Jean E. Turner Gentry

Jean E. Turner Gentry, 102, of Woodstock, VA died at home on December 10, 2015, with her daughters at her side.  Born September 30, 1913, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada; daughter of Archibald and Katherine Thompson Turner, she was the second of five children.

The family moved to Alpena, Michigan in 1920 after Katherine’s death, and the children were raised by their aunts, Amelia Turner and Christina Rayburn.  After moving to Detroit, Jean met and married Claude Gentry in June 1941.  She worked with him in his accountancy business while raising their daughters, Mary Ann and Jean Elizabeth.  After Claude’s retirement in 1965 they moved to Ft. Lauderdale, where they lived until his death on September 13, 1995.  A year later she moved to Woodstock to live with her daughter, Mary Ann.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jean was predeceased by her siblings, Donald (Eva), Jack (Dorothy), and Archie (Lydia) Turner and Edith McLean (Charles).

In addition to daughters Mary Ann Gentry and Jean E. Gentry Lujan, she leaves behind to cherish her memory grandchildren, Elizabeth Lujan, Gabriela Lujan, Jason King (Karen), Sarah King (Andrew Shipman), Peter Lujan (Julie), Leah Tracy (James), Claudia Lujan (Javier Reynoso), Shanna Trece Hammerbacher (Joe), and Laura Haight; 14 great grandchildren (Tyler and Jordan King; Turner and Eliza King-Shipman; Isabella, Karina, Gabriela, and Ava Lujan; Tamina Jean Tracy; Andres, Lucia Jean, Matias and Joaquin Reynoso; and Julia Hammerbacher), a former son-in-law Pedro Lujan, loving caretaker Edilma Peralta, niece Mary Christine Michaelsen, nephew John Gentry and numerous extended family members.

A child of the Depression, Jean valued helping one’s family, getting a good education, thriftiness, and hard work.  The world changed dramatically over her long life, and she did too.  Remaining true to her core beliefs, she embraced the changes, celebrating the gradual recognition of the equality of women in society and the diversity in her family and the nation.  Always a great reader she was quick to spot a misspelling or grammatical mistake in the newspapers she read daily until well into her 90s.  She interested herself in politics and in her mature years joined her children and grandchildren in the Democratic Party.

Jean led a life of integrity, kindness, and generosity.  She will be greatly missed.

Services will be private.  Donations in her name may be made to: The Fistula Foundation, 1922 The Alameda, Ste. 302, San Jose, CA 95126.

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2 Condolences to Jean E. Turner Gentry

  1. Anonymous says:

    A remarkable lady! Our condolence and prayers to all the family.
    Elizabeth Molina

  2. Jim Turner says:

    Beautiful obituary. Many fond memories of Aunt Jean and Uncle Claude. God Bless and keep you. Dads waiting for you.