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
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
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.
You were always there when I needed you, and I thank
You never judged anyone, and you loved everybody.
I will miss you Mom.
Say “Hi” to dad. I love you.
Your son, Steve