Archive for Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Linwood to honor longtime volunteer

Hours spent at library, school

February 27, 2002

It's easy to see why Marceline "Marcy" Turner was chosen as this year's recipient of the Ovid Snider Award for service to the community of Linwood.

She loves giving time to the city library, where she is both a volunteer and a board member. She's unofficially on-call during the day to run errands for the library staff.

"I've told them, 'Give me a holler if you can catch me at home,'" Turner said, with her easy laugh.

Marceline "Marcy" Turner will be honored with a public reception Saturday at the Linwood Community Center.

The winner of the Ovid Snider Award for community service will be honored from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Past recipients of this award are: Ovid Snider in 1985, Nell Duncan in 1986, Ted Handley in 1987, Mildred Baird in 1988, Elaine Jones in 1989, Miriam Setterstrom in 1990, Arlene Pritchard in 1991, Jeff Coatney in 1992, Jimmy and Edna Elder in 1993, Dean and Juanita Sheets in 1994, Opal Wilson in 1995, Elmer Parish in 1996, Ron and Gwen Smith in 1997, Casey and Dixie Jones in 1998, Craig and Kelly Owsley in 1999, Marvin and Alma Dove in 2000, and Bryan Smith in 2001.

Years ago, she and her husband, Harold, were instrumental in founding local 4-H clubs. In the 1950s and 1960s, she served as county representative for the club and still is active in the Linwood Luminaries. Mr. Turner died March 31, 1995.

"Since my husband passed away, I found I've had more time," said Turner, who lives northwest of Linwood. "I do have more time, and I guess I'm trying to put it to good use."

Turner, who attends the Elm Grove Baptist Church, also has worked at the election polls for more than 35 years. Her latest volunteer work is with kindergarten and third grade classes at Linwood Elementary School, where she can be found every Wednesday.

Turner was raised in the Williamstown area, completed elementary school there and then moved to Lawrence with her mother. In 1948 she married Harold Turner, a resident of rural Linwood and started life as a young bride in Lawrence. In 1955 the couple returned to reside on a farm in the Linwood community and she has remained a member of the community.

She is the mother of four children, Leona Moeder, Topeka, Neva Herd, Lawrence, Harold Dean Turner, rural Linwood, and Glenda McCleary, rural Linwood;10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Initially, Turner was reluctant to accept the community service award, named for Ovid Snider, a lifelong Linwood resident who died in 1994. Snider believed in community volunteerism.

"I think there are others in the community who were more deserving of it," she said. "My friends say no. So I'll go along with them."

And while she's being recognized for her work in the community, there's no indication the 74-year-old is entertaining the idea of slowing down.

"I affectionately tell everyone I'm going to live to be 100, and I'm sure some hope I don't make it," she said, her eyes twinkling. "But I'm going to fool them."

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