Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 19, 2014

Mary Thomas Holroyd Turner

PRINCETON — PRINCETON — Mary Thomas Holroyd Turner of 146 Garden Oaks in Princeton died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born in Greenville, W.Va. she was the daughter of the late, Cany Thomas and Minnie Ellison Thomas.

Mary graduated from Peterstown High School, attended Concord College, and was a graduate of the Greenbrier Valley Hospital School of Nursing. She was a retired Registered Nurse and formerly served as Nursing Supervisor at Princeton Memorial Hospital for fifteen years. She was also in charge of the nursing program with the Red Cross for several years. Mary was instrumental in the development of the Princeton Health & Fitness Center and Mercer County Hospice services. She was Past President of the Southern West Virginia Nurses Association, Past President of the Nurses Organization of the Princeton Red Cross, and Past President of the Mercer County Medical Auxiliary. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Princeton. Mary and her husband (the late Dr. Frank J. Holroyd) had financially assisted over thirty five students entering the medical field.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. Frank J. Holroyd; five brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include her second husband, David W. Turner of Princeton; three stepsons, Frederick F. Holroyd II and wife, Sarah of Charleston, W.Va., Robert E. Holroyd of Princeton, and Eric David Turner of San Diego, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Diana Holroyd of Reston, Va.; one brother, Richard L. Thomas and wife, Lilly of Lindside, W.Va.; several nieces and nephews including Danny Thomas and wife, Mary Ann of Princeton; and special friends, Trena, Gary, and R.J. Linkous.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 21, 2014 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Dr. David Dockery officiating. Burial will follow at the Athens Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the service hour on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Holroyd Foundation for Medical Students, 209 W. Washington St., Charleston, WV 25302; Bluefield College School of Nursing, 3000 College Dr., Bluefield, VA 24605; or the First Baptist Church, 1116 Mercer St., Princeton, WV 24740.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com.

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Holroyd Turner family.

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