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“Maureen - and family - I am so very very sorry for the loss of your niece. I hold you in my prayers and heart. Deb Holtz ”
1 of 40 | Posted by: deb holtz - st. paul, MN

“My thoughts are with the family. A gift to the world for such a little while... ”
2 of 40 | Posted by: Krista Boston - Woodbury, MN

“So very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express ... I hope you find comfort in all the memories. Libby Rossett-Brown (friend of Maureen) ”
3 of 40 | Posted by: libby rossett-brown - St Paul, MN

“Having never met Claire, I can still feel your loss of a beautiful child. I am so glad that she is now with our Lord, but know that her absence from...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Kristi Cook - Hutchinson, KS

“Dear Marla and family, Thinking of you at this time. We are heartsick over the loss of your Claire. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She was an...Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Joyce Bock - Ashby, MN

“I just realized that your little girl is sweet "Claire de Lune" - I used to call her that when I helped to coach her gymnastics class, and always had...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Elizabeth - Fergus Falls, MN

“Dear Marla and Family, My heart just weeps for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a long time to come. The Lord Jesus bless you with...Read More »
7 of 40 | Posted by: Annette Blume - Fergus Falls, MN

“Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am... My oldest daughter has Claire's birthday (feb. 15). My heart grieves with you... ”
8 of 40 | Posted by: Joleen Synstelien - Crystal, MN

“I am so sorry for your loss. She will always be remember by everyone. i didnt know her but she caught my eye when i heard about the accident and then...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Christina Lindely - Fergus Falls, MN

“The Turner family, We have never met. I am a friend of Janet from IP. I am so sorry for your loss! I can't begin to imagine the pain. The verse...Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: Janeen Van Valkenburg

“We have never met but our best friends are Bob and Donna Madsen. Claire's godparents. I just talked to her and she told me about the tragic loss of...Read More »
11 of 40 | Posted by: Don & Pat Hendrickx - Perham, MN

“Dear Turner Family, We are a family unknown to you, but we were praying for Claire and her siblings. We think about you daily are mourning with you...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Myron and Holly Dekkers - IA

“I don't know you but Ken and Mary Anne are my neighbors. I've been thinking of you and praying for your family. ”
13 of 40 | Posted by: Sharon Weber - Shakopee, MN

“Dear Marla and family, I can't even imagine the pain you're going through right now. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts. I will...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Kori Williams - Andover, MN

“I am so sorry for your loss! There is no one quite like Claire! She will be missed by so many! I am thankful for the hope we have of one day seeing...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Laurie Cunningham - Fergus Falls, MN

“To Claire's family: I don't know you, but Rhonda Bartolomeo is my cousin & I saw a post about Claire on her facebook page. Just from reading about...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Lissa Meyer - Fargo, ND

“Our prayers are with you all at your time of sorrow. We are glad she is in the arms of Jesus and her daddy. God bless you all. ”
17 of 40 | Posted by: Greg & DeeDee Peterson - MN

“Dear Turner Family, You do not know me but I met Gabriel at the airport in Phoenix and he shared with me, how he was trying to get home to see his...Read More »
18 of 40 | Posted by: Peggy Boosalis - BURNSVILLE, MN

“Marla- My prayers are with you, and the family. Understand that God will not give you more than you can handle, even though this is a lot, know that...Read More »
19 of 40 | Posted by: Heather Maanum - Alexandria, MN

“Marla and family, May God comfort you with a special dosage of His love & care that only He can give. Be assured she is with Jesus, her Saviour and...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: jayne - Fergus Falls, MN

“DEAREST TURNER FAMILY, please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. Although we are "unknown" to your family; we know Lee and Wanda. We are...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Paul and Judy Thronson - MN

“Turners, We continue to pray for your family during this sad time. The world was blessed with beautiful sweet Claire for too few years. Dave and...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Susan Uhren - Vining, MN

“Marla and family, We are so happy knowing you and your family have a personal connection with our Lord. As Zak stated God needed Claire more than...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: Paxton, Tara, Zane, and Zak Lind - MN

“To Claire's family, My deepest sympathy for your family during this very sad time. Be comforted that Claire is now in the loving arms of Jesus...Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: kesta and ali higginbotham - MN

“Marla & family, My deepest sympathy to all of you as I am sincerely saddened to hear of your tragic loss. Always know that Claire is truly blessed...Read More »
25 of 40 | Posted by: Jacinta - Detroit Lakes, MN

“Dear Marla and the rest of the family, I'm sorry for your loss. She was a very beautiful girl ,and she always had the biggest smile. She was also an...Read More »
26 of 40 | Posted by: Taylor - Underwood, MN - Friend

“To Claire's family and friends...I am truly sorry for you loss. Although I do not know any of you I wanted to send my condolences. Our Volleyball...Read More »
27 of 40 | Posted by: Dara Gibson - Clinton, MN

“Our deepest and most sincere condolences to you marla and entire turner family. we had the utmost privaledge to have sweet claire in our sunday...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: darrin &sandy jensen - erhard, MN

“to the family of claire , you have my sympathy i didn't know claire , i 'll keep you and your family in my prayers, i became a member of the 1st...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: arlene hegge - fergus falls, MN

“Dear Marla, Meredith and the rest of the family, We are so sorry to hear about Claire...your precious beautiful baby and little sister! We met...Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: Naomi Larson - Fergus Falls, MN

“Marla and kiddos, My heart breaks for all of you! I was so very sad to hear of the accident and death of Claire. I am praying for all of you and...Read More »
31 of 40 | Posted by: Angel - Fergus Falls, MN

“Marla and family, I am so saddened to hear about the loss of your daughter/sister, but she has her own special angel in her dad. Know that they are...Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Bente' - Parkers Prairie, MN

“i didnt know claire but scott turner was my music teacher in asbby high school in 2nd grade i think 3rd grade or around there iam sorry to hear about...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: angie gelling sedler - elbow lake, MN

“Our sincere sympathy to you Marla and family. We were shocked to here this of your little angel, Claire. Marla I can't imagine the pain you feel now,...Read More »
34 of 40 | Posted by: Joan Otto - Clitherall, MN

“Turner family - Our hearts are heavy after learning of Claire's passing. We feel truly blessed to have been able to meet her this summer while doing...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Candice Flicek - Morris, MN

“Marla and family, I was stunned at your sad news. My heart goes out to you at this time of loss and excruciating pain. My prayers are with you,...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Sue (Finseth) Wilken - MN

“To the Turner family! We are at loss at what to say, just that Our hearts go out to you all and we are keeping you all in our prayers! Love &...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: Jim & Jeanne Putnam - Tintah, MN

“Sincere sympathy to you, Marla and family. My heart hurts for you. I pray that you can feel the love and hugs being sent your way - now and in the...Read More »
38 of 40 | Posted by: Donna Thoennes - Brandon, MN

“From your family at Hope & Home - we are so incredibly sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers and will be forever! Love from Bridgette,...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Bridgette Wright - CO

“Marla and family- you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Curt, Roxanne and Aaron Thompson ”
40 of 40 | Posted by: Thompson Family - Battle Lake, MN


Claire Turner, age 11, of Ashby, died Monday, October 22, 2012, at Sanford Children's Hospital, Fargo, ND. Claire Andraiah Turner was born on February 15, 2001 in Alexandria, MN as the "baby" to her family of 10 kids. She loved to sing, dance, and bring smiles to all those around her. As a very bright 7th grader at Underwood School, she played volleyball and oboe, and had many, many friends. Claire's radiant smile and joy-filled personality touched the hearts of many. She became instantly loved by everyone she met, including the amazing medical staff at the hospital (especially Dr. Paschall and her beloved nurse, Jessica). Claire could often be found at her favorite place on the planet (Inspiration Point Bible Camp), performing in plays, singing (usually at the top of her lungs), and cuddling with her mommy in bed, staring at the picture of Daddy displayed on the nearby table, and declaring proudly that, "I'm the one who looks just like him." She also loved any activity she could share with her siblings, but most especially of late, learning new languages with Sissy Morgan, singing 3-part harmony with Julia and Meredith, coloring pictures for her far-away brothers Neil and Gabe, or getting her back scratched by her sweet brother, Jay. One thing that she absolutely did not like, however, was math! Most importantly to Claire, though, was her insatiable love of her Savior, Jesus Christ, who guaranteed her eternal home in Heaven when she asked Him into her heart at the young age of 3 while praying with her mommy. Claire loved to sing to Him, study His Word, memorize His promises, and learn more about Him through family devotions, children's church, and Bible studies with the incredible counselors at IPBC. And she loved to share His love with her friends and declare her place in His heart. She was never, ever ashamed of being His child, and displayed the most selfless and exuberant love for anyone who looked like they might be sad or lonely or in need of a friend, explaining that she just wanted to "do what Jesus would do." On October 14, 2012, she and three of her siblings were involved in a tragic car accident from which she sustained traumatic brain injury. Claire died on October 22, 2012 at Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, ND at the young age of 11 (or, as she preferred to say, 5 for the 7th time.) She will be greatly missed by multitudes of friends, family members, and all those whose lives she touched. She is survived by 8 brothers and sisters, Julia, Jay, Meredith, Neil, Morgan, LCpl Gabriel (Miramar Marine Base in San Diego, CA), Ross (Sarah) (LA, CA), and Cpt Phillip (US Army), her mother, Marla, "special" sister Amy, Godparents Donna and Bob Madsen, 1 niece, Givana, grandparents Lee (Wanda) Moellman of Morris and Elbow Lake, MaryAnn (Ken) Brown of Shakopee, and Maurice (Pat) Turner of Willmar, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Claire was preceded in death by her eldest brother, Matthew, and her beloved daddy, Scott Turner. We're comforted by the fact that we know she is safely in his loving arms now. Blessed by the memory of sweet little Claire Andraiah Turner. Funeral Services: 11 AM, Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Fergus Falls First Church of the Nazarene Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the church Clergy: Rev. Steve Hoffman Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Ashby Condolences: www.GlendeNilson.com

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