Judy Turner

  • Born: October 7, 1938
  • Died: March 25, 2015
  • Location: Grinnell, Iowa

Smith Funeral Home

1103 Broad Street
P.O. Box 368
Grinnell, IA 50112

Tel. (641) 236-3134

Tribute & Message From The Family

Judy Turner, age 76, of Grinnell, died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at her home.

A celebration of life gathering will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell.

Memorial contributions may be designated in her name to the First Baptist Church in Grinnell or to Grinnell Regional Hospice, mailed in care in care the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

Judith Evelyn Rutherford was born the daughter of Ralph William Rutherford and Isabel Parker (Bowman) Rutherford on Friday, October 7, 1938, in Grinnell, Iowa. She was raised on the family farm near Grinnell and was first educated at Malcom Country School Number 3 in rural Poweshiek County. She graduated from Grinnell High School, class of 1956.

She was united in marriage to Hillard Turner, Jr. on September 9, 1955, at the First Baptist Church in Grinnell. The couple was blessed with four children, Diana, Joni, Laura and Greg. They raised their family in Grinnell and later moved to the family farm southeast of Grinnell, where she enjoyed nature, raising horses, tending to her garden and landscaping. Judy worked at DeKalb Pfizer Genetics, now Monsanto, for over 27 years until her retirement in 2002.

Judy was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Grinnell. She held a strong love for her family, was very devoted to her church and faith in Jesus Christ, and held a special love for her cats. Her family described her as artistic, creative, straight-forward, prompt and always busy with an activity. She enjoyed square and round dancing, sewing, making jewelry and miniatures, and taking family trips, especially to Apple River in Wisconsin.

Judy is survived by her husband of 59 years, Hillard Turner, Jr. of Grinnell; 2 daughters, Diane (Gary) Forristall of Macedonia, IA and Laura (Steve) Poole of Grinnell; son, Greg (Lynn) Turner of Greenwood, FL; grandchildren, Hillary (Forristall) Hughes of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kevin Forristall of Macedonia, IA, Audrey (Lymer) Johnson of Kansas City, MO, Aaron Lymer of Steamboat Springs, CO, Jolene Harris, Katie Harris and Colton Harris, all of Denver, CO, Shyann Turner and Dalton Turner, both of Greenwood, FL, step-grandchildren Dylon Mitchell of Grinnell, Sierra Mitchell of Greenwood, FL; 6 great grandchildren; and her brother, Bob Rutherford of Grinnell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Joni Harris on February 26, 2013; sister, Carolyn Stuart; and son-in-law, Tim Harris on December 8, 2013.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My prayers go out to the Turner family. I have wonderful memories of our younger years being together. Judy was a very special person. Judy will be missed. Keeping all of you in my prayers.

Posted by Gretta (Green) Embree - Washington, IA - friend   March 30, 2015

Laura and Steve, My Deepest & Sincere Sympathy to you Laura in the passing of your mother.

Posted by Barbara Wolf - Grinnell, IA - friend   March 29, 2015

To the Turner Family;Sorry for the loss, tis a hard thing to go thru. She is a rest now and not hurting. Put a smile on your face and make the best of each day.

Posted by Myna Allen - Grinnell, IA - friend   March 29, 2015

Junior and family, you have my prayers and sympathy during this trial know that your faith in God will sustain you and give you strength. Carol Farmer Thomas

Posted by carol j thomas - yankton, SD - friend   March 28, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Judy was a very special person. We always enjoyed visiting with her when she was at Diane's. Love to you all.

Posted by Warren Goos,Glenda Goos - Carson, IA - friends   March 28, 2015

So sorry that I am still away for the winter. We have had many good times. Please know that I am thinking of your family and will see you soon.

Posted by Carol Jordan - Grinnell, IA - friend   March 27, 2015

Judy was a wonderful neighbor and a lovely lady.

Posted by Joan Larimer - Grinnell, IA - neighbor   March 27, 2015

So sorry for your loss. She will be missed by those who knew here well. Know that prayers are being sent to you all at this time of grieving.

Posted by Betty (Anderson) Broders - Grnnell, IA - Family Friend   March 27, 2015

Judy will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We loved her laugh and her loving attention to family. She was a fun-loving aunt who loved family gatherings. We could always count on her to take family movies and photographs. She especially enjoyed capturing naughty moments of children and laughing about them later! We were always in awe of her creativity and the projects she worked on. Whenever a family member was in need, she and Junior were always there to help. We are so sorry that we won't be able to make the trip to Iowa on Sunday to laugh and cry with all of you as you celebrate her life. Please know that we are grieving with you and send loving thoughts your way.
Doug and Beth Stuart

Posted by Doug and Beth Stuart - Watertown, WI - nephew   March 27, 2015

Judy and I have been good friends since high school. We have kept in touch all these years. I stopped in to see her once in awhile and will miss seeing her to remi-
nisce. My sympathy to Junior and the family.

Posted by Dotty Hall - Brooklyn, IA - High School friend   March 26, 2015