Doris "Jane" Turner, age 88, of Ubly, Michigan, passed away peacefully on October 10, 2023.
She was born in Greenville, Ohio, on November 3, 1934, to Roy and Bernice McMiller. While Jane moved to Ubly over five decades ago, she always identified as “being from Greenville, OH.”
Jane graduated from Cass City High School in 1952, setting the stage to succeed facing a life of challenge and adventure. She worked tirelessly as a waitress for 32 years at the Franklin Inn in Bad Axe. Her ability to remember faces and names, high energy, and infectious laugh made her a favorite among patrons. She loved people and had an uncanny ability to make everyone feel welcome and at home.
Jane's life was marked by dedication, love, and a fierce determination to face challenges head-on. She was known for her wit, boundless energy, and a distinct laugh that could brighten even the darkest of days. Her outspoken cheers and laughter would always let her grandchildren know when Grandma Jane was in the house for a sporting event or performance.
One of Jane's many joys was traveling whenever the opportunity arose, especially to visit her children and grandchildren. Her adventures took her to various corners of the country and Canada including Texas, Washington, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Hawaii, and even the famous Calgary Stampede. Her adventurous spirit allowed her to embrace new people and experiences, creating valuable memories with her loved ones along the way.
Jane took many life lessons from the wisdom and humor found in countless comic strips along with the knowledge she gleaned from Jeopardy and other favorite “quiz programs.” Her ability to find joy in life's little moments and share it with those around her was one of her many gifts.
One of Jane's most admirable qualities was her ability to establish enduring friendships with people across multiple generations. She had an uncanny ability to connect with individuals of all ages, offering them her wisdom, her unique sense of humor, and most importantly, her unwavering friendship.
Jane leaves a legacy of determination, friendship, and inclusivity. She will be deeply missed by her children, extended family, friends, and all those fortunate enough to have known her.
The family of Jane Turner wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the caring staff at Meadow Lane, whose dedication and support brought joy and comfort to Jane in her final month. A special thank you is extended to Patty Evans, who lovingly assisted with Jane's daily care while she was in her own home. Patty became another cherished friend in Jane's life, offering not only physical assistance but also unwavering companionship and love. Also, the caring and support of long-standing neighbors made it possible for Jane to stay in the home she loved and have the independence she so fiercely defended throughout her life.
She is survived by her children, Susan (Daniel) Romzek of Ruth, Bryan Turner of Port Huron, and Kathy Turner (David Harris) of Burlingame, CA; her grandchildren, Chad Romzek (Tracy) of Neenah, WI, Tobie Romzek (Jason Morrison) of Grand Rapids, Gavin Romzek (Claire) of Las Vegas, NV, Jesse Turner of Anamoos, ND, Jennifer Turner (Gabe Turner) of Ubly, Andrew Stacy of Mt. Pleasant and Amelia Harris of Burlingame, CA; great grandchildren, Dylan Romzek, Mason Romzek, Owen Romzek, Max Romzek, Lyla Romzek, Kody Spicer, Keagan Spicer, Alivia Turner, Khloe Turner, Sophia and Liam Mueller, Raymond Turner, and Ezmerelda Smith.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jean Turner.
A memorial service to celebrate Jane's life will be held Saturday at 3:00 PM at Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly. Pastor Austin Kelly from the Ubly Christian Church will officiate. Jane will be laid to rest next to her daughter, Jean, in Valley Cemetery in Ubly.
Visitation will be at the Zinger Smigielski Funeral Home on Friday from 2:00-7:00 PM and Saturday from 2:00-3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Sleeper Public Library in Ubly or to Meadow Lane. Assisted Living in Bad Axe.
May she rest in peace, knowing that her legacy of love, laughter, and friendship will continue to inspire us all.