Patricia J. “Pat” Turnbull, 85 years, of Hicksville, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville, with her family by her side. Pat was born September 1, 1929 in Garrett, Indiana, the daughter of the late Harry and Florence (Sampson) Van Lear. She attended Garrett High School, where she was a cheerleader for the Railroaders. She graduated in 1947. Pat married Lloyd V. Turnbull on April 18, 1948, in Garrett, and he preceded her in death on February 28, 2004. She was a 31 year employee of Community Memorial Hospital where she worked in the billing office. After her retirement from the hospital, Pat was hired as the Site Manager for Hicksville Senior Center where she served for 17 years, retiring again in 2013. A devoted wife and mother, Pat was an important helpmate for Lloyd in his ministry at West Milford Church of Christ, typing the weekly bulletin, teaching Sunday School, helping with Vacation Bible School and participating in the Ladies Aide Group. After Lloyd retired from the ministry, Pat became a member of the Hicksville First Church of Christ. She was a member of the All Together Club, Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Pat never miss an athletic, musical, or drama performance that her children were involved in. Pat along with her husband were named as Honorary Chairman of the Hicksville Schools Building Campaign. Her greatest joys in life were spending time with her children, grandchildren, and friends. In her later years, she enjoyed sitting on her porch, watching birds and traffic that would pass by her home.
Surviving are her five children, James (Brenda) Turnbull of Hicksville, Roxanne (Michael) Headley of Hicksville, Dan Turnbull of Hicksville, Tom (Lisa) Turnbull of Bryan, and Tim (Lauri) Turnbull of Hicksville; twelve grandchildren, Jim (Tami) Turnbull, Jay (Gini) Turnbull, Mike (Shawn) Headley, Jared Headley, Danielle (Anthony) Smith, Brianna (Brad) Oury, Hailey Turnbull, Christen Turnbull, Josh (Alexis) Turnbull, Caleb (Emily) Turnbull, Tyler (Melissa) Turnbull, and Stuart (Laura) Turnbull; nine great-grandchildren, Michaela, Nate, Landon, Garrett, Lucas, Sasha, Gwyn, Jack, and Braxton; special friend, Emma Conley; loving caretaker, Joan Eager. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, brother, Robert Van Lear and sister, Marcella Zerns Clabaugh.
Visitation for Patricia J. Turnbull will be held on Sunday, May 10, 2015, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Smith-Brown Funeral Home, 706 North Main Street, Hicksville, where funeral services will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Lee Bracey officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, Bryan.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be directed to Woodburn Christian Children’s Home, 24902 Notestine Road, Woodburn, Indiana 46797, or to Lake James Christian Assembly, 1870 West 275 North Angola, Indiana 46703.