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Doris E. Turner, 96, Gouverneur.
Monday, June 14, 2010 - 9:07 pm

Doris E. Turner, age 96, of Gouverneur, passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

There will be a memorial service for Doris on Saturday, June 19th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oxbow Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ronald Sinclair officiating. A luncheon will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Funeral arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Gouverneur.

Doris was born on September 18, 1913 in Somerville to the late Frederick and Mildred (Croft) Eggleston. Her father was a blacksmith and carpenter, and ran the country store in Somerville. Doris graduated from the Gouverneur High School in 1931.

From 1932 until 1934 she taught at the Somerville Country School. She received her permanent teaching license from Oswego Normal School in 1936 and taught at the one-room country schools in Brasie Corners and Ruby Corners in the town of Macomb from 1937 until 1944. Doris also worked for a year in the drafting room for jet engine design for General Electric in Syracuse.

She married Frederick E. Turner on February 2, 1946 in New Haven, NY. They rented and worked farms in the town of Macomb until 1956 when they purchased their farm on Johnstown Road in the town of Gouverneur where they have resided since.

From 1956 until her retirement in 1972, Mrs. Turner taught second grade in Philadelphia and Antwerp in the Indian River Central School District.

In her retirement she enjoyed gardening, reading, and traveling. She was an excellent baker of pies. At family gatherings her pies were much discussed; the pies were critiqued and rated against past efforts. A rhubarb pie she made in the late 1980’s is still talked about and regarded as perhaps the best pie she ever made. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Doris is survived by her husband of 64 years, Frederick; a daughter and her husband, Karen and Bruce Woods of Gouverneur; a son, Alan of Gouverneur; four grandchildren, Adrian, Ryan and Lucas Woods and Mrs. Patrick (Laurie) Donegan; three great-granddaughters, Presley, Kendall, and Mattea Donegan; two sisters, Muriel Smith of Orlando, FL and Thelma Duhrke of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers.

Donations in memory of Doris may be made to the Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.