SPOKANE, Wash. Nora W. Turner died on Oct. 31, at Alterra Clare Bridge in Spokane, Wash., at the age of 90.
She was born on Jan. 24, 1916 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to William and Elisa Thompson. Her family immigrated to Canada from Belfast, Ireland around 1910 with four children and six more were born in Regina. She graduated from secretarial high school and then worked for an attorney's office.
Initially she received no pay in order to learn the job. After several months, she started earning $10.00 per week and she was very pleased. It was 1933 and the "Great Depression" was in full swing. She felt lucky to even have a job.
While visiting an older brother in Portland, Oregon, she met Donald Compton Turner and he was smitten. Later, he followed her back to Regina, professed his love and said, "I'm not going back to Portland without you!"
He didn't and they were married in Portland on October 2, 1937.
They started out with nothing, but both worked very hard, Donald at Beall Pipe and Tank and Nora at home caring for two boys, and two girls, her husband, and home. Canning, hand laundry, and frugal living with none of today's conveniences.
After the kids were raised, Nora worked at the School of Sociology at Portland State University until her retirement. The two of them traveled a lot, salmon fished, deer and elk hunted, and lived rather independently well into their eighties.
Fortunately, they prospered for 61 years of marriage.
Her parents, five brothers (two were killed in the Normandy Invasion), four sisters, and her husband, Donald, have all preceded her in death.
She is survived by her children, Gary Donald Turner and wife, Rita, Hermiston, Dennis Compton Turner and wife, Brenda, Hermiston, Donna Noreen Sargent and husband, Gary, Spokane, Wash., Cheryl Yvonne Davy and husband, Dan, Tillamook; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held on Friday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m., at Rose City Cemetery, Portland, with burial beside her husband, Donald.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in charge of the arrangements.