Frances Turgeon, longtime downvalley resident, has died
Frances J. Turgeon, a longtime resident of Gypsum and Fulford, died peacefully in her sleep early June 15 after a long illness. She was 84. Turgeon was born April 6, 1921 in The Badlands of South Dakota. She married Dick Turgeon on April 8, 1947. They moved to Colorado in January, 1949, and raised their family in Fulford, Denver and Gypsum.
She had four children, Eileen Lister, Betty Turgeon, Marjorie Turgeon and Rick Turgeon; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Dan and Eileen Lister’s children and grandchildren are: Mickey and Jessica Lister with Madeline and Ryan, Dano and Melissa Lister with Kennedy, Ethan and Erin, and Zeke Lister; and Pierrette Nordyke with Shayley. Margie’s daughter is Michelle Turgeon. Rick’s children are Michael DePrey, Jeremy and Kira Marsh, and Courtney Turgeon. Turgeon is also survived by sisters Tillie Valendre, Regina Turgeon and Isabelle Janis, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends and family members say Turgeon, a homemaker, had “great humor and wonderful smile.” Friends and family members loved her fried chicken, homemade chicken noodle soup, cinnamon rolls, ice cream, bread and all the great things she did to make people feel at home, they say. Frances and husband worked on many projects together, including work on a home in Denver, the cabin in Fulford, and the gabion baskets to make the wall in Gypsum.Dick and Frances, and their daughter Betty, recently moved to Wichita, Kan. from Mesquite, Nev., where Frances died.
A memorial service is planned for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at the cemetery in Gypsum.Vail, Colorado