Mary Eleanor Turvey

Mary Eleanor Turvey, 95 of Taylorville, passed away at 11:00a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  She was born on November 10, 1926 in Taylorville, the daughter of Elmo M. and Arminta E. (Durbin) Funderburk.  She married Harold E. Turvey on May 29, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.  Eleanor grew up as an only child, but she was immediately welcomed into Harold’s family, gaining a large number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.  She graduated from Taylorville High School in 1944 and received her nursing degree from St. John’s School of Nursing in 1947.  She worked for many years as a registered nurse at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital.  Eleanor was a devout Catholic and member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the CD of A. She served as a volunteer at the blood bank.  She enjoyed playing cards, reading mystery novels, and watching classic movies.  More than anything, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren.  

She is survived by her sons: Hal Turvey (Jannis) of Taylorville, Mark Turvey (Lori) of Bolingbrook, and John Turvey (Jenny) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Dana Turvey-Olson (Brad), David Turvey (Liz Hernandez), Amy Turvey, Rachel Forrest (T.J.), Hannah Ross (Shane), Nathaniel Turvey, Will Turvey; great-grandchildren: Kaylee Turvey, Shane Ross Jr. , Gabby Ross, Riya Turvey, Piper Olson, Tinsley Olson, Michael Forrest, and Kaydence Forrest; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter: Ann Turvey-Wells; granddaughter: Cassandra Wells; and infant great-grandsons: Tucker and Huck Olson.

A funeral Mass for Eleanor will be held at 11:00a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Fr. Alan Hunter officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass in the church on Friday.  Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church or School.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  

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