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 JoAnn <I>Wooten</I> Turner

JoAnn Wooten Turner

Texas, USA
Death 13 Mar 2010 (aged 75)
San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, USA
Burial Garden City, Glasscock County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 82120798 · View Source
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JoAnn Turner
Monday, 15 March 2010

JoAnn Turner, 75, Garden City went to be with the Lord Saturday afternoon, March 13, 2010, in a San Angelo hospital.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at First Baptist Church, Big Spring, with Colby Abney officiating, assisted by Steve Long with interment to follow at the Garden City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

She was born Dec. 29, 1934, in Plainview, the eldest of three children of Ruth (Sanders) and Joseph Ervin Wooten.

After the death of her father in 1939, her mother Ruth married Hank Childress in 1941 and became step-mother to his seven children. The family later moved to Reagan County where JoAnn graduated high school in May 1951.

She lived through some hard times as a child and a single mother with four children and a stepdaughter. Her brother, Ervin, and his wife, Bertie, generously opened their home to her until a house next door was fixed up for her and her children.

She was employed by the Glasscock County Independent School District for 27 years as the superintendent's secretary and retained the job regardless of superintendent changes. She was concerned when the district upgraded to computers and she had trouble with the mouse; however, she played "Solitaire" until she could double-click and then conquered computerized payroll. Even after retirement, she continued to process checks for Garden City and other schools until her last hospitalization this year.

After graduation of her youngest child, JoAnn kept busy with volunteer work and some travels. JoAnn especially enjoyed the July 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

She often said she was busier after retirement than before. She volunteered at Glasscock County Senior Citizens, Scenic Mountain Medical Center, Goliad and Kentwood Elementaries and the Howard County Jail.She taught a Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Garden City for 33 years.

She loved her family deeply and as it grew and became harder for everyone to get together for Christmas, she enjoyed planning family reunions and asked that everyone plan to attend. She was always eagerly looking forward to the next one almost as soon as the current one was over.

She was selected as the Glasscock County Woman of Distinction and honored at a luncheon sponsored by the West Texas Girl Scouts Council in Abilene on May 19, 2005, where emcee Johnie Lou Avery stated, "JoAnn Turner of Garden City visits nursing homes regularly, serves on the Food Committee for Senior Citizens and is an active member of the First Baptist Church.

She has volunteered in the Accelerated Reading Program in Garden City, helped with library fairs in Garden City and Big Spring and mentored many young people. Her enthusiasm for making a difference is contagious."

JoAnn is survived by her children and their spouses: daughters Cindi Nunnally of Irving, Pam and Ryan Walker of Big Spring; sons James and Carlyn Williams of Colorado City and Corey and Sherry Turner of San Angelo; a stepdaughter, Bitsy Fowler of San Angelo; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers and their spouses, Ervin and Bertie Wooten of Garden City and Jerry and Alma Wooten of Fredericksburg.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Wooten, on Dec. 31, 1939, at Carlsbad, Texas, and her mother, Ruth Childress, on Nov. 2, 1998, in San Angelo.

The family is deeply appreciative of the dedicated and caring ICU nursing staff, the cardiopulmonary staff and physicians of San Angelo Community Medical Center who were so attentive to JoAnn's needs while battling the last stage of Crohn's disease.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 177, Garden City 79739; West Texas Boys Ranch, 10223 Boys Ranch Road, San Angelo 76904-3665; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105

A Mother

"In her the creative genius of God attains its highest skill. What a charming blend she is of the most lovable and moving qualities of human nature. From the moment in youth when she holds her first baby in her arms until in life's evening time she looks tenderly upon her grandchild, her life is one of dedicated service and love. Loving us, believing in us, fighting for us, praying for us, to her we are always her dear child-life of her life." — Norman Vincent Peale

"A mother is all those wonderful things you never outgrow your need for." — Kay Andrew

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." — Proverbs 31:10




  • Added: 18 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82120798
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for JoAnn Wooten Turner (29 Dec 1934–13 Mar 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82120798, citing Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Glasscock County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by LADONNA GREER COLLETT (contributor 46996248) .