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“Nancy, Joanne and Sue, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of your mom. I can just hear her laughter. I have so many fond...Read More »
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“Peggy was a good friend of my parents when I was growing up and she & I worked together in Industrial Engineering at Sheaffer Pen Co . We were very...Read More »
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“Hello Nancy, Joanne and Sue, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing and wish to offer my deepest condolences for your loss. Dick and I...Read More »
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“I still have Peggy's turquoise concrete bird bath in my yard from her house auction. It brings back memories of the good times we had sitting on the...Read More »
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Mary L. "Peggy" Turner, 95, of The Madison in Fort Madison, Iowa, formerly of West Point, Iowa, passed away at 9:55 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at The Madison.

Born October 24, 1919 in West Point, Iowa the daughter of George C. and Mary (Wilmesmeier) Lampe. Peggy graduated from St. Mary's High School in West Point. She attended Iowa Business School. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society.

Peggy was a lifelong resident of West Point. After graduating from high school and attending Business School, she began to work at Bishop's Cafe in Fort Madison as a waitress. Peggy met Lloyd Brown at a dance at the Rose Garden Skating Rink in West Point. They were married on October 6, 1941 in West Point. Lloyd unexpectedly passed away on June 28, 1957.

After Lloyd passed away, Peggy went to work at Sheaffer Pen Company in Fort Madison where she was a drafting assistant. She loved her job and enjoyed the challenges of working with engineers. She received an award for print distribution efficiency.

Peggy met Dale Turner about ten years after Lloyd passed away when her daughter, Joanne, requested to be taken fishing at Dale's pond outside of West Point. Peggy and Dale dated for a number of years and were married on July 4, 1970. She and Dale loved to travel and went on may trips exploring the country together. They visited Arizona, California and Texas. She and Dale operated the Brass Rail in Burlington for many years.

After Dale passed away, Peggy continued to pursue her love of traveling. She visited many more states but her favorite trip was an Alaskan cruise. She talked about that trip frequently and said she would love to go back.

Peggy enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, playing cards, especially euchre, reading and sitting outside on her patio with family and friends enjoying a frosty mug.

Peggy is survived by three daughters, Nancy Ratkowski of Fort Madison, Joanne Beach of West Point and Sue (Tom) Newton of Iowa City. She is also survived by three grandchildren Mary Lou (Jeff) Birdsell of Montrose, Jim Bechtel of West Point and Laura (Adam) Kahler of Iowa City, six great grandchildren Danielle and Caleb Birdsell of Montrose, Owen Kahler of Iowa City, Tassie Bechtel of Burlington, Jessie (Billie) Foutch of Bushnell, Illinois, April Birdsell of Tennessee, Illinois, one great great grandchild Rhett Foutch and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, three brothers, three sisters and one son-in-law.

Friends may call and meet with the family from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Ossenbrinck Center next to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 8, 2014 at St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point, Iowa with Father Dennis Hoffman as Celebrant. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in West Point.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhomes.com.
Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with arrangements.