Rose Etta Turner was born to Ed and Viola Ballard in Tonasket on Oct. 27, 1948. She graduated from Oroville High School in 1967. She married Wayne Turner on June 20, 1970. She died in their home in Okanogan, Aug. 3, 2010 from cancer.
Rose worked for several years as a bank teller. After the children arrived on the scene, she was a full time mother and homemaker, assisting with preschool, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire and youth sports as the children grew up. When the kids were old enough to care for themselves after school she went back to work for several more years at Rawson’s. Health problems ended her working career, but she was able to manage the home she loved until nearly the end. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
When the two children were young every summer she would put together a summer vacation trip that over time we saw most of the western U.S. and Canadian provinces. In 2004 she made a trip in a motorhome with her parents, husband and daughter to Texas for a family reunion. Rose enjoyed recreational things with her family, including playing pinochle, catch with a frisbee and camp outs. During this last difficult year she was able to make the trip to Ohio for a son’s wedding and a couple weeks later celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary.
Rose was preceded in death by her brother, Ray Ballard and her sister, Edna Gabriele.
She is survived by her parents in Oroville; her husband, Wayne of Okanogan; her daughter, Lisa Turner of Okanogan; her son, Brian Turner and his wife Becky of Lake Oswego, Ore.; her sister, Alice Gregg of Marysville; a brother, Marion Ballard of Okanogan and many nieces and nephews.
Services for Rose Etta Turner, 61, will be held Saturday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Okanogan. Okanogan County Crematorium is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the cancer society, Our Savior Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.