Barbara Thompson Turley Obituary

Barbara Cary Thompson Turley
Barbara Cary Thompson Turley

November 17, 1920 - August 26, 2008
Born in Chicago
Resided in Wheaton, IL


A long-time resident of Wheaton and the surrounding area, she was active in Garden Club, The Deicke Center for Visual Rehabilitation, Panhellenic Council and PEO. As a member of the B.R. Ryall YMCA Master Swim Team, she and her husband Everett broke records for their age group and won lots of ribbons. She placed second nationally in the Masters breast stroke competition. Over the years, she served in a variety of capacities at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton who honored her for her contribution and efforts in "the Friendly Visiting program". She also served as a Stephens Minister and as an Elder.

Born in Chicago on November 17, 1920, she was educated in the U.S. and Switzerland. She attended the University of Chicago before transferring to Lawrence University in Appleton, WI to complete her studies. At Lawrence, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, and met her future husband. During World War II, she worked for Standard Oil Company in Berkeley, CA, and Eastman Kodak Company in New York as a research chemist. She married the love of her life, Everett Wade Turley, Jr., at her family home in Sheboygan, WI on August 7, 1945. She later worked for the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, WI as a research assistant when her husband was transferred to the area.

The grand-daughter of Dr. Frank Cary and Dr. Harriet Hyel Cary of Chicago, she is pre-deceased by her parents Robert Haviland Thompson and Clara Cary Thompson O'Connell, husband Everett Wade Turley, Jr, and daughter Margaret (Peg) Haviland Turley Bortone.

She is survived by her brother Peter Cary Thompson and his family, daughter Ann Turley Dreith and her family, son-in-law Mathew Bortone, Jr. and granddaughters Jessica, Melissa, and Alexandra, and her cousin Harriet Cary Bote.

Family and friends to gather Thursday, Sept. 18th for 2PM memorial service at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton 715 N. Carlton, Wheaton, Illinois 60187. Those attending her memorial service are invited to honor her by wearing their favorite shade of blue.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, that gifts/memorials in remembrance of her be donated to First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, the DuPage Convalescent Center Foundation, or the church or charity of their choice.

There will be a private burial service at the family cemetery in Greenbush, WI.
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Memorial Service
First Presbyterian Church
715 N. Carlton Ave
Wheaton, IL US 60187
Thursday, September 18, 2008
2:00 PM
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