Turner, Muriel Edith

Muriel passed away peacefully at the Souris Personal Care Home on Saturday, March 11, 2023. She was predeceased by WJ and Gordon. She leaves to mourn, Murray, Pat (Rick), Ron, Shelley (Al), granddaughters Kelly (Brad Bamford) and their son Evan, Brittany (Ryan Maclellan) and their children, Brock and Kennedy.

Muriel Edith Wright was born March 20, 1928 and came to Carroll, Manitoba August 27, 1947 as a teacher. She taught grades 5-8 at Carroll School. At that time the population in Carroll was approximately 100. While a teacher at Carroll she would knit for all the new babies that arrived. She met and married William John Turner (born June 2, 1922) on October 28, 1950 in Boissevain, her hometown.

She joined the Carroll UCW in 1964 and enjoyed the goings on with the local ladies. Her passion was knitting and one winter held a knitting club to get the young and old involved in learning how to knit. She loved to knit slippers and mitts and give them to anyone who dropped by. She has knit well over 1,000 pairs of mitts and slippers for the Preschool Enrichment Program in Brandon. She would knit pairs of mitts and a number of slippers each Christmas for the kids at the preschool until her untimely stroke. Toques, mitts, slippers, scarves were always on her number eight knitting needles ready for someone who could use them. She did the mending for the Souris District Hospital for 13 years. She enjoyed the trek to Souris to pickup the mending and the following week would have it all sewn up. Many of nights she would rev up the sewing machine and go to work.

She thoroughly enjoyed her Friday trek with Gerry Budd to get groceries and ending the day with a coffee with the gals at the Chicken Chef. She loved to bake for the neighbours out in the rural community. If there were auction sales, teas, funerals or just someone feeling poorly she would be found baking tarts, cupcakes, pies and the like, donating or giving them to a neighbour in need. In the rural communities it was a part of life.

Muriel was an active Royal Canadian Legion member for a great many years. Muriel held a few jobs besides milking cows, raising chickens, turkeys, chasing horses, loading pigs and raising five kids (Gordon (deceased) born 1952, Murray born 1955, Patricia (Rick) born 1958, Ron born 1959 and Shelley (Al) born 1961.

She worked at the following part time; Statistics Canada Census taker 1956, 1966, 1971; Census Commissioner 1976, 1981; Agriculture Surveys 1974-1981; Manitoba Horse Breeders Secretary-Treasurer 1971-1988; Larry Robbins Garage bookkeeper 1982-1986; Murray Turner Auto Body bookkeeper 1990-2002; Souris-Glenwood Ag Society bookkeeper 1989-1991; Carroll Post Office & Store (spare) 1948-1996; Log Cabin vacation fill in for Laverne and Chris Christianson; Various Election Poll Officer (about a dozen); Manitoba-Saskatchewan Blonde Association Secretary 1989-1991; Auction Sale Clerk for Harold Kirbyson and Reg Lang.

For almost the past nine years, she has spent at the Souris Personal Care Home. The doctors, nurses, and aides all soon became her family; she had a memory like no other and was always interested in each of their lives. She loved you all and she could not have had better care anywhere. Your compassion, care and patience kept her going all these years. Even with the loss of her nine fingers, she never complained about her problems and persevered until the end.

She had many great friends who toted her around for a lot of years; Bev Logan, Shirley and Roy Logan, Gerry Budd, Bev and Norm Kalinski and Eleanor Hayes who went above and beyond to check in on her for us and did some reading or just visiting. We thank you all.

Mom, we hope you are surrounded by cats, bags and bags of wool and those number eight knitting needles.

A private graveside service was held at the Carroll Cemetery.

19 thoughts on “Turner, Muriel Edith”

  1. To The Turner Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your Mom (Grandma). She will be missed but you all have great memories to get you through the hard days. Thinking of you all.
    Sandra and Wayne Moyer.

  2. Muriel had a heart of gold. She loved to pet the new born kittens and chicks when I visited her at PCH. She always asked later how the kittens were doing. Have a good rest Muriel.

  3. To The Turner Family
    We are sorry to hear that your Mom has passed away. She was an awesome and fun lady. Lots of memories from living out in the Carroll area and your Mom and Dad driving us to the Carroll School in their car. Treasure all the wonderful memories that you have. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  4. To the Turner Family, We are sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom! Mom and Dad loved all the visits with their great neighbors! We know the visiting will continue on!
    Lynn and Brad Cory

  5. To Murray,Pat,Ron, Shelley and families, our sincere condolences in the loss of your mom, grandmother and great grandmother. Living a mile from the Turners was an adventure all my formative years. I remember my sisters and I staying at the Turners when my mom and dad had to make a trip to Alberta. Such great memories and remembering a life well lived.

  6. Condolences to the Turner family from Judy and Peter Hiebert on the loss of your dear mom. We have many great memories of doing life with you in Carroll, and we miss those times.

  7. Condolences to the whole Turner family, on the loss of your Mom, and Grandmother. Hold close all the wonderful memories you have. They will help you to navigate your grief during this difficult time.

  8. Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom/Grandmother
    Pat, Murray, Ron & Shelley you were all blessed to have such a wonderful mother. I always enjoyed our visits with her especially were she was always telling stories on you all. A lot of Laughs were had!
    She was very proud of all her kids.
    Your Mom had the “gift of gab” and it was a pleasure to have known her.
    Hugs to All
    Keven & Terralee & Family

  9. Condolences to Murray and the Turner family. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
    John & Jessie McAdam

  10. Ron,Shelley and families.
    Very sorry for your loss.
    Elaine(Kohut) Phillips.

  11. Murray, Pat, Ron, Shelley & families
    Our condolences on the passing of your Mom. Your Mom was always giving to others, such a selfless soul! That trait was definitely passed on down to you all! Thinking of you all!
    Gary & Lee-Anne Kruk

  12. So sorry to hear of Muriels passing. She was a wonderful lady. I worked in souris pch doing nights and she kept us awake with wonderful night visits. RIP special lady.

  13. Pat & family, Murray, Ron & Shelley – We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mom. She had a long and well-lived life and was always busy and so involved within the Carroll community. She was interested in what each of us were up to and we enjoyed our visits with her.
    As my sister has mentioned above, we lived a mile from Billy & Muriel and their family and they were wonderful neighbours. To have lived and brought up in the Carroll area with the great neighbours like the Turners is something that we will always treasure.

    With sincere sympathy – Pauline & Russ Carefoot

  14. Murray, Pat (Rick) Ron, Shelley (Al) and families,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mom/grandma. Cherish all your memories. Thinking of you at this difficult time. A life well lived and now may your Mom Rest in Peace.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Linda, Brian (Cathy) and Keith Moffatt

  15. Pat, Rick, Kelly, Brittany, Murray, Ron, & Shelley,
    Know that we are thinking of you all as you treasure your memories of your Mom & Grandma. A special lady for sure! We are sharing stories, smiles & tears as we reminisce about our visits, fun times, & laughter at the Turner Farm. Sincere condolences & hugs to all.
    Edna & Sherri Rigaux

  16. Dear Shelley, Pat, Ron and Murray,
    Thinking of your Mom and your family.
    She grew up with Ralph in Boissevain and he was so happy to be re-united with his friend when he and Mom moved to the Personal Care Home.
    She was small but mighty!
    What a lovely tribute you wrote for your Mom. She was an amazing woman.
    And always cheerful 🙂
    Sincere sympathy from our family.
    Pam Whitfield

  17. Shelley, Pat, Ronnie and Murray
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was one of the good ones.

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