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Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
May 17, 2005

NOTICE of DEATH - MILDRED ANNE (WILEY) TURNBULL

Mildred Anne TURNBULL, 99, of Leavenworth, Wash., formerly of Diagonal, died May 10, 2005, at Cashmere Convalescent Center in Washington.

Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Thursday, May 19, 2005

OBITUARY - MILDRED ANNE (WILEY) TURNBULL

Mildred Anne TURNBULL, 99, of Leavenworth, Wash., formerly of Diagonal, died May 10, 2005, at Cashmere Convalescent Center in Washington.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the United Church in Diagonal. The Rev. John BERAN will officiate the service. Burial will be in Diagonal Cemetery. There is open visitation after 10 a.m. Saturday with the family receiving friends 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home in Diagonal. Memorials may be directed to Diagonal Printing Museum.

Mrs. TURNBULL, daughter of Alma (SOBOTKA) and Lester WILEY, was born November 12, 1905 in Diagonal. She graduated from Diagonal High School in 1923 and attended Parsons College in Fairfield. On March 10, 1928, she married Harold Watson TURNBULL. She taught school in Arispe and Diagonal, then published the Diagonal Reporter with her husband where she was known for her column "Bird Notes."

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Jane TURNBULL WRAY of Leavenworth, Wash.; two grandchildren, Matthew (wife Christie) TURNBULL of Leavenworth, Wash., and Jennifer McDONALD of Cave Junction, Ore.; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, son Miles; great-grandson Miles Montgomery TURNBULL, parents, sister Florence WILEY JESSUP and two brothers, Donald and Ellis WILEY.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

The Wenatchee World
Wenatchee, Washington
Thursday, May 12, 2005

OBITUARY ~ MILDRED ANN TURNBULL, LEAVENWORTH

Mildred Anne TURNBULL, a 23-year resident of Leavenworth, died Tuesday morning, May 10, 2005, in the Cashmere Convalescent Center at the age of 99.

She was born Mildred Anne WILEY, oldest child of Lester and Alma SOBOTKA WILEY, on November 12, 1905, near Diagonal, Iowa. She grew up on the WILEY farm, attended Bethel School through eighth grade, and graduated in 1923, from Diagonal High School. She was the sole survivor of the 13 members of that class.

For two years she taught in a one room country school before attending Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. She later taught school in Arispe, Iowa and in Diagonal High School. She married Harold Watson TURNBULL March 10, 1928, a marriage that lasted 62 years until his death at age 84, on July 14, 1990. With her husband she was active in Diagonal churches, mainly teaching Sunday School classes. Mildred and her husband published the weekly Diagonal Reporter for many decades, until ill health caused his retirement and sale of the newspaper in 1972.

For years Mildred gathered the news of local residents and wrote of their coming and going, their joys and sorrows the life of the small community that numbered some 600 residents at the most. She was an avid bird-watcher, and was most widely known for her column, "Bird Notes," which was eagerly read by Reporter subscribers and republished on occasion in other Iowa newspapers and magazines. She also enjoyed writing poetry.

With her husband she moved to Leavenworth in 1982, to be near her son and his family. There she joined the Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church and taught adult Sunday School class. She also volunteered at Osborn Elementary School, helping young children learning to read. For several years she contributed a column on birds and nature to The Leavenworth Echo. Mildred had a special gift of writing personal letters to friends near and far. Many have cherished these warm greetings and thought-filled expressions of joy or sympathy which she sent to cheer those she felt needed to receive a kind word.

Mildred TURNBULL is survived by her daughter-in-law, Jane TURNBULL WRAY of Leavenworth; her grandson, Matthew, his wife Christie and their children, Margaret, Victoria, Sophia, Elizabeth, Alexandra and Macadam all of Leavenworth; and by her granddaughter, Jennifer McDONALD of Cave Junction, Oregon; also nieces, nephews and cousins; and by many dear friends whose lives in Diagonal were deeply touched by this dear Lady.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her son, Miles on June 11, 1994; a great-grandson, Miles Montgomery TURNBULL on January 11, 1993; her parents; brothers, Donald WILEY and Ellis WILEY; and her sister, Florence WILEY JESSUP.

A Memorial Service of Commemoration will be held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon, May 16, 2005, in the Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church with Rev. Roger HUDSON, officiating. A Funeral Service of Commemoration will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 22, 2005, at 2:00 p.m. in the United Church of Diagonal, Iowa with Rev. John BERAN, officiating.

Burial will be in the Diagonal Cemetery.

Ward's Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth is in charge of the local arrangements and Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements in Diagonal, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2012

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