Wilma Leonard Turner
September 8, 1934 - September 25, 2013
Wilma Leonard Turner, of Rolla, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the age of 79.
She was born in Elk Prairie, MO on September 8, 1934 to the late Earl and Marie (Simily) Leonard.
On July 3, 1966 she married James “Jim” Turner, who survives.
After graduating from Baylor University, Wilma began her teaching career in the Rolla Public Schools and coached championship debate teams at Rolla High School and Parkview High School in Springfield, MO. She also served on the Rolla Board of Education for ten years and on the Board of Directors, Missouri School Boards Association. Late in her career, she was a lecturer in public speaking and communications at the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S & T).
Wilma was very active volunteering her talents with P.E.O. She was initiated into P.E.O. Chapter EM of Rolla and was currently a member of Chapter LL of Rolla. Later, she had served as the past president of the Missouri State Chapter and the International Chapter. She also faithfully attended the First Baptist Church in Rolla where she served as the financial secretary for 37 years and as the church historian.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Anne Marie Turner, and her brother, Earl Wayne Leonard.
Wilma will be greatly missed by her surviving family which includes her husband Jim Turner, of the home; her son, Jay Turner and his wife Kathi, of Rolla; one sister, Wanda Botkin and husband Morris, of St. Charles, MO; two grandchildren, Molly and Joshua Turner, of Rolla; a brother-in-law, Dr. George Warren Swift, of Blacksburg, VA; several nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many dear friends.
A visitation for the family and friends of Wilma Turner will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Null & Son Funeral Home in Rolla. A private burial will take place Friday. A public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 5th at the First Baptist Church in Rolla.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the P.E.O. Foundation designated for the Wilma/Anne Turner Endowed P.E.O. Scholar Awards or to the Rolla First Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be offered at this website.
Barb Davis, (Chapter DQ)To Jim Turner and his family,
It was such a privilege to have met Wilma at one of our chapter meetings and also at state conventions. She will be so missed by so many P.E.O. members and friends. She touched the lives of so many. I am lifting you, your family and Wanda and her family in prayer. May our Lord wrap you all in his loving arms and give you peace and comfort. I am looking forward to her memorial service on Saturday.
Dottye WolfI am thinking of you. Dottye
Fran & Kelvin EricksonJim,
So sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed visiting with Wilma. She was such a precious lady. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Carmaleen Magyar (Sturgeon)To Jim and his family,
I am sending my sincere deepest sympathy and prayers to you at this time. May God be with you and comfort you. I will always remember what Wilma had done.
Bill & Jeanenne SilleckOur deepest sympothy to Jim, Jay and the whole family. We are out of town and will sadly miss the services.
Patti BrysonJim, my heart breaks for you - However, We Will live by faith and rejoice that Anne and Wilma are together. My mother, Lois Fenton is grieving for Wilma and sends her love to you.
Brenda Atkins, P.E.O.Our Sisterhood has lost a bright star. Wilma was an inspiration to us who served as State Presidents as she served on the International Board of P.E.O. We observed her strength during plane crash of her friend Gov. Kernahan and the illness of her daughter and finally her own illnes. She will leave us a lasting legacy of the history and research she has done regarding P.E.O. Thank you for sharing her with us for all those years.
carolyn edisonWilma was a dear, dear friend of mine and was the main reason I went to Baylor University.
My thoughts and prayers are with those she left behind. You will miss her and know she is with the Lord. She was a good servant.
Patricia ElliottWilma was an outstanding teacher and I loved to just listen to her talk. She put so much talent and energy in her work and activities. I especially remember her singing harmony along with her sister Wanda, Mary Lou, Holly. She was a dedicated church member and a loving christian person. A great loss for all.. God bless her loved ones
George and Sue SwiftWe are so sorry to hear of Aunt Wilma's passing. Our hearts and prayers and thoughts are with all of you, and will be as you go forward with this loss. We love you and wish you peace.
Sue and George
Bud & Linda DeanOur thoughts and prayers are with your family.
John and Frieda CarstensWe enjoyed knowing Wilma and are sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person.
Carol GreenI have admired Wilma since the day I met her years ago. She was an OUTSTANDING person. She uplifts everyone she meets. Her intelligence, vocal command, mannerism, compasion, respect for mankind inspires anyone she is around. She just sent me a birthday card telling me she missed seeing me at PEO. I will forever miss seeing her. Your family was so blessed to have had her and I know she is missed greatly. God rest her soul.
Twila Halter & MO Chapter DV, P.E.O.Chapter DV, Maysville, MO, had the privilege of Wilma's visits to our chapter several times. Each time she visited she stayed overnight with our P.E.O. sister, Dixie Hickman. Dixie joined P.E.O. in Rolla and had been a Sunday School teacher where the Leonard family attended church. It was great fun to listen to them reflect on those days.
Wilma will always be remembered as P.E.O.'s #1 cheerleader. She epitomized the ideal of who we are and what we wish to be as P.E.O.s.
All of us who knew Wilma will cherish her friendship and the inspiration we have received because of it. We will always be grateful that the Turner Family unselfishly shared her with us.
We send our sincerest sympathy.