Iola R. Turner, 101, formerly of Martinsburg, passed away Sunday at her daughter's home in Sun City Center, Fla., where Iola was currently residing.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Arthur and May (Smith) Paul. She married Gerald S. Turner on May 5, 1934, in Altoona, and he preceded her in death on May 4, 1974. Gerald served as an attorney in Martinsburg for many years, as well as a former solicitor for Martinsburg Borough for 23 years and a former solicitor of both Mid-State Bank and Trust Co., Martinsburg, and Hollidaysburg Trust Co., Martinsburg.
Surviving are a daughter, Rosalie Kelleher and husband, Jerry, of Sun City Center, Fla.; two sons: Robert and wife, Delores, of Sun City Center, Fla., and Paul and wife, Teresa, of Tyrone; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Iola formerly attended elementary school in Altoona and Martinsburg and was a 1928 graduate of Morrison Cove High School, Martinsburg, where she took both vocational and academic courses. She attended Penn State University for a year and then graduated from Zeth Business School, Altoona. She was a secretary and notary public in her husband's law office for several years.
She was a current member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sun City Center, Fla. She was a former member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, where she was confirmed, taught Sunday school and was a past president of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Iola was a member of Sun City Center Low Vision Club and Accordion Club, a former member and past president of Martinsburg Business and Professional Women's Club and Martinsburg Outlook Club, and a member and past chaplain of the D. Merle Tipton VFW Post 43, Martinsburg. She was also a member of the Martinsburg Civic Club and a 60-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Iola was a woman of strong faith, love and trust in God. She also was very active in community affairs, having donated office space for the Bicentennial Committee in 1975-76, and along with Audrey Hite, she co-edited the Martinsburg Area History Book. She enjoyed making rag rugs, knitting scarves and taking accordion lessons.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg, where a D. Merle Tipton VFW Post 43 Ladies Auxiliary service will be held at 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, Pastor Scott E. Schul officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.
The family prefers that memorial contributions be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church or the Pennsylvania Association of the Blind.