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Nancy Jane "Gretchen" (Fuller) Turner

May 12, 1938 August 13, 2019
Nancy Jane "Gretchen" (Fuller) Turner
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Nancy Jane “Gretchen” Fuller Turner, 81, of Willcox AZ, formerly from Ludlow, MA, Wolf Creek, Ketchikan, Alaska and most recently Tucson, AZ, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Ludlow, Ma. on May 12, 1938 to the late Albert H. Fuller and Helen Stuart Fuller of Ludlow, MA. Nancy was predeceased by husband Everett Earl Turner; and she leaves her four sons:

Steve of Cochise, AZ, and his family: wife Barbi, sons David Wilson, Mike Wilson and wife CoDee, and family; Mike of Tucson, AZ; and his family: wife Ann, son Mike McAuley and wife Heather, and family;

Jack of Alma, KS, and his family: wife Tina, daughters Jackie Stuewe and husband Brandon, Katie Eckelberry and husband Mark, and Haley Turner; and Scott of Marana, AZ and his family: wife Betty, daughters Melissa O’Bryan and husband Jim, and family, and Melinda Friend. Nancy also leaves her brother Stuart Fuller and wife Carol, nephew Todd Fuller; niece Darcey Fuller Walulak and children Cam, Kylie and KK; her many Stuart and Fuller Family members; and many, many friends who have truly touched her life.

The family found the following “resume” in Nancy’s file and felt it kind of says it all about her journey and wanted to share this as she wrote it!

Nancy J. Turner
2940 W. Airport Rd
Willcox, AZ 85643
520 384 2691

Ludlow High School, Ludlow Ma High School Diploma 1956
Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA BS in Ed, Special Ed Certification 1960
University of WA, Seattle 5th Year Program 1963-1967

Following Colleges and Universities for certification
Springfield College, Springfield, MA
Seattle University, Seattle, WA
University of AZ, Tucson, AZ

Following were by correspondence or video
University of Alaska
Anchorage, AK
Fairbanks, AK
Southeast Sitka, AK
Prescott College, Prescott AZ...mentored them in Nogales, AZ
McPherson College, KS

Innumerable inservices for professional development

Massachusetts, Washington, Arizona, and Alaska

Teaching Assignments
1960-1961…..Ludlow, MA Primary Educable Special Education
1962-1973…..Seattle, WA Trainable and Educable Special Education
1973-1980…..Retired to live in isolated Alaska, accessible only by float plane, or
boat….was just plain good life and time….
1980-1984…..back to “America” caretakers on AZ ranches in Wickenburg, Tucson area,
Sasabe area….cooked at a Dude nightmare…
1983-1984…..Substituted...Grades K-8..San Fernando School, Sasabe, AZ
1984-1986…..Sasabe….Grades K-3
1986-1989…..Sasabe….Grades K-7
1989-1991…..Back to Alaska...Ketchikan and Craig...Substituted K-12 in Rowan Bay (out
of Sitka), Craig and Klawock on Prince of Wales IS.
1991-1993…..Nogales HS Self contained Spec Ed class
1993-2003…..Apache, AZ (No PO).....Grades K-8 Retired to Willcox,May,
2003-2004…..GED prep class…..Cochise College, Willcox….the end..Amen. “

All services will be held privately at the convenience of the family and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the name of Owen O’Bryan, Nancy’s Great Grandson to:
Dravet Syndrome Foundation P.O. Box 3026 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

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