Jennie Mary Turner, age 87, passed away peacefully at the Beehive Homes in Price, Utah, on the evening of March 30, 2018.
She was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada to William Bert and Annie Kowalski Ostrynski. Mary was a member of the Catholic Church.
As a child growing up in Brandon, she helped on the family's five-acre farm, pulling a wagon to town to sell vegetables during times of harvest. Her childhood playtime was spent swimming in the river with her brothers and sister. Mary, known as "Maruska" for her diligent and persevering work and always prospering in any routine occupation. She worked in a fish cannery and also was a waitress at the Liberty Café. This is where she met and fell in love with a handsome sailor. She was married to William Walter "Bill" Turner on Aug. 23, 1947, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Together they set out on an adventurous life, starting in San Diego, Calif., where their only child, John Robert Turner was born on July 4, 1948. They found work across the country at different coal and uranium mines. Bill worked in the mines and Mary was the camp cook, working hard to prepare meals for the workers. They never settled down in one distinct area but spent a lot of their young lives around Utah, because of the Uranium boom in the area. In the 1970s, Bill got a job with the department of labor as a federal coal mine supervisor and bought Mary her first permanent home in Trinidad, Colo. There they spent many years enjoying the wildlife of Colorado.
In their later years they were able to relocate to Delta, Colo., where Bill was able to retire and both Bill and Mary were able to enjoy retirement and family. Mary enjoyed her family and providing for her family and always making sure everyone was well fed. Mary, known to Bill as "Mazita" was always there to keep camp in order but Mary did also enjoy her personal time which came early in the morning with her cup of coffee and a smoke.
Mary is survived by her grandson, David (Kim) Turner; great-grandchildren, Katie Turner, Castle Dale, Utah, Anna Turner, Logan, Utah, Charles and Lowden Turner, Orangeville, Utah; daughter-in-law, Linda Turner, Castle Dale, Utah.
Preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son, John, daughter-in-law, Donna; granddaughter, Corena Turner; parents; brother, Joe Ostranski; and a sister, Amelia Booth.
A visitation will be held at Taylor Funeral Service in Delta, Colo., on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. with a graveside to follow at 12 noon in the Delta City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.