Elvira Bernadette Turner

Elvira “Vida” Bernadette Turner nee Soto, 80, of Mora, passed away Monday, August 22, 2011 at the First Light Health Center in Mora, Minn.  

Elvira was born June 11, 1931 in Chaska, Minn. to parents Frank and Evelyn (Contreras) Soto.  One of 13 children, she grew up in South East Saint Paul and attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy.

On Feb. 5, 1951, Elvira was united in marriage to Marvin Francis Turner in St. Paul, Minn. The couple remained in St. Paul and started their family until 1955 when they moved to Circle Pines. Vida kept busy raising her seven children. In 1970 the family moved to a hobby farm in Ogilvie. Vida enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens and her large rock garden. She loved to take care of her many animals: chickens, geese, cows, horses, cats, and dogs. In the early 1990s Vida and Marvin moved to a home in Brook Park where they remained for about ten years before moving to their home in Mora where Vida continued to live until her death.

Vida had many hobbies including playing the accordion for her family; crocheting and knitting, and sewing clothes for her children.  She loved cooking and baking cookies, reading, doing puzzles and crosswords. Vida had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make silly jokes to make her friends and family laugh. The highlights of her life were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Elvira is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin, a granddaughter Teri, and eight brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children Stephen Turner of Coon Rapids, Kitty (Greg) Comer of Andover, Lois (James) Powers of Stacy, Lana (Gary) Peterson of Mora, Brenda (Geno) Howard of Braham, Donald (Resa) Turner of Mora, and Timothy (Jen) Turner of New York; Grandchildren Jamie, Jody, Heather, James, Brice, Angela, Bryan, Danny, Ryan, Amber, Toni, Dara, Delaine, Donny, Dylon, Cori, Therese, Ashtin,Tucker and Brody; great grandchildren Kally, Nicole, James, Liam, Amy, Alex, Lance, Brayden, Jaelyn, Landen, Korissa; Siblings Frank Soto, Evelyn Fick, Beatrice (Jake) Reichert, and Rosalie. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home with Rita Clasemann officiating. Inurnment will be at 1:05 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.