Phyllis Dye Turner

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Phyllis Dye Turner

September 11, 1927 - January 06, 2019

Phyllis Dye Turner Phyllis Dye Turner beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed quietly into the night on January 6th, 2019 with her husband, the love of her life for 67 years, Edward (Ned) Turner, Jr. by her side. She was born September 11, 1927 to Theodore C. Dye & Eleanor B. Dye in Dayton, Ohio where she grew up. She married Ned, also from Dayton, September 1, 1951, and in 1960 they moved to Terre Haute, IN and settled into their lifelong home.
Phyllis earned her Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Skidmore College, Sarasota Springs, NY. During college she was an Editor of the Skidmore News, a proud member of the Skidmore Riding Team and a sincere student of the arts.
After finishing college she taught English in Massachusetts and Missouri. Phyllis returned to school after raising four children and in 1984 earned her MA in Theatre at Indiana State University. Following graduation she was an Adjunct Faculty Member of the ISU Communications Department and became an honorary member of Theta Alpha Phi. She also enjoyed a number of years as a writer and Assistant Director at Summer Stage Repertory Theatre and later served on the Crossroads Repertory Theatre Advisory Committee. Phyllis was a very well read individual and always had a quote, a saying, a missive or a humorous tidbit to share, (usually in her signature green ink), but she believed in proper English and would not hesitate to politely correct your grammar!
Phyllis was a devoted volunteer and loved her Terre Haute community. She was a proud member of her PEO sisterhood, Chapter BN; St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Swope Art Museum Alliance, Girl Scouts USA, Community Theatre of Terre Haute, and the Country Club of TH. She was a Past President of the Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council, a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader (where she created the camp riding program), organizer and Director of "The Little Stage Players," (a puppet group that toured the Vigo County elementary schools), and she contributed to a number of other organizations. She was honored with The Marilyn Wheeler Pendergast Award for Outstanding Dedication to Swope Art Museum having served as a member of the Board of Overseers, held the offices of Vice-President and President, volunteered as a docent and on many committees.
Phyllis was an emeriti member of the Board of Overseers-Life Member of the Swope Alliance.
Perhaps one of her greatest gifts to others was to share her compassion for horses and respect for all of God's creatures. She rode her entire life and had many horses and animals over the years. She taught riding at Cimarroncita Ranch Camp in New Mexico in her earlier years and was the Owner and Director of Honey Creek Riding Academy for several decades, her pride and joy, where she was able to pass along her genuine care for all life to many others.
Others have said Phyllis is a legend and there is not enough newsprint to cover her. She cared deeply for her family and friends and they are her legacy. She embraced life, lived day by day and would wish you to celebrate rather than mourn her passing. We believe she would say "I was blessed. My life was full and rewarding, thank you all for a wonderful time, but now I must pass. Tally Ho!"
Survivors include her husband Edward T. Turner, Jr; children Chris Turner Miller (and Bill) of Reston, VA; Julianne Turner Stuart (and Jim) of Oakland, CA; Edward Turner, III (and Jeanette) of Conifer, CO; Marjorie Turner McCornack (and Bob) of Albuquerque, NM. She also leaves five Grandchildren, three Great Grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her brother Theodore C. Dye II. She was preceded in death by her two sisters Julianne Trenholm and Eleanor Morgan.
Memorial Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 19th with a reception to follow at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 215 North 7th St. with the Reverend Drew Downs officiating. A private burial will take place in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, OH at a later date. The family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute Humane Society, Crossroads Repertory Theatre or a charity of your choice. Memorial tributes and funeral arrangements are under the direction of Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 South 25th St. and may also be found at:
Published on January 11, 2019
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Lisa Simes Rouse
Jan 19, 2019
I have so many memories of Mrs. T and being in the Turner's home. I was amazed at the time, and even more astounded as I have gotten older, at the energy she had. How could she stay up with us at slumber parties and still get up at her traditional 5:30am (or some equally early hour) and still seem so happy? We always knew that we were welcome in their home, that she would have Girl Scout cookies in her freezer, and that she would continue to care about us long after we grew up and moved away, as evidenced by her annual Christmas card signed in her signature green pen.
I am blessed to be Marjorie's friend and to know her amazing parents, who have been great examples to me in my own paren
...ting. I send love and condolences to all the Turners.Read more
Lana Taylor
Jan 15, 2019
Phyllis was a very special person in my life. She was with me in the Theater Dept. and was so caring when my oldest daughter was born. She gave me a bunny music stand. She always asked about my girls and I most recently ran into her at Baesler;s Mkt. We always had a great memories to talk about of the Theater Dept. at ISU. Love to her. May she rest in peace. I think she lived the life she wanted. Love and condolences to her family. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Love.
Ginny Caudill Thompson
Jan 14, 2019
1981 or 2 Here's a photo of "Flicka" coming out to check on her riding staff at Na-wa-kwa. I'm on the back of the horse, behind Anne Hooper. Phyllis was such an inspiration to all of us. And what a blessing to be able to work at Honey Creek Riding Academy after marriage dragged me away from camp. Now I find I'm the older lady who checks on girls at camp that feel more comfortable calling me Mrs. than my "camp name." Thanks for everything, Mrs. Turner!
Andrea Ondish
Jan 14, 2019
My condolences to the family. I knew and worked with her at the Swope. She was a wonderful person. She will be missed.
Nancy Keyes Kress
Jan 13, 2019
There aren't many people who touch the lives of as many others as Phyl did. I so enjoyed visiting with Aunt Phyl and Uncle Ned in their family home on 2010. I hate to see the legends pass.
Judy Pointer
Jan 12, 2019
Ned, may memories of Phyllis and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. She was a very special lady and I will always remember her. God Bless