August 31, 1930 - May 12, 2021
Mrs. Magaline M. Turner, age 90, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Washington, DC. Magaline Evelyn Ruth Markham Turner was born to Delaney Markham and Sylvia W. Markham on August 31,1930. She was the great granddaughter of the Reverend Edian Markham, founder of St. Joseph A.M.E. Church in Durham, North Carolina. Born and raised in Durham, she was a proud Durhamite. She loved and cherished her rich history with St. Joseph A.M.E. Church. Magaline graduated from Hillside High School in 1948. She also attended North Carolina Central University and Cortez Peters Business College. After stretching her wings, Magaline moved to Washington, D.C. and ultimately worked in the Federal Government. She retired from government after 36 years of service in 1993. Twenty-four years of that service were with the United States of America Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After retirement, Magaline volunteered for local political campaigns and participated in neighborhood projects in Washington, D.C. However, wherever life lead her, she was always a Durham girl and always valued her friendships from school and work. Gloria, Robert, and Magaline spent many memorable moments laughing, poking at each other (as siblings do), and discussing political and civic issues; but always loving and supporting each other. She will be remembered as a quiet, caring, and very loving person. Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert Turner. Leaving to mourn her is her only child Carol Dowtin of Washington, D.C.; sister, Gloria Allen of New York City; nieces, Cecilia F. McGarrah of Florence, S.C. and Monique Markham of Washington, D.C; great nieces Jordan Garrison of Washington, D.C. and Andrea Porter of Newport News, Virginia; great nephew Anthony Franklin of New York City; great-great nephew Johnathan Satomayor of Newport News, Virginia; a dear friend Bill Caraway who stood by her for many years; and a host of relatives and friends. A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Magaline M. Turner will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., at St. Joseph AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville Street, Durham, North Carolina 27707, with a viewing at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Beechwood Cemetery. Please keep this family in your thoughts and in your prayers.
Mrs. Magaline M. Turner, age 90, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Washington, DC. Magaline Evelyn Ruth Markham Turner was born to Delaney Markham and Sylvia W. Markham on August 31,1930. She was the great granddaughter... View Obituary & Service Information
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