ELVIRA BERNADETTE TURNER

Vida Turner nee Soto, of Mora, died on Monday, August 22, 2011 at Firstlight Hospital of Mora.  She was 80 years old

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 9 AM on Friday, August 26, 2011 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora with Rita Clasemann officiating.

VISITATION will be held 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home at 8:30 am.

INURNMENT will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery following the service on Friday at 1:05 PM at assembly area #1.

Elvira “Vida” Bernadette Turner nee Soto, of Mora, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2011 at the First Light Health Center in Mora, MN.  She was 80 years old.
Elvira was born on June 11, 1931 in Chaska, MN to parents Frank and Evelyn (Contreras) Soto.  One of thirteen children, she grew up in South East Saint Paul and attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy.
On February 5, 1951, Elvira was united in marriage to Marvin Francis Turner in St. Paul, MN.  The couple remained in St. Paul and started their family until 1955 when they moved to Circle Pines.  Vida kept busy raising her seven children.  In 1970 the family moved to a hobby farm in Ogilvie.  Vida enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens and her large rock garden.  She loved to take care of her many animals: chickens, geese, cows, horses, cats, and dogs.  In the early 1990’s Vida and Marvin moved to a home in Brook Park where they remained for about ten years before moving to their home in Mora where Vida continued to live until her death.
Vida had many hobbies including playing the accordion for her family; crocheting and knitting, and sewing clothes for her children.  She loved cooking and baking cookies, reading, doing puzzles and crosswords.  Vida had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make silly jokes to make her friends and family laugh. The highlights of her life were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She will be dearly missed.
Elvira is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin, a granddaughter Teri, and eight brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her children Stephen Turner of Coon Rapids, Kitty (Greg) Comer of Andover, Lois (James) Powers of Stacy, Lana (Gary) Peterson of Mora, Brenda (Geno) Howard of Braham, Donald (Resa) Turner of Mora, and Timothy (Jen) Turner of New York; Grandchildren Jamie, Jody, Heather, James, Brice, Angela, Bryan, Danny, Ryan, Amber, Toni, Dara, Delaine, Donny, Dylon, Cori, Therese, Ashtin,Tucker and Brody; great grandchildren Kallie, Nicole, James, Liam, Amy, Alex, Lance, Brayden, Jaelyn, Landen, Korissa, Brandon, Banica; Siblings Frank Soto, Evelyn Fick, Beatrice (Jake) Reichert, and Rosalie.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 9:00am on Friday, August 26, 2011 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home with Rita Clasemann officiating.  Inurnment will be at 1:05pm the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.  Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.  Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com

My mother, Vida Turner told me once that her name “Vida”, meant “life” in Spanish.  And that was the perfect name for her because she was so full of life! She loved to make jokes, make people laugh, be entertaining, and laugh along with all of us. No matter what you said to her, she always had a funny comment to come back to us with. She gave us all a great sense of humor that comes in handy every day in our lives.
She was a busy raising 7 children, but she never lost her ability to laugh even when I’m sure she wanted to cry. She loved her parents and her siblings very much and enjoyed keeping in touch with them by phone when she wasn’t able to visit. I remember one summer day when  I was young and we lived in Circle Pines, her and I looked for 4-leaf clovers in our backyard and one day spent an hour looking and came up with an array of 4,5,6…all the way up to an 11-leaf clovers. We couldn’t believe it and pressed it in a huge old dictionary she had. To this day I have never found another clover patch like it, but when I see clover patches I think of her, and I keep looking for that elusive special one.
She loved and was very proud of her grandchildren. When her first grandchild, Jamie, was a baby, she and my dad would take him into town, when they went to Mora, to show him off.  They loved another baby around the house and to this day, Jamie holds a special bond with them, and loves them dearly.
When Jody, their second grandchild came along, they were pretty much pros at taking care of grandkids, since they’d been doing it for the past 3 years. Both dad and mom loved taking the kids outside and taking them for walks, showing them the animals on the farm and coming up with many ways to keep them entertained. We spent most weekends at their farm when Jamie and Jody were young and they both hold precious and humorous memories of that time and of their Grandma and Grandpa.
They both looked forward to having company stop by and that meant putting on the coffee pot and taking out the latest cake or baked treat that mom had made. (Mom left me with a love of baking that I still enjoy and appreciate today). They loved to sit around the table with you and talk about everything. Mom couldn’t sit still for very long though and was like a little butterfly flitting from flower to flower as she thought of things to do or get while we sat there, always returning with a few seconds. She was a bundle of energy always, up until recently. That  probably was the worst thing for her, to have to be in a chair or bed and unable to get up and join in the fun, with her ever ready, funny little dances she would do for us and the comical shaking or her head and running around with the grandkids.  She was always asking “what can I get for you?”, or, “do you want something to eat or drink?”  And she’d have a little item she picked up while shopping to give to us or offer her own belongings to us. She would also offer financial assistance, when she had it or she thought we needed it. She put our well being and happiness before hers. She loved each and every one of us and just wanted to be a part of our lives, which I am ashamed to say, were many times, we thought,  too busy to include a visit to see her and dad.
She left us a legacy of determination, pride, laughter, a love of children, and joy in even the simplest everyday things in life and nature, and a strong will and spirit which refuses to be broken. Even at the end she refused to give up the fight and her doctors said over and over, she continues to amaze us every day with her strength and will to continue on when it is seemingly impossible.
Mom, we love you and will miss you, probably even more than we know right now and thank you for giving us your strengths, wisdom, sense of humor, caring-heart, and fighting spirit that each of us have retained and use daily in our lives. The heavens received their brightest star when you left this world and I know you have everyone up there laughing and wondering how one little person like you can talk so fast and do so much. And I know you are with dad, your husband of 54 years, and you’ve made him the happiest person in heaven with your arrival. We’ll miss you mom, and when you can, talk to us and we will be talking to you, a lot, because you also left us with the gift of gab, which I love, and the need to keep you near us, however we can.  Take our love for you and dad, with you. God Bless you and we’ll see you soon.
Love you forever,
Your Daughter  Kitty

Dear Mom,
As I sit down to write my memories of you, I find it difficult to choose only a few of them.  You were such a multi-faceted person. You were the perpetual “energizer bunny,” and I do mean perpetual.  You were going from the time you got up to the time you went to sleep.  There was always something or someone that needed taking care of. You were thoughtful and caring, kind and generous, always wanting to give what you could offer.  Even in your sickness, you worried when I was ill and apologized to me  for the stress.  Your humor and silliness were second to none, and you could always crack us up with laughter.  I thank you for all these qualities that you passed onto me; especially your quiet strength and unfailing determination to keep going, regardless of situation.  There is one thing I could have really done without-that would be your obsessions for saving and collecting things.  I’ve been told that I’ll never have to buy another pair of shoes for as long as I live!  Of course, my girls are probably going to lament the same thing about me! Mom, how could I possibly say good-bye to you?  I cherish the person you were and willmiss you every day for the rest of my life.

Love you- Your little girl, Brenda

Dear Grandma,

You always had a smile and the voice to go along with it. I can still hear yousaying my name with inflections I’ll never be able to recreate.

Here are some of my favorite memories:
Picking raspberries…especially the orange ones!
Walking between all the flower beds and stopping to say hi to the dogs.
Looking for agates on the gravel roads.
Walking through the corn field to get to the river and making sure to do the mandatory “woodtick check” at then end.
Asking you to let us look at all the knick-knacks on display and being thrilled to “check-out” a video to bring home. Some favorites included The Money Pit, Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (the Dinosaur one) and The Neverending Story.
I’ll always remember the bobby pins in your hair, and the way we always wanted you to let us see the accordion. (We did get you to play it once.)
Even near the end, you had a sense of humor when I went to visit, making faces or lifting an eyebrow. And I’ll never forget the joy in your face when you saw my children.

I love you, Grandma, and will miss you. I hope you and Grandpa are having a great time in heaven.
Love, Toni

 

Dear Mom,

You were always there when I needed you, and I thank
you.

You never judged anyone, and you loved everybody.

I will miss you Mom.
Say “Hi” to dad.  I love you.

Your son, Steve


15 guestbook entries for ELVIRA BERNADETTE TURNER

  1. Jamie August 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Grandma,
    Honestly I still can’t believe your gone..You and Grandpa meant so very much to me..I treasure the summers I got to stay with you and Grandpa on the farm..the walks, wading in the river, picking raspberries, I just loved everything we did together Grandma In later years you would call and ask if I wanted to come and stay with you…I also drove up to your house to surprise you ..I can’t remember you without a smile on your face Grandma..You really liked it when you and I drove to town to go shopping…I can still remember the stories you’d tell me about when you were younger..living in St. Paul..I’ll sure miss that Grandma…I’m going to miss everything about you and also Grandpa…I lost two of the people I loved the most in less than a year..Grandma I know that you are now with Grandpa and your other family and friends..I know they will all be happy to see you. But for me…it’s going to take some time before I’m happy again…As time goes by…I know I’ll go on with my life…but I will never forget you and Grandpa…Thank you Grandma for being such a major part in my life..I Love You and Grandpa..I’ll see you both soon….

  2. Marianne (Rodriguez) Baron August 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    To my “Turner Family” cousins,
    May you be blessed with all the strength and grace you need to hold you right now and with peace to soothe you.
    With much love and a heavy-heavy heart,
    Your cousin Marianne

  3. LeeAnn Turner August 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Kitty and family:
    This is LeeAnn, Bob (and Bernice) Turner’s daughter. I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Vida’s passing away so soon after Uncle Marvin’s death so few short months ago. I haven’t seen you or your family since we were kids, but I have very fond memories of your family. Please accept my condolences!! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your cousin, LeeAnn Turner

  4. Randy Turner August 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    I remember a fond memory of Aunt Vida when I was in 3rd grade. She walked all the way to my elementary school with my brother Lee, my sister Robyn and myself frm our house in Mounds View. She said she wanted us to know how to get home if we ever missed the bus. I told her that I didn’t like school because the days were to long. I remember her telling me to enjoy those long days because when where done with school life goes very fast. She was so right! She loved her family so much! My prayers our with all of you at this sad time! Randy Turner

  5. Betty Zehm Christian August 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    You will always be Elvira to us from St. Josephs Academy. For years we tried to get in touch with you. You missed many reunions and luncheons. I’ve thought of you and the street car rides we had both to and from the Academy. Together we helped each other with many things on those rides. Rest in peace. I will continue thinking of you and saying a little prayer .

  6. Maria Berglund Howerter August 30, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    I heard what happened late last week and I wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss!!! I have such FOND AND WONDERFUL memories of Vida on the farm from when I was a littl girl and up until I was a teenager I begged to go there. Being with her, Vida, and your family were some of the rarest happiest times of my childhood and I do not say this lightly… She was a beautiful bubbly lady and I was honored to know her, and all of you, and she indeed will be missed! I hope your own lovely memories will comfort you now and she will be with you all forever in your hearts and memories. I pray this will carry you through this difficult time. All my love to you.

    ~ Cousin Mia

  7. Kitty Comer September 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I just want to thank everyone who wrote their memories on this website. You know my mom loved each and everyone of you, and I so appreciate you taking the time to write and let us know things we didn’t even know our mom did. That was very special and again, thank you so much, it means a lot.
    Her daughter, kitty comer

  8. jamie brown June 10, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Hi grandma. Today is your 81st birthday. As usual I’ll be thinking of you all day. Wish you were here to celebrate with us. Well grandma say hello to grandpa for me and thank you for everything. I always remember the fun we had together. All my love,
    jamie

  9. Kitty Comer June 13, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Mom, Your birthday has come and gone again this year, without the party we had at your house last year. It hurts so much to even think of that. At least I know your are not hurting and laying in the hospital this year, I hope you are with dad and your family and your baby granddaughter. We all miss you and dad so much, and it still seems so unvelievable that yu both are gone. That is the most horrible thing that ever has happened to me, that I can remember, nothing is worse. Hope to see you soon, I love you and dad. Love, Kitty

  10. Jamie August 22, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Thinking about you grandma..RIP
    Love you

  11. jamie December 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Grandma,
    It
    ‘s Christmas Eve. I had to use all i had so I wouldn’t
    call you today and wish you and grandpa a merry christmas..Time doesn’t help the loss of you and grandpa go away. Whomever said that never had the chance to meet you or Grandpa. I love you and grandpa so much. It sure hasn’t gotten any eaasier for me. I love you both so much!

  12. jamie June 11, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Thinking of you even more today. Happy birthday ,grandma. I love you.

  13. jamie March 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    Still thinking of you and grandpa so much, everyday I love you so much.

  14. Amber April 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    I’m working with a woman with the last name Soto. Thinking of you Grandma.

  15. jamie June 11, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    Happy Birthday Grandma. I love and miss you and grandpa very much.

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