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Fay C. Turner


Fay C. Turner a resident of Williams, CA for 67 years, passed away in Colusa, CA on April 9, at the age of 85. She was born to Leonard and Mildred Shippen in Colusa on September 12, 1935. Fay graduated from Marysville High School and shortly after married Jess D. Turner in 1953, making their home in Williams.

Fay’s early work years included time at the Williams Highway Patrol Office and later at the Williams Bank of America. She co-founded with Jess a family business, the Salt Creek Pheasant Club, which operated for 58 years. In 1966 Fay went to work for the Williams Post Office and in 1972 took over as Postmaster. She held that position for 34 years until her retirement.

Fay was an avid sportsperson, enjoying hunting and fishing with Jess. She was a diehard San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan. Despite working full-time and operating a family business, she always found time to support her children and later her grandchildren in all their activities.

Fay was extremely active in Williams community activities. She was a charter member of the Williams Civic Association and the Williams Rotary Club. She was a long- time member of the Williams VFW Ladies Auxiliary participating each year in the Annual Memorial Day Service. For many years she took it upon herself to make sure that an American Flag was placed on the grave of each American service member buried at the Williams Cemetery. She was a member of the Williams Cemetery District until the time of her death.
Fay was a charter member of the Colusa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and after retiring from the team, she joined the Colusa County Sheriff’s Volunteers where she remained active until recent years when her health forced retirement.

In 1997 Fay was named Williams First Lady by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

In 2011 She was honored as Grand Marshall of the Williams Pioneer Day Parade.
She is survived by a son, Doug Turner (Patti) of Williams, Daughters Sheryl Turner of Williams and Tami Coder (Mike) of Lake County, her beloved grandchildren; Cameron Turner, Dustin Coder, Jessie Coder and Rylee Coder. She is also survived by her sisters Susie Trundy and Peggy McCarty and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded by her husband of 61 years Jess Turner, her parents, and a sister Diane Reddin.

Services are scheduled for Tuesday April 27 at 2:00 PM at the Williams Community Church, followed by a graveside service at the Williams Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the Williams Volunteer Firefighters Association, the Williams Cemetery Fence Fund, or the Friends of the Colusa County Animal Shelter. ■

04/22/2021 • WPR #2021-0499

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