Tahlequah Daily Press

August 15, 2013

Mollie “Gretchen” Turner


TAHLEQUAH — TAHLEQUAH – Services for Mollie “Gretchen” Turner will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at the Reed-Culver Chapel, with Pastor Denise Jackson officiating. Visitation will take place at Reed-Culver on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from noon to 8 p.m. Interment will take place at Sellers Mission Cemetery near Cookson.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Mollie Gretchen Turner, or Gretchen to her family and friends, was born on June 9, 1939 at Muskogee, the daughter of Charlie and Mildred Eugenia (Curtis) McClure. She attended school at Alice Robertson school in Muskogee. She married Everett Ray Turner, and together they raised four children, Bruce, Jeff, Denise, and Brenda.

Gretchen was first and foremost a loving wife and a steadfast mother. She adored her children and watched their every accomplishment with a great deal of pride and admiration. She worked as a dietary assistant at Tahlequah City Hospital.

The most notable accomplishment was Gretchen’s cooking. If you ever enjoyed a slice of cheesecake at Jasper’s in Tahlequah, you were enjoying Gretchen’s creation. An accomplished cook, her pies were featured at Keys Bakery and you couldn’t improve on her chocolate and coconut cream pie. It didn’t matter what she made, it would be perfect. The meals she made for her family were just as wonderful and made with only the love Gretchen could display.

With the birth of each new grandchild, Gretchen’s love for her family grew. It was an unconditional love that showed as she welcomed each new addition. Her husband passed in 1996, and Gretchen filled the void with her children and grandchildren.