Carolyn Jean (Miller) Turley obituary

Carolyn Jean (Miller) Turley, 77, of Baldwin City, Kansas, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at Richmond Healthcare, Richmond, Kansas.

Following Covid-19 guidelines, funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at Lighthouse Baptist Church, Baldwin City, Kansas. The service will be live streamed on the Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home Facebook page for friends wanting to participate virtually. Graveside service will follow at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Kansas. The family will receive friends for a visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb-Roberts–Price Funeral Home, Ottawa.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, Lighthouse Baptist Church, or Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas and sent c/o Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through, where a video memorial tribute is also available to view.

She was born September 27, 1943, in Garnett, Kansas, the daughter of Ernest Miller and Nellie (Brockus) Miller.  She grew up in the Rantoul area graduating from Rantoul High School with the class of 1962.

On May 21, 1960, Carolyn was united in marriage to Franklin Turley in Ottawa, KS.  They shared 60 years of love and devotion.

With her husband’s job keeping them regularly moving around Kansas, Carolyn’s early years were spent as a homemaker, raising her family and keeping the kids on the go. Over these years the family lived in Wichita, Salina, Newton, Halstead, Rantoul, Wellsville, and eventually Baldwin City. Later in life she worked for the Baldwin City Telegraphic, Baldwin City, Franklin Savings & Loan, Ottawa, North Supply, Ottawa, Kansas, and Sprint, Gardner, all as an executive secretary until her retirement from Sprint. 

Carolyn was a past member of Wellsville Baptist Church, Rantoul Presbyterian and a current member of Lighthouse Baptist Church, Baldwin City. Carolyn was a youth leader for the Youth for Christ group and helped develop the bus ministry at Wellsville Baptist Church. She was always musically gifted in her life and over the many years was a pianist for the various churches at different times as well as the accompanist for Wellsville High School for several years also. She was also a regular member in the church choir over her life.

She was very devoted to her grandchildren. She crocheted blankets for every one of them over the years. She had a very talented artistic side to her as well; she was a skilled embroiderer, was an award winning photographer as well as organist and accordion player. Carolyn was a hard worker and always ready to be of help. She even helped Franklin build their house from the ground up. A feat she was very proud of over the years.  

In her high school years, she was an active member of school playing basketball, playing volleyball, being a cheerleader, and she was the a student government member as the class secretary. She also loved animals.  She especially loved cats, dogs, and horses. Her favorite pet was her poodle Amber who brought her a great deal of comfort during her recent illness.

Carolyn  is survived by her husband, Franklin Turley, Baldwin City, Kansas; three children, Rocky Turley, Baldwin City, Kansas; Teresa Meyerkorth and her husband, Rob, Ottawa, Kansas; Melody Chapman and her husband, Greg, Palatka, Florida; brother, Don Miller and his wife, Pat, Ottawa, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Tara Steward and her husband, Nathan, Olathe, Kansas; Regan McCurdy and her husband, Jeff, Ottawa, Kansas; Lucas Chapman, Palatka, Florida; Wyatt Chapman, Palatka, Florida; Riley Meyerkorth, Ottawa, Kansas; Sara Meyerkorth, Ottawa, Kansas; Jenna Monreal and her husband, Ryan, San Angelo, Texas; seven great-grandchildren, Colby McCurdy, Ottawa, Kansas; Ashton McCurdy, Ottawa, Kansas; Bryson Steward, Olathe, Kansas; Eva Steward, Olathe, Kansas; Nella Mae Steward, Olathe, Kansas; Lainey Monreal, San Angelo, Texas; Avery Monreal, San Angelo, Texas; two nephews, Tony Miller, Rob Miller; a niece, Tracy Englund and her husband, Myron; two great nephews, Brandon Englund, Mikael Englund; and two great-great nephews, Marcus and Asher Englund.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, two daughters; Diana Turley, Deanna Turley and a son, Ricky Turley.

Published on January 25, 2021