Ruth M. Turner passed away on May 17, 2020 as a result of complications from
COVID-19. She was 80 years old. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May
29 th from 10am to 12pm at Michels and Lundquist in New Port Richey, Florida.
She was born Ruth Evelyn Morton on April 24, 1940 in Saxe Virginia to Wade and
Evelyn Morton. She grew up on her family farm until she left for college,
attending Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. At college, she met her
former husband of over twenty-five years, Rodney S. Turner (deceased). Shortly
after marrying, the two moved to Connecticut. Ruth graduated from the
University of Hartford with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She
was a third-grade teacher in the Waterbury (Connecticut) Public School system in
the early 1970s, then moving on as the Director of Saint John’s Day Career Center.
Ms. Turner proudly advanced in her career of over thirty years in Early Childhood
Education. She retired as the Director of Head Start for the City of New Haven,
Connecticut in 2005.
Ruth spent most of her adult life in Connecticut. One of the greatest joys was
being a loving mother, mentor, and dear friend to her two daughters, Dr. Pamela
Clay and Monique “Nikki” Turner-Lopez. She was a devoted grandmother to her
six grandchildren, Miles, Monet, Emmari, Emani, Maya, and Maxwell. She loved
Ruth was a member of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion Church in Waterbury, Connecticut
and of Varick A.M.E. Zion Church in New Haven, Connecticut. She was an active
member of the Links Inc. of Waterbury, Connecticut, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha(A.K.A.) Sorority.
Ruth’s hobbies included spending time with family, gardening, decorating,
cooking, and shopping. On any Saturday, she could be found shopping for unique
and fashionable buys at local consignment shops. She was an impeccable dresser
and had a keen eye for interior design. With her elegant taste, Ruth maintained a
stylish home and a beautiful flower garden both which could have been featured
in any Better Homes and Gardens magazine. She loved to travel with her
daughters and their families, her sisters, and other loved ones, having visited Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, the Grand Canyon, and numerous states in the U.S.
Ruth is survived by her daughters, Dr. Pamela Clay of Johns Creek, Georgia and
Monique “Nikki” Turner-Lopez of Trinity, Florida, her son-in-law, Frank Lopez,
her sisters Dorothy Drake and Deborah Morton of Richmond, Virginia, and
Fayenessa Morton of Suffolk, Virginia. She is also survived by her brother Wade
“Duke” Morton Jr. of Saxe Virginia, her sister-in-law, Annie Morton, as well as her
brother-in-law, Doug Burton of Richmond, Virginia In addition, Ruth is survived
by her six grandchildren, ten nephews and nieces, and a host of other family and
Ruth was preceded in death by her sister, Sula Burton, her parents, Wade
Morton Sr. and Evelyn Morton, as well as her former husband, Rodney S. Turner.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association,