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Sister Margaret Turner, GNSH, 89, formerly Sister St. George, died March 6, 2017, at St. Joseph's Manor, Meadowbrook, Pa., in the 71st year of her religious life. Daughter of the late Henry K. and Julia Jones Turner, Margaret Jean was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Gouverneur, N.Y. Growing up in Northern New York, she attended Morristown Central HS for 3 years but graduated from St. Mary's Academy, Ogdensburg, in 1946, entering the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart that same year. She later received an RN degree from Champlain Valley Hospital School of Nursing, Plattsburgh, N.Y. Her ministry spanned 50 years in the field of health related care in Kodiak, Alaska, Plattsburgh, Ogdensburg and Buffalo, N.Y., and Philadelphia and Yardley, Pa. North Country assignments included Champlain Valley Hospital, Plattsburgh, St. Joseph's Home and A. Barton Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg.
Second only to her love of the North Country, was her love of Kodiak, Alaska, where she lived and served for more than 21 years. She returned to the Motherhouse in 1991, serving for the next ten years as driver for the sisters, as telephone operator and receptionist. When failing health and loss of most of her sight necessitated her retirement in 2001, her days included a ministry of prayer and receptionist for an additional 13 years. She returned to her beloved North Country as often as she was able to visit and vacation over the years.
In addition to her religious congregation she is survived by her sister, Diane L. Ray and several cousins. Her brother, Emmett K. Turner, predeceased her. The Liturgy of Christian burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the Holy Redeemer Sisters Chapel, 521 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. Funeral arrangements directed by Beck-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc. Donations in memory of Sister Margaret will be greatly appreciated and may be made to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, 14500 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188.
Published on March 10, 2017
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