Phyllis Dye Turner


Memorial service

Saturday January 19, 2019

11:00 AM

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

215 North 7th Street, Terre Haute, IN

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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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