Kori, Darius, Kameren and Kennedy Turner and Sebastian and Alivia Mason with extended family and friends.