Carrie V. Turner (nee: Bowser), age 92, passed away April 30, 2023. Loving wife of the late Theodore M. Sr. Dear mother to Phyllis Reindel (Richard), Theodore Jr. (Sherree), Bernice Duffy (Robert, deceased), James (Brigette), Robert (Sally), John Turner, deceased, and Carrie Leftridge (Theodore). Guardian mother to Hope Everett and Keith Russo. Grandmother of 26, Great grandmother of 36 and Great great grandmother of 4. Preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters, sister of William Bowser (Barbara, deceased). Sister-in-law to the late Jane Gundy (Ernest)
Carrie's passing was exactly how she willed it to be. Her relationship with God prevailed. She was released from life's burdens on The Lords Day-Sunday, she passed in her sleep peacefully, and was under the long term care of her family where she passed at home. She never wanted to extend her life with medical assistance. She prayed her wishes to become reality...with God's help!
Carrie was a loving wife and mother, dedicating her time raising 7 children and guardian to the two children of her late sister Mag's. Known as the "Give-a-way" gramma, Carrie always did whatever she could do to help. A roof over your head, babysitting services or gas money was guaranteed to be yours...for the small fee of listening to her endless storytelling and jokes. Her creative and charismatic ways of telling long life stories ....over and over again...will be some of fondness memories. Mom and Grandma made growing up in her family filled with love and fun especially at Christmas. The big red brick house on Scranton Rd was where the presents were.
Later in life, She spent many years working on PTA's at schools like St. Michaels, Buhrer Elementary as well as Lincoln West. Where she was the First PTA President of the new school. Throughout her life she volunteered services on organizations like The Legion of Mary at St. Augustine's Parish, The Altar and Rosary Society at St Michaels, St Vincent DePaul and helping at church picnics was one of her favorites.
As children grew, she eventually worked for the Cleveland Public School District as a Teachers Aide and then as a Court Liasson Aide at Lincoln West High School. This was one of her most rewarding and challenging positions. She counseled teenage youth that were under court orders and labeled as "troubled youth" needing guidance and support. She was always so privileged to help and proud of their successes. Carrie captured a full Plain Dealer front page article as she crossed The Welcome Bridge -West to East-to kick off Cleveland's Desegregation movement in the public schools. Carrie fought hard for equal education of all children.
Carrie was known in the Tremont neighborhood simply as Ms. Turner. Everywhere we she went someone would say "Hi Ms. Turner" and that made her day, especially after The Christmas Story movie was filmed in one of her rental properties on West 11th Street in Cleveland.
Funeral mass Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 11am at St. Michaels Church, 3114 Scranton Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Michael's Repair Our Wings Capital Campaign to the address above. The family will receive friends Tuesday May 9, from 3-7pm at the A. RIPEPI & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY RD., MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS (WEST OF I-71)
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