Danvers — Mrs. Eva L. (Shepherd) Turner, 93, of Danvers, beloved wife of the late Melvin H. Turner, died on December 4, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Hazel (Watkins) Shepherd. She was raised and educated in Peabody, and was a graduate of Peabody High School. She earned her degree in education from Salem State College and her graduate degrees from Tufts University and Lesley College.
Mrs. Turner had been employed as an elementary school teacher in the Peabody School System for over 38 years, prior to her retirement. Mrs. Turner had also been employed at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers for 18 years.
A longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers, Eva was also the past president of the Danvers Women’s Association, a member of the Retired Teachers Association and was a member of the Gloucester Women’s Club. Mrs. Turner was a talented recorder player and had been a member of the North Shore Recorder Group for over 25 years. Eva truly enjoyed traveling, especially during the summer months, and particularly enjoyed spending time at Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine. She will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues.
Eva is survived by her brother, Donald C. Shepherd of St. David, Ariz.; her nephews, Dean Turcotte and his wife, Annette, of Beverly, and Donald Shepherd and his wife, Cathy, of Rochester, N.H.; her niece, Diane Gruntkosky and her husband, Peter Dierzak of Danvers; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. She was the sister of the late Marie Turcotte and Otis Shepherd.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service. which will be held graveside in the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Lake Street, Peabody, on Thursday, December 12, at 11 a.m. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St., Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Eva’s memory to the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.
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