Brenda Diann Troy Turner a longtime Hyde Park resident, entered into eternal rest on Friday, November 18, 2016 in North Charleston, S.C. after a long battle with lupus and stroke complications.
She was born and raised in Chicago and was the daughter of Ann Gross and the late Arthur S. Barnes. Troy Turner was a Chicago Public Schools student and attended Fisk University in Nashville,Tenn., and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She received a degree in Psychology. Most of her life was spent in Chicago and Toledo, Ohio.
Troy Turner moved to Toledo in the 60’s and married the late J. Frank Troy. In Toledo, she served as Head Start Social Worker for the Toledo Public Schools and was very active with civic and community organizations. After the passing of J. Frank Troy, Troy Turner returned to Chicago and began a 30-year career with Mercy Midlake Medical Group. Later in the 80’s, she and Theodore Turner were united in marriage and resided in Hyde Park. He preceded her in death in 2005.
She lived in the 5400 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard in the Watergate East Condos.
Troy Turner was a member of Fisk Alumni Chicago Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Board of Directors at Watergate East Condominiums and has served as a member of The Lupus Guild and Junior League. She enjoyed the arts, cultural, music and culinary events and activities and was an avid bridge player for over 40 years. While she faced health challenges in her battle with Lupus over the years, she did not allow it to define her. She did not hesitate to reach out and spend time with others affected by the disease.
In September 2015, Troy Turner joined her daughter and son-in-law (Adrienne and Herb Frazier) in North Charleston, S. C. enjoying the beautiful weather and culinary delights of the low country. She remained in touch with her friends and made it a must to call regularly.
Troy Turner was steadfast in her faith and never wavered. A long time parishioner of Trinity Episcopal Church in Chicago, she was very dedicated and involved. In South Carolina, she attended St. George’s Episcopal Church in Summerville, S.C.
She is survived by loving daughter, Adrienne Troy Frazier (Herb); mother, Ann Gross; grandsons, Asim Hamilton and Seth Hamilton; great-grandson, Nathaniel Hamilton; brother, William Gordon (Sally); sister, Jacqueline Glover; fond cousin, James Williams (Rendy Jones), and a host of nieces, nephews and many adoring friends. Her adoptive parents, Adam and Maggie Jones preceded her in death.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 12 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. 26th St., in Chicago. Family Visitation and Celebration Repast will follow Memorial Services immediately at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lupus Foundation of America (note on contribution – in honor of Brenda Turner), 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 410, Wash., D.C., 20036.