Eleanor Turner, 81 of Williamstown, Vermont, and a former longtime resident of Garrison, died of cancer on Aug. 5, 2017, surrounded at her home by her family.
She was born Jan. 22, 1936, in Ossining, to Sam and Eleanor Comouche. She graduated from Ossining High School in 1953, attended the Berkeley Business School and later worked at Westchester County Bank in White Plains.
On Oct. 13, 1956, at St. Anne’s Church in Ossining, she married Ralph F. Turner. They were married for 58 years before his death.
The Turners moved to Garrison in 1968, where they built their first home. Eleanor worked as a secretary to Ralph at his insurance business, The Turner Agency, until they sold it 10 years later. Next, she worked at Graymoor in the accounting department for 20 years and quickly became manager in her division.
In 1998, Ralph and Eleanor purchased 60 acres in Williamstown and, after clearing the land themselves, in 2003 built a log home. A pot of sauce was always on the stove with food to share.
Eleanor is survived by her children: Ralph Turner Jr. of Monroe; Richard Turner of Underhill, Vermont; Jeanne Turner Comouche (Karen Fromhold) of Ferrisburgh, Vermont; James Turner (Mary-Ann) of Panama City, Florida; John Turner of Williamstown; and Michael Turner of White Plains.
A devout Catholic, Eleanor was a member of St. Edward’s Church in Williamstown. A Mass and celebration of her life will be held there at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14. Memorial donations may be made to St. Edward’s Church, 76 Beckett St., Williamstown, VT 05679.