Lola Turner (95), a devout Christian, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on February 25, 2017. Lola was born in Hatton, Arkansas to John Walker and Ada Payton on October 5, 1921. She met her true love in a little town called Biggers, Arkansas, and they were married for 60 years. They moved to Burney, Round Mountain, and Cottonwood, California, and lived there for many years. For health reasons, she moved to Ridgecrest, California to be
with her daughter after Lon died. Lola was an accomplished artist, who enjoyed oil painting, pastels, and water colors. She had several hobbies including reading, gardening, fishing, camping, and traveling. One of Lola’s latest travels was flying across country to Eureka Springs,
Arkansas to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter. She flew first class, after her 95th birthday, with her great-grandson, William Mathis Jr, wife Jessica, and great-great-granddaughter Danielle.
Lola’s loving smile, warm heart, and love of laughter were infectious. Family and Friends enjoyed hearing the delightful stories of her many travels. In her later years Lola enjoyed playing board games and bird watching. Lola was an amazing mother, grandmother, and friend, and will truly be missed by all who knew her.
Lola is survived by 3 sisters, Nina Michaels of Paragould, AR, Joyce Piper of West Plains, MO, and Lois Taylor of Thayer, MO; 2 children, daughter Vivian Cornelius of Eagle Rock, MO and son Ronald Turner of Anchorage, AK; 3 grandchildren, Leonard Lebow Jr. of Oklahoma City, OK, Lorraine Fagen of Eagle Rock, MO, and Brian Fawcett of Simi Valley, CA; 7 great-grandchildren, William Mathis Jr., Vivian Browning, Sage Allen, Kevin Lebow, Craig Engel, Breanna Cahill, and Jennifer Nehls; and 8 great-great-grandchildren, Danielle Mathis, Dylan Browning, Lorraine Browning, William Engel, Libby Engel, Hope Robb, Lailynn Cahill, and Ethan Cahill. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ada Walker, and her husband, Alonzo (Lon) Turner (1913-1997).
Lola was a member of First Baptist Church in Cottonwood, California. She was on the Special Events Committee of the Ladies Missionary Group and was involved in delivering Sunshine Bags to those in the hospital. She also decorated for special events and dinners. While living in Ridgecrest, Lola had memberships in the American Legion Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Women of the Moose Lodge, and the Fraternal Order of Eagle.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 25th at 10:00 a.m. at Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to your favorite charity in Lola’s honor. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.