The Curry Coastal Pilot

Barbara A. Turk

Nov. 13, 1934-Dec. 8, 2013

Barbara A. Turk passed away peacefully Dec. 8, 2013, in Brookings. She was 79.

Barbara was born Nov. 13, 1934, in Lyons, Colo. She was adopted by Zelven and Mabel Patterson when she was 2 years old.

In her youth, Barbara loved all sports, and played many of them in high school. She went to college in Southern California to become a teacher.

Shortly after, she got a job teaching kindergarten and first grade in Trail, where she taught for 20 years.

Barbara married Jack Turk Sept. 14, 1976, in Eagle Point.

They moved to Eureka, Calif., where Barbara worked as a floor lady for many years at the Eureka fishery.

After she survived a battle with breast cancer, Barbara and Jack moved to Brookings, where they spent the remainder of their time together out in the woods hiking and picking brush and mushrooms, until Jack passed away in 2008.

Barbara was a social butterfly who loved to talk, and enjoyed visiting the Chetco Activity Center.

In 2010 she moved to Sea View Senior Living, which she enjoyed very much, and happily lived out the rest of her years there.

Barbara is survived by her three stepchildren: Leanna Hopkins, Stan Turk, and Kimberly Omara; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Jack Turk.

A funeral service will be at noon Sunday, Dec. 15, at Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield Street in Brookings.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.