C. Patricia Turner Debnam

  • Born: June 3, 1923
  • Died: March 24, 2015
  • Location: Horsham, Pennsylvania


2901 W 2nd Street
Wilmington, DE 19805

Tel. (302) 652-8887

Tribute & Message From The Family

The first African American female doctor in Delaware, C. Patricia Turner Debnam, M.D., died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Warminster, PA. A resident of Horsham, PA for the past 10 years, Patricia was the widow of Dr. Charles H. Debnam, of Marshallton, DE. Patricia, the daughter of the late Patrick William Turner and Helen Esther Henderson Turner, and sister of the late Helen E. "Betty" Turner Hayes, M.D; mother of Charlene D. Jenkins (J. David) of Horsham, PA, and Christopher C. P. Debnam (Barbara W.) of Wilmington, DE; grandmother of David Alexander Jenkins, Morgan Louise Debnam, Ashley Christine Debnam and fiancé, Derek Allen Hodges, and Christine Lee Berna Link (Kenneth J.). Dr. Turner was a resident psychiatrist at Delaware State Hospital, and later had a private practice as obstetrician and general practitioner in Wilmington, DE, for over 50 years. She served on the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging, was a member of the Board of the Matrix Research Institute, the American Medical Association, and was a lifetime member of Quota International. When asked about challenges faced in her career based on the views of others particularly regarding her race or gender, Patricia said it was difficult, but she was successful as a result of following her philosophy, "If someone had a problem with me as a woman or an African American, I always thought it was their problem, not mine." A viewing will take place at Congo Funeral Home, 24th & Market Sts., Wilmington, DE, Sunday, March 29, from 3:00 to 6:00pm. Services will be held Monday, March 30, 2015, at 11:00am, at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SSAM), 719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington, DE. Burial, Gracelawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Ronald McDonald House, 1901 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by Linda Hunter-Everett - Wilmington, DE   April 06, 2015

I was sorry to hear of Dr Turner's passing. She delivered both of my daughters--January 1965 and April 1971. She was a very nice lady and an outstanding doctor. My sincere condolences to her family. Rest in peace.

Posted by Francis E Roy Jr - Newark, DE   April 04, 2015

She was certainly a wonderful and very pleasant and nice person. Surely she will be missed. She was one that we were very proud of.

Posted by Veronica - Wilmington, DE   April 01, 2015

I was sorry to hear of Dr. Patricia Turner"s passing. She delivered two of my children and also took care of them when they were ill. She was a great doctor to me as I was a nervous twit with first child. She needed and gave patience with me.

Posted by Debbie Everette - Wilmington, DE   March 30, 2015

Chris, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. You have my deepest sympathy. Love, Cheryl Burgess

Posted by Cheryl Burgess - Wilmington, DE   March 30, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your love one. May Jehovah the God of tender mercy and comfort strengthen you during your time of sorrow.

Posted by Carol - New Castle, DE   March 30, 2015

Sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Turner, she delivered our son. She was a sweet person. James & Patricia Mayfield

Posted by Patricia Mayfield - Townsend, DE   March 29, 2015

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Pat Turner. Dr. Turner delivered all 3 of our children. She was a beautiful soul. Will miss her smile especially whenever I ran into her. Peace, Les and Jackie Roberts

Posted by Jacqueline Roberts - Wilmington, DE   March 27, 2015

Chris and Barbara We were very saddened to read of the passing of your dear mother. We have fond memories of her when we were neighbors many years ago. She was a fun loving, compassionate woman who had an infectious smile. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Bill and Louise Carbaugh - Newark, DE   March 27, 2015

To the Family, Extending our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you. Sincerely, DeVere and Charity Patton

Posted by Charity Patton - Wilm, DE   March 26, 2015

I will miss Ms. Patricia warm smile and calm spirit! To God be the Glory for such a nice and smart Lady!

Posted by Tracey A. Beasley - W. Norriton, PA   March 26, 2015