Marabel King Turner, 85, of 4600 Route 60, Gerry, N.Y., passed away at 10:33 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in WCA Hospital.
A lifelong area resident, she was born Oct. 24, 1928, in Ashville, N.Y., a daughter of the late Paul H. and Eva Lucas King.
She was a graduate of Lakewood High School and attended the Alfred College Extension. She received her bachelor's degree from Houghton College, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Marabel K. Turner
In earlier years, she was an elementary school teacher at the former Palmers Corners School House on Baker Street Extension.
She was currently a member of the Gerry United Methodist Church and in previous years was a member of the Celoron and Ashville United Methodist Church.
Marabel was an active member of the United Methodist Women for many years, holding several offices including Western New York Conference president. She also filled many offices for the Western New York School of Christian Missions, including dean. She was instrumental in the formation of the food pantry at the Ashville United Methodist Church and was a volunteer for Heritage Ministries.
She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother, who truly lived to serve others. She will also be remembered for her love and mastery of the game of croquet.
Surviving are three daughters: Ruth T. Wahl of Napoli, N.Y., Molly T. (David) Golando of Fredonia, N.Y., and Peggy (John) Hallberg of Jamestown; three sons: Tim E. Turner of Canton, Texas, Lauren K. (Debra) Turner of Warsaw, N.Y., and Paul A. Turner of Willoughby, Ohio; 13 grandchildren: Dr. Christopher T. Wahl, Lydena Roberts, Chance Turner, Jo-Carl Turner, Sherry Turner, Tiffany Turner, Joy Golando, Grace Golando, Gregory Golando, Kalynn Turner, Elizabeth Hallberg, Emylia Hallberg and Stephen Hallberg; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Conrad (Betty) King of Ashville, N.Y.; and her sister-in-law, Rachel A. Turner of Jamestown.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, W. Edward Turner, who died April 10, 2010.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in the Gerry United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Heather Allport-Cohoon, pastor, will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the memorial service in the Lind Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Gerry United Metho-dist Church, Route 60, Gerry, NY 14740, the Ashville United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 2180 North Maple Ave., Ashville, NY 14710 or to the United Methodist Women Mission Giving at www.umwonline.org.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Marabel at www.lindfuneralhome.com.