Turner celebrates 90th
Virginia Turner celebrated her 90th birthday with two parties at River Birch Senior Living in Springfield with numerous friends and family members.
She was born on Dec. 10, 1925 in Rushville and grew up in rural Virginia. She attended and graduated from Hickory School, a one-room schoolhouse, and from Beardstown High School. She then graduated from Gem City Business College in Quincy.
After that, she went to work in Urbana, Illinois, working at the College of Agriculture at the University of Illinois. After that, she moved to Springfield and over her years there worked at S. A. Barker, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Division of Services for Crippled Children, Illinois State Medical Society, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, and retired from the Illinois Department of Public Health. After retiring, she worked part time for the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Mrs. Turner was a 45-year member of Faith Lutheran Church, which merged with two other churches this year. She is a lifetime member (62 years) of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and is an honorary member (50 years) of the Blue Ridge Club at Lake Springfield.
She married Julian G. Turner on Oct. 8, 1949 at the Sangamon Valley Presbyterian Church. They were married for close to 52 years. Mr. Turner passed away on May 29, 2001. They have two children, Ronald Turner of Springfield and Julie Turner Harvill (Rick) of Glenarm. They have two granddaughters, Cassandra Harvill of Jacksonville, Fla. and Ciera Harvill of Peoria.