Mary Emma Goyne Turner, 83, of Eudora, passed away on October 7, 2019, at Arkansas Hospice-St. Vincent’s in Little Rock.
She was born on February 29, 1936 in Collins to the late James Preston Goyne and Lona Kemp Goyne.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Gossman and Barbara Jean Goyne; four brothers, Winfred McAllister, Floyd McAllister, James Goyne and Van Caroll Goyne.
Mrs. Turner was member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Village where she was a very devoted Catholic and blessed devotion to her Blessed Mother Mary.
She was a retired city treasurer for the cities of Anaheim and Fullerton, California and served as the president of the Treasurer’s Association of the United States and Canada. She also sat on several additional boards as well such as being the silver-haired legislator for the Area Agency and the Board of New Beginnings.
Mrs. Turner was the first woman to hold the office of Chicot County Judge in Chicot County, AR and was an administrative aide to County Judge Zeiman and the Eudora mayor. She held a master’s degree from the “University of Hard Knocks,” as she would laughingly say. Her son, Johnny always referred to his mother as the “Billion Dollar Mother.”
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Sylvester Alphons Turner of Eudora; two daughters, Jaime Denise Harper of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Vanessa Kaye Sipes and Stanley of Panama City Beach, Florida; two sons, John Preston Turner of Mountain Home and Mark Andrew Turner of Kilbourne, Louisiana; an adopted daughter, Jennifer Curran of California; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kristi, Matthew, Melissa, Christopher, Joseph “Joey”, Kayden and Kayli; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, at Our Lady of the Catholic Church in Lake Village with burial to follow in Collins Cemetery. Family visitation will be held Friday, October 11 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Bishop-King Funeral Home in Lake Village. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.