Nola Vay Turner (née Fields) was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. After a very full and faithful life, Nola passed away on March 15, 2021, three weeks before her 89th birthday.
Nola was born to Olan and Sylvia Fields on April 5, 1932, in Meeker, Oklahoma, but spent her childhood and teenage years in Woodville, CA. After graduating from Tulare High School, Nola married Pete Turner on October 8, 1950. The two of them moved to the San Francisco Bay area where Pete served in the Coast Guard. Pete and Nola moved their family to Southern California in 1972 and then in 1976 relocated one more time to Dearborn Heights, Michigan, a Detroit suburb. Nola lived in Michigan for 44 years until her children moved her to San Diego in August of 2020 to live out her final months with her daughter and son-in-law. Pete and Nola had four children: Freddy, Terri, Jeannie and Rodney. Nola was a full-time mom and took pride in being a homemaker. She worked part time in various capacities including as a teacher’s aide at a local Montessori school. Her ongoing passion, however, was teaching her 1st grade Sunday School class at Faith Baptist Church in Dearborn Heights.
Nola was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, and by two of her children, Freddy and Terri. Nola is survived by two children, Jeannie Oestreicher and Rodney Turner, six grandchildren, Sara, Riley, Lydia, Max, Hannah, and Julia, and two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Hazel.
A graveside service is scheduled for 11:00am on Monday, 3/22, 2021 at the Woodville Cemetery, in Woodville CA. The Porterville Funeral and Cremation Center can support delivery of flowers. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to Nola’s church of 44 years: Faith Baptist Church, now in Canton, Michigan (www.fbcanton.org).
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