Mabel Irene Turner, 90

AUG. 18, 1921-MAY 1, 2012

June 19, 2012

Mabel Irene Turner, 90, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012, after battling cancer and diabetes for seven years.

Mabel was brave, self-reliant, loyal to friends and family, talented and generous.

Mabel was born Aug. 18, 1921, in Williamsport, Md. She was a happy addition to the James E. and Olive G. Turner family since she was the only girl following five boys — Gordon, William, Mansfield, Richard and Claudius.

Her father worked in the tannery, and her mother raised the children while working on the farm. The boys and Mabel helped whenever they could when they weren’t in school, and Mabel still managed to graduate at the top of her class in 1940.

The flood of March 1936 washed away their home and all of their belongings. The family had to move and start over. It was one of the most frightening and memorable events of Mabel’s life. But as the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was still operating when Mabel was living there, she enjoyed endless hours watching the boats float up and down the river.


After graduation, Mabel joined the U.S. Army to help the soldiers and support our country during World War II. She performed at concerts around her home. This came in very handy, as she sang and played guitar for the troops at the USO. Mabel had brains, determination and courage.

After the Army, Mabel met her best friend, Ida Urcinoli, in Florida. They moved to California to join Ida’s youngest sister, and lived in Point Loma. Ida and Mabel eventually moved to Spring Valley, Calif., and purchased a home together. They were best of friends for 65 years.

Mabel had a long business career, and excelled at bowling and was an exclusive member of the 300 club.

She also was an avid handicapper at the horse races. She was a rare gem, and will be sorely missed by all of her friends and family members, Wayne Turner, Lois Gelwicks, Harry Turner, Carol Guessford, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be Monday, June 25, 2012, at Greenlawn Cemetery, Williamsport.

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