Maxine C. Turner

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FARMINGTON – Maxine C. Turner, 93, of Farmington, died Monday, May 8, surrounded by her loving friends at the Pierce House.

She was born in Farmington, Jan. 17, 1913, to George and Blanche (Norton) Cook. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1930. She continued her education at Farmington Normal School, graduating in 1933.

She married Eldon Turner June 11, 1938, in Farmington. They moved to his family farm in Starks, where they operated a dairy farm. She was a loving wife, mother, homemaker and a very active community member, belonging to a number of groups and committees. She was a member of the Starks School Board. She was the first woman to serve on the board of selectmen, planning board, water district trustees, fireman’s auxiliary, ballot clerk and voting warden.

She was a member of Starks Grange, and she served as an officer. She served as an elder of the Starks Presbyterian Church. She belonged to the Progressive Club and the new Century Rebekah Lodge. While connected with the church, she served as a delegate to the Mate for many years. In 1980, as a delegate to the Presbytery, she represented the churches in Mate at General Assembly in Detroit, Mich.

After the death of her husband of 40 years, she moved to Farmington. She became a member of the Friendly Workers. She transferred to Crystal Lake Grange, where she served many years as an overseer and chairman of CWA. She received her 55-year Grange member certificate in 1994. She was also a member of Excelsior Pomona State Grange and National Grange, where she took seventh degree in Lancaster, Pa. She also enjoyed belonging to the Senior Citizens Group, the Kitchen Band, Red School House Extension, Literary Club and Daughters of American Revolution. She truly loved being around people. She will always be remembered for her smile, laughter and love of life.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and her extended family of friends. Her family and friends were very important to her. Most recently, she resided at the Pierce House in Farmington, where she and her family greatly appreciated the care she received. She will be sadly missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Norita Frost, and her husband, Norman, of Farmington; a son, James Turner, and his wife, Nancy, of Hebron; six grandchildren, Scott Frost and his wife, Robin, of Silver Lake, N.H., Karen Frey and her husband, Kevin, of Weld, Daren Turner of Norridgewock, Kristen Heldman and her husband, Sandy, of Auburn, Melinda Godbout and her husband, Roland, of Hebron and Nadya Jones of Greenwood, Ind.; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband; her brother, Richard Cook, of Farmington; a daughter, Judith Santistervan, of Casper, Wyo.; and a granddaughter, Seana Santistervan, of Casper, Wyo.

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