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1302 Seventh Street
Wilson, OK 73463
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Julia Turner

Julia Lavern Turner (Alexander)

Wednesday, May 17th, 1933 - Thursday, February 11th, 2021
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Wilson - Funeral Services for Mrs. Julia Lavern (Alexander) Turner, former long time resident of Zaneis are scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Alexander Gray Funeral Home Chapel in Wilson with Rev. David Gardner officiating. Interment will follow at Hewitt Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Gray Funeral Home in Wilson. We respectively ask that those in attendance please wear a mask. Services will be Facebook Live.

Lavern was born in Pike, OK on May 17, 1933, the daughter of Ben and Ruby McKee Alexander. She departed from this life on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Ardmore at the age of 87 years, 8 months, and 25 days.

A resident of Love and Carter County all of her life, Lavern attended school at Pike and Burneyville and graduated from Courtney High School with the class of 1951. She played basketball there and was basketball homecoming queen. After graduation, she worked at the Marietta Court House. She later worked at the Marietta Pants Factory, IGA grocery in Healdton, cooked at the Zaneis School Cafeteria , where she prepared weekly menus. Also, before retirement, Lavern worked as a caregiver. Even after retirement she volunteered at the Healdton Hospital. All the while being a devoted homemaker.

She and Bill Jackson were married on November 30, 1951, and from that union were born three children; one son, Allen, and two daughters, Sheila and Pam. Later, Lavern and Chesley Turner were married February 14, 1986 in Zaneis.

Lavern enjoyed spending time with her family, especially watching her grandchildren play sports and attending dance recitals and piano recitals. Her hobbies included a love of dancing, fishing, caring for flowers and chickens, baking, and visiting with friends and solving problems swinging on the back porch swing. Lavern was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wilson and also a proud elder of the Chickasaw Tribe.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Sharron McGehee and Yvonne Alexander; a brother, L.B. Alexander; and special friends, Clara Sparks and Betty Emberling.

Lavern is survived by daughter, Sheila Parker and son in law Steve of Lone Grove; son, Allen Jackson and daughter in law Debbie of Lone Grove; and daughter, Pam Galles and son in law Patrick of Ardmore; five grandchildren, Jason Jackson and wife Tracey of Frisco, TX, Amber Wilson and husband Russell of Lone Grove, Kati Cain and husband Derek of Springer, OK, Megan Vitrano and husband Paul of Broken Arrow, OK, Kristen Smith and husband Blake of Ardmore; ten great grandchildren, Addison and Kylynn Jackson, Emma and Hunter Wilson, Kyler and Davis Cain, Sawyer and Baylor Vitrano, Savannah and Easton Smith; special cousin, Wayne Alexander; special sister in law, Katherine Morgan; special brother in law, Preston Lloyd McGehee; special niece Lisa; special nephews, Preston Harold, Gregg, Rick, Mike, Darren, and Ben; step grandson, Brad Turner and wife Tiffany; and by a host of other family friends.

Serving as casket bearers will be Patrick Galles, Mike Morgan, Preston Lloyd McGehee, Gregg McGehee, Jason Jackson, and Steve Parker. Honorary bearers are Preston Harold McGehee, Wayne Alexander, Rick Morgan, Eileen Duvall, and grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6-8 P.M. at Alexander Gray Funeral Home Chapel in Wilson.

Special thanks to Elmbrook Nursing Home and Cross Timbers Hospice.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, February 19th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Alexander Gray Funeral Home Chapel, Wilson, OK
    1302 7th St.
    WILSON, OK 73463
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 10:00am
    Alexander Gray Funeral Home Chapel, Wilson, OK
    1302 7th St.
    WILSON, OK 73463
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    Rev. David Gardner
  • Interment

    Hewitt Cemetery
    Hewitt Road
    WILSON, OK 73463
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Taylor Sparks

Posted at 05:51pm
Sending all my thoughts and prayers. I’m sure Clara was very excited to receive her best friend. Anytime there would be a slight storm she’d say let go to Laverne’s (or Vern as she called her) and get in the cellar. They were crazy about the weather. Two things I remember doing at Laverne’s, eating pie and playing checkers. She meant so much to my family. -Taylor Sparks

Virginia Bruner

Posted at 06:45pm
Good memories of working together at Stones IGA. Prayers for your family. Larry and Virginia Bruner

Pam Galles

Posted at 10:49pm
I love and miss you so much mom. I have to remind myself that I can't go see you. It's confronting to know, you will always be there to look over us and protect us. I know you didn't want to leave us and we didn't want you to go, but God had other plans. I'm glad you are pain free and most of all, I am relieved you will never be alone or isolated again. I can't imagine the pain you must have felt being separated from everyone you know and love. I was very proud of you. Your little wave and smile was so confronting to me. I love you and thank you for being the mom you were. You will forever be in my heart.

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We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. She was a special lady.
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