Theda (McCLung) Turner, age 88, of Elkhart, Kansas, died Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart, Kansas. She was born March 26, 1930, the daughter of Guy E. and Hilldred McClung.
Theda married Morris Tuner on March 10, 1946, and to this union two children, Shannon and Cherry, were born. The family moved from Elkhart to Texas County, Oklahoma, just south of Elkhart in 1952 to begin a life on the farm. Even though Theda was a town girl, she learned to help with farming, cattle, and to put up with all of the cats and dogs that her daughter brought home. There were lots of home cooked meals shared with neighbors and occasional parties for the adults and children of the neighborhood. She enjoyed taking part in her kid’s school activities as well as her grandkids and great-grandkids when they came along. She went to town to work, enjoying work at Anderson Shoe Store, Harding’s Department Store, Toadvine Dress Shop, and DJ Variety, always laughing when she said she didn’t really like the farm work so she went to town to work. After her husband passed, Theda moved back to Elkhart moving into the Senior Housing where she enjoyed the company of all the residents, even shared a few meals, UNO card games and marble games. Theda was a member of the First Church of God in Elkhart, and loved helping with the Wednesday Night Kids Program. She also volunteered at the Morton County Museum and eventually started working as a part-time employee.
Survivors include her brother, Larry French and wife Linda of Ann Arbor, Michigan; daughter, Cherry Painter and husband Gary of Keyes, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law, Cinda Merz and husband Don of Santa Fe, New Mexico; grandchildren, Dusty Turner and wife Amy of Edmond, Oklahoma, Wendy Bailey and husband Grant of Tomball, Texas, Shane Bitner of Elkhart, Kansas, Craig Painter and wife Missy of Sidney, Montana, Shonda Williams and husband Justin of Cleveland, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Ransen and Cashen Turner, Larkin Bailey, Derek Painter, Shyan Aylor, Aquilla and Dakota Painter, Railee, A’lea, Trey and Brendi Williams; great-great-grandchildren, PriesLee Simmons, JaeLynn Brecheisen; special granddaughter, Ashlyn Smith; and a host of family and friends.
Theda is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Morris; and son, Shannon.
Memorial service will be Monday, September 17, 2018, at 1:00 PM at First Church of God in Elkhart, Kansas, with Pastor Denny Huebner officiating. There will be no public visitation. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Elkhart Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Church of God Wednesday Night Kids or Morton County Museum in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.