Mother of actor Tom Hanks.∼JANET MARYLYN TURNER was born January 18, 1932 and passed on July 7, 2016.
She was much beloved, and as much an institution in Red Bluff as was Zuckwielers, the William B. Ide Adobe, and Clarke's Drug Store. She had many last names, and lived in four different homes, on Palermo Avenue, Kimball Road, Johnson Street, and Franzel Road. She was once a waitress at what was Burton's Coffee Shop at Main and Oak then became its bookkeeper. She was always a math whiz and parlayed her intelligence into degrees in Business Administration from Chico State, all while balancing a houseful of kids, some her own, others by marriage and friendship. Beginning as an administrator at the Cedars Convalescent Home, she rose to prominence in the nationwide Nursing Home Association, travelling the country as one of the industries main players. For a brief time, her duties forced a move to Columbus, Ohio. But Columbus, OH is no Red Bluff so she returned along with her husband Rudy Turner to the town she loved as her home. She touched the lives of many people in Red Bluff, one of the reasons her children were never able to convince her to move away. Her house, her friends, her 'fancy work', and the special town on the river was her home and that was that. She was known to discipline her kids using words like 'horsefeathers', 'fiddlesticks', 'baloneysauce' and, when necessary, pulling a wooden spoon out of the kitchen drawer. She is survived by four children Sandra, Larry, Tom Hanks and Jim and Lynn and Lorie, twin girls who spent many years in her care, Jim and Joe, whose lives where changed under her roof, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Published in Daily News on July 9, 2016
Amos Mefford Hanks