Oleta Faye Turner (Aunt Faye), 104 years young, living in Flower Mound, TX, died quietly in her sleep at about 6:30 pm on September 26, 2017.
She was born April 6, 1913, in Daphne, Texas, near Mt. Vernon to Larkin and Pearl Glover. The doctor did not think Oleta could possibly live. She was just too small. Her grandmother, Nan (Benton) Strohman put the tiny baby girl in a shoebox and placed her on the open front door of the kitchen stove. For the next three weeks, Nan kept Oleta Faye warm by placing one stick of wood at a time in the stove. For 104 years since, Oleta Fay has set a high standard for how the rest of us should live.
Oleta married Clyde Turner in 1918 and they had two children, Joan and Tommy. Clyde preceded her in death as did her brothers Grady, Ted, L.C., Audry, Billy and sister Odena Branham, son-in-law Jack Davis, daughter-in-law Gale Turner, grandson Richard Turner and her pet turkey Lucky. She is survived by her children Joan Thorpe and husband Rick of Tyler, TX and Tommy Turner of Austin, TX, four grandsons, Jack Davis (Marit), Greg Davis (Elizabeth), Steve Davis (Erin), Tod Davis (Kay), granddaughter-in-law Linda Turner, her great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
”Rosie the Riveter” was what they called women like Oleta Faye in World War II. She took charge of a Flange Machine at North American Aviation.
Oleta loved to garden and we will always remember the beautiful flowers in her yard. She traveled widely across the United States and around the world. She had a great sense of humor and loved to joke and laugh. She also loved a good party and was usually the life of it. She loved being part of the Eastern Star, The Bells and Blossom Garden Club in Dallas, the East Dallas garden forum, the Sunshine Garden Club, The Sweet Potato Queens, The Texas Honeys, Red Hat Dynamic Divas and she was very involved in First Baptist Church of Winnsboro. But the best times in her life, especially in her later years, were spent with a cup of coffee visiting with friends and family. She loved people and they couldn’t help but love her back.
She lived most of her life in the Winnsboro and Dallas areas and the last few years in the home of Mark and Penny Glover in Flower Mound. There is no doubt that their loving care for her made these last years some of the best of her life and the rest of us will be forever grateful.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Beaty Funeral Home, Winnsboro, TX. The funeral service will also be held at the Beaty Funeral Home in Winnsboro at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 30, 2017 with burial to follow at Bethel Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Winnsboro, TX or the American Cancer Society, Wood County Relay for Life.