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Carolyn Roy Turkington


Carolyn Roy Turkington

March 14, 1926-Jan. 2, 2010

Longtime Homer resident Mrs. Carolyn Roy Turkington, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Friendship Terrace Assisted Living in Homer with her family by her side.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway in Homer.

Mrs. Turkington was born March 14, 1926, to Ernest E. and Irene Roy in Manchester, Conn. She graduated from high school in Connecticut. She was a housewife for 62 years. Carolyn was a member of the Homer Methodist Church in Homer.

The family wrote, "Carolyn made her trek to Alaska in April of 1949. As a young bride, she, husband Bob, and three other men left Manchester, Conn., on April 11, 1949, in two 1929 Model A Fords to drive over the Alcan Highway to Alaska. The trip took them 25 days total and Carolyn and Bob celebrated their first anniversary while on the road.

"Carolyn and Bob would have celebrated their 62nd anniversary on April 24, 2010. The young couple spent their first winter in a Wanigan at 8 Mile outside of Homer. She helped in the building of the 'Hill Top Hideaway' by peeling the logs the men cut, and then making sandwiches to sell, and washing their dirty laundry. They never got paid for building this lodge. The next spring they moved into Homer. They were blessed with their first child Alan and a short 11 months later their son Bruce. Two years later their only daughter Gail was born. They settled in Homer and raised their family.

"Carolyn helped her husband keep books for the school bus business of 18 years, earth moving business and commercial fishing. Carolyn worked for several years at Inglima's store as a checker. Her greatest joy was her family. There were no aspirations to seek recognition of any organizations, except one club, which was called Fat Fanny's Club. Each month, as many girl friends as could would meet to weigh in and then have a leisurely dinner out, visiting about their husbands and children.

"Her talents included decorating cakes, painting beautiful pictures, cross stitching, crocheting afghans, sewing and gardening. Carolyn loved to cook and excelled at it. She will be remembered for her fine meals and dinner parties that rivaled Julia Child's. Carolyn was a 'Lady' and will be remembered for her loving kindness to others."

The family also said, "Mom always encouraged us to do our best and was always there for us; she was the wind beneath our wings. Mom was a gentle spirit and gave to us unselfishly. Carolyn got to watch her 10 grandchildren grow up and loved having them visit. The grandchildren have many fond memories of their Grandma Turkington. We were so blessed to have her with us for 83 years."

The family expressed a special praise to the ladies of Friendship Terrace Assisted Living who attended Carolyn these past three years. "What a gift to know she was cared for with such love," they said.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert Turkington of Homer; son and daughter in-laws, Alan and Joyce Turkington of Homer and Bruce and Debbie Turkington of Homer; daughter and son in-law, Gail and Danny Presley of Happy Valley; granddaughters, Joy and her husband Jason Huffman of Wasilla; Treva Turkington Huff of San Diego, Calif.; Ashlie Turkington Bishop of Redmond, Wash.; Kristin Presley of Anchorage; and Mala and her husband Vladimir Martushev of Wasilla; grandsons, Scott and his wife, Hester Turkington of Springfield, Missouri; Matt Turkington of Phoenix, Ariz.; Ryan Turkington of Homer; Sean Presley of Soldotna; Daniel and his wife, Randi Presley of Soldotna; great-grandchildren, Braden, Riley and Kieryn Huffman, all of Wasilla; Caley, Camron and Marek Presley, all of Soldotna.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Carolyn to the Friendship Terrace Assisted Living to Garden Fund, 250 Herndon Ave. Homer, Alaska 99603.

Arrangements were by Homer Funeral Home.