Resident Dies at 94

Mrs. Kate Turner Was Oldest Living "Grad" Of Lansing High


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Mrs. Turner


Mrs. Kate W Turner, 94, member of a pioneer Lansing family and oldest living graduate of old Lansing high school, died Wednesday morning at the home of a son, Ralph P. Turner of 527 N Chestnut St., where she made her home.

She was the widow of Drive. Frank N Turner, whose father, Richard, helped build the original wooden state capitol in 1847. Drive. Turner practiced medicine in Webberville and later in Lansing many years. He was a noted local historian, having compiled the Ingham county volume of the "Historic Michigan" series in 1924.

Mrs. Turner was a native of Lansing. Her parents were J. H. and Mary (Yeiter) Burdick. She was graduated from Lansing high school in 1885 and taught at Kalamazoo street school and Pattengill junior high school early in the century.

She resided here most of her life, except for about 20 years when her husband was practicing medicine in Webberville. She returned with him to Lansing in 1910.

She organized and was an honorary member of the Woman's Advance club of Webberville and was a member of Central Methodist church in Lansing.

Surviving are two sons, Ralph P. of Lansing and Richard H. of Kirkwood, Mo.; three grandsons, two granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Estes-Leadley Colonial chapel, Rev. Robert Blaisdell of Central Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.

[she died July 5, 1961]