Elizabeth Anna Turner, senior companion

March 26, 2020

Elizabeth Anna Turner, 88, of Millsboro, loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-aunt and great-grandmother affectionately known as “Sook,” departed this life early Tuesday morning, March 24, 2020, at home after a brief illness.

Elizabeth was born Feb. 9, 1932, in Parksley, Va., to the late Clifton and Margaret ”Maggie” Matthews, the oldest of 13 children. She was educated in the public schools of Accomack County, Va. 

She worked at H&H Poultry in Selbyville for a number of years. Elizabeth worked at Landmark Inn in Cherry Hill, N.J., for many years. Elizabeth also worked at Harbor Healthcare in Lewes, and was a health aide to Mrs. Jenny Hitchens. She was a senior companion for First State Community Action in Georgetown to Miss Lily Floyd until her illness.

Elizabeth was a member of St. John 2nd Baptist Church in Millsboro, where she served on the usher board under the leadership of her pastor, the Rev. Annie J. Custis. She was loved by her family, church and friends. Elizabeth had enjoyed traveling with her adopted daughter Lorraine and other friends from her church around and outside the U.S. She was always ready and willing to help anyone in need. She will be dearly missed by us all.

Elizabeth leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memories: her aunt Bernice Bradley and husband Floyd; her son Raymond Turner Jr.; daughters Samantha Matthews, Shirley Shelton, Marie Brown and Lorraine Smith and husband Wade; her sisters, Margaret Tull and Eddie, Valorie Parsons and her husband Charles; her brother Emmanuel Matthews; her sister-in-law Loretta Matthews; grandchildren Japonica “Tweety” Darkwah and her husband Charles, Quiandra “Kee” Davis and Taj, Russell Davis and his wife Tyniesha, Tyrone Matthews, Sophia Matthews, Taron Matthews and Zhane, Lisa Elmore, Raymond Turner III, Joseph Turner and a host of nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other adopted sons and daughters.

Elizabeth  was preceded in death by the love of her life Raymond Matthews Turner Sr. to whom she was married for 20 years; two daughters, Faith C. Matthews and Anna S. Porter; a granddaughter, Reeyanah Davis; brothers James, Clifton Jr. and Robert Matthews; and sisters Ada Matthews and Barbara Brown.

Celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 28, at noon, at St. John 2nd Baptist Church, 26602 Mt. Joy Road, Millsboro. Family and friends may visit two hours prior to service. Professional services entrusted to Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Millsboro.
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