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Norma (Turkington) Ryan


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Norma Ryan  
Norma (Turkington) Ryan, 70, died Nov. 7, 2002, at her home in Lake Forest, Calif.

Mrs. Ryan was born Oct. 23, 1932 in New York City. She moved to San Francisco with her parents at age 3. She married Milton Turkington in 1951 and moved to Homer in 1959 with her husband and children.

While in Homer, Mrs. Ryan was involved with the Homer Chamber of Commerce, voted Homer Citizen of the Year in 1974 and was instrumental in the design and construction of South Peninsula Hospital. Mrs. Ryan enjoyed sewing and craftwork and gardening. She enjoyed ice races in Homer and was a consistent driver in the women's "Powder Puff" race. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and clam-digging with family and friends.

She married Charles "Chuck" Ryan in 1981 and moved from Alaska in 1987. Her activities in California involved square dancing and gardening as well as attending clown activities where her husband performed.

Mrs. Ryan is survived by her husband Charles Ryan of California; her sons Milton Turkington III of Homer and Robert "Bob" Turkington of Anchorage; her daughters Cheryl Domingo and Karen Iarossi, both of Anchorage; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her parents and one grandchild preceded her in death.

A private family memorial will be held in Eugene, Ore. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements were made by O'Conner's Laguna Hills Mortuary, Laguna Woods, Calif.