Originally created 03/30/02

Featured obituary: Anna Turner

Those who knew Anna Turner say she always talked about having a number of different hats.

Mrs. Turner was a math professor at Augusta State University, where she taught lower-level classes such as college algebra and calculus. But more important, to her, she was a mother and a grandmother.

"She was a professor, of course, but she was very much a family person," said Fred Maynard, the chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Augusta State University.

Mrs. Turner, 65, died Wednesday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Westover Memorial Park.

Mrs. Turner went to work at Augusta State University after spending a year teaching high school French and math, her husband, James Turner, said. She received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award there in 1991.

Teaching was her first love, but in the years after her retirement, Mrs. Turner had found another passion - her grandchildren.

"She really loved spending time with (them). She was just an all-around person who loved people," Mr. Turner said.

Additional survivors include two sons, James Mark Turner and John Robert Turner; a daughter, Elizabeth Turner Simpson; and five grandchildren.

Reach Jennifer Hilliard at (706) 823-3220 or jennifer.hilliard@augustachronicle.com.


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