Debra Kay Turner

Debra Kay Turner

Debra Kay Turner of Gold Beach passed away on September 2nd, 2020 of cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren. Debra was born August 9th, 1952 in Roseburg, OR to Ted and Muriel Kern. Debbie lived in Sutherlin, Port Orford, and Ophir in her years growing up. While attending Gold Beach High School, she met her high school sweetheart, Jim. They graduated in 1970, and married a year later on June 11th, 1971. In 1973, she gave birth to her daughter, Beth, and two years later to her son Jimmer. She worked at the Chowderhead Restaurant as a cook and waitress, before opening up D & J Franko Gas Station. She ran that while Jim ran the Chevron Station. In 1988, they tore down the Chevron and closed the Franko Station, and went into business together operating the Texaco Station, which is now Shell. Debbie had her own clothing business called Little Peoples Place in 1978. The last 17 years or so she was a Weight Watcher leader for Gold Beach and Brookings. She helped many people accomplish their weight goals. Debbie loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved supporting them in all of their sports and school activities. You could always find her in the stands or on the players bus going to the events. The other joy in her life were her two dogs, Stew and Tango. Debbie was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents Ted and Muriel Kern, brother Teddie, and granddaughter Hope Elizabeth. Debbie is survived by her husband Jim of 49 years, daughter Beth Bennett (husband-Cliff), son Jimmer Turner (wife-Genny), and grandchildren Nick, Jed (wife- Kim), Wes, Emily, Apryl, Jordan, and Tessa. There will be a graveside service at the Pistol River Cemetery on Saturday, September 12th, at 11:00am. Everyone is welcome to attend this time to remember her. We ask that you please wear a mask. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Wild Rivers Animal Rescue in honor of Debbie. Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Mortuary.

11:00am on Saturday, September 12th at Pistol River Cemetery.

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