Laconia, NH — B. Helen Turner, 94, of 21 Ledges Drive, Taylor Community in Laconia, N.H., died at her home with her family by her side on Monday, July 22. Mrs. Turner was the widow of Donald H. Turner, who died in 2003.
Mrs. Turner was born on April 26, 1919, in Chelsea, Mass., the daughter of Michael and Beatrice (Davis) Tucker. She resided in Salem, N.H., for many years before moving to Laconia in 2005.
Mrs. Turner had been employed as a secretary for Payne Elevator Co. for many years and was a crossing guard for the Police Department in Wakefield, Mass. After moving to Salem, she worked in the office of Canobie Lake Park and was a registrar of motor vehicles at Salem Town Hall. She was a member of the Laconia Congregational Church and a former member of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Salem, where she sang in the church choir, was a Sunday School teacher, and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Salem Association for Retarded Citizens (SARC), and a longtime volunteer at Salem Haven. At the Taylor Community, Mrs. Turner was an active volunteer, including playing the organ for church services. She loved music, playing the piano and singing with the Taylor Community Chorus.
Survivors include two sons, Paul Raino and his wife, Priscilla, of Peru, N.Y., and Steve Tryder and his wife, Elaine, of North Andover, Mass.; two daughters, Susan Smith and her husband, David, of Gilford, and Jyl Hamel and her husband, Jay, of Manchester. Mrs. Turner leaves eight grandchildren, Chris Raino of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Matthew Raino of Miami, Fla., Philip Raino of Alexandria, Va., Amy Smith of Ashland, N.H., Daniel Smith of Gilford, N.H., Lauryn Hamel of New York City, Lindzy Hamel of Manchester, N.H., and Austin Tryder of North Andover, Mass.; five great-grandchildren; and two very special friends, George Clemow and Jackie Shoemaker. In addition to her husband and her parents, Mrs. Turner was predeceased by George Raino and Ralph Tryder.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m., at the Laconia Congregational Church, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia. Burial and graveside service will follow in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem, at 2 p.m., on Friday, July 26.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Laconia Congregational Church Bob Holbrook Piano Fund, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH 03246, or the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, New Hope Building Fund, 8 Pleasant Street, Salem, NH 03079, or the Taylor Community Sunshine Fund, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.