Elizabeth Jane (Foley) Turner, 89, of rural Excelsior Springs, went to be with Jesus on July 28, 2020. She was born September 14, 1930 to Roy P. and Bertha Foley near Missouri City. She graduated from Excelsior Springs High School in 1948 and married her sweetheart, Billy, who lovingly called her “The Cook,” on December 24, 1949. They had three children, Kay Kelly, Lana (Bob) Knutter, and Randy (Kathy) Turner.
Elizabeth “Lizzie” was a dedicated strong farm wife, Mama, and Me-Ma who sang and whistled joyously as she worked. She was a faithful and supportive member of Union Baptist Church in rural Orrick.
Preceding her in death, besides her parents, were her siblings, Arvil “Sparky” Foley, Virginia Wilson, Ruby Fletcher and Helen Turner, as well as her son-in-law, Herb Kelly.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, her children, eight grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and lots of nieces, nephews and friends.
Her wish was to not have flowers but contributions to Liberty Hospital TreeHouse. Donations can be sent to the Liberty Hospital Foundation at 2525 Glenn Hendren Drive, P.O. Box 1002, Liberty, MO 64069 with Elizabeth Turner in the memo line of the gift.
Graveside service will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020, 2:30 p.m., at the Masonic Section of Crownhill Cemetery, Excelsior Springs.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.
Our Sincere Condolences
Aunt Lizzie, thank you for all the years of warm, wonderful memories along with Uncle Bill. This is especially sad for me because you are my mother’s namesake & she was crazy about you!! She loved you so very much. She always showed me the letters or notes between you two & all your little news clippings or jokes you cut out of the newspaper. You had quite the sense of humor. Ornery, too! But I won’t tell. When mom, Tony & I visited, we always came in through the garage door & as soon as we all hit the kitchen floor, you would have thought we were celebrities coming for a visit. Excitement filled the room, the voices went loud as if we were all deaf like Uncle Bill (lol!!), floods of laughter, you & mom cackling between yourselves & Uncle Bill standing nearby saying something, but we couldn’t understand what he was saying, BUT that man always had a big smile on his face. Your place was properly & affectionately called “The Funny Farm.” My memories of you fill my heart with joy from my childhood & although I am deeply sad that you left this world, I know you are with your Father in heaven. I take comfort in that. You are already missed so much & will be until we reunite in Paradise. Please tell my mom hello & I love her & miss her. I can hear you two now. Has God moved you two to the loud section of heaven yet?
I love you, Aunt Lizzie.
Dear Uncle Bill, Kay, Lana & Randy, & extended family
I did not forget about each of you. I am sending my love to all of you during this difficult time of the loss of “Mama or Me-Ma.” I know from my own experience the loss of a mother. The pain runs deep, but with lots & lots of time, it will become a teeny tiny bit easier to bare. Aunt Lizzie was very special to my mom & us kids. I had the blessing of seeing pure love between mom & Aunt Lizzie. I will keep all of you in our prayers & ask God to wrap you in his loving arms to bring you some sense of comfort & peace. I am so blessed to have all of you as my family. You are so very strong & your commitments to the Lord have been a testimony & an inspiration to me. Aunt Lizzie would say, “Amen!!” I am thinking of you & I am sending big hugs (well, 6’ apart).
We are sorry for your loss and know that our prayers are with you.
Warren and Barb Turner
I am at a loss for words to explain how much I loved this family. Elizabeth was such a bright light in an often dark world. Never saw her with anything but a big smile on her face. She was such a big supporter of the Gospelaires which Dave and I had a small part of. She is now resting in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior. So I will not weep for this loss but celebrate it with prayers for the best life any of us could ever hope for. I pray for peace and wonderful memories of their Mom for this family. My heart is with all of you on this Celebration of Elizabeth’s life. I love you Lana, Bob, Ed, and Erin. I know you all our giving God the glory for letting this wonderful woman be in your life. Hugs.
Dave and Linda Way
I was so wonderfully blessed to have such a great mother in law who gave me my greatest of all earthly gifts!