Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2007

Obituary: Cynthia J. Gaines Turner


April 12, 2007

Cynthia J. Gaines Turner


Funeral services for Cynthia Jane Gaines Turner, 88, Lawrence, were Thursday, April 5, at Second Christian Church. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Turner died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence.

She was born Nov. 25, 1918, in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Dee and Lillian Edwards Gaines. She attended Emporia State Teachers College and graduated from Kansas University.

Mrs. Turner worked for Hercules and the Ford Fellows Foundation. She was director of Ballard Community Center and started the I Can Be program for children. She ran for state representative from the 39th District in 1970.

She was a member of Second Christian Church and belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Lawrence.

She married Lawrence Turner on May 4, 1945, in Lawrence. He died Feb. 24, 2006.

Mrs. Turner also was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Thompson, Seattle; a son, Lawrence Thompson, Blue Springs, Mo.; a sister, Josephine Walker, Topeka; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence 66044.

Online condolences may be sent at, subject: Turner.

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