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Obituary for Shauna Gay Whittier Turner

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Shauna Gay Whittier Turner

May 12, 1951 - October 27, 2016

Shauna Gay Whittier Turner, 65, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2016, surrounded by love. She was born on May 12, 1951, to Bruce and Fern Whittier. She grew up in Ogden, Utah, graduated from Ben Lomond High School, and attended Utah State University, where she met the love of her life, David Turner. Dave and Shauna were married in Logan, Utah, on March 27, 1971.

Later that year, they started their family. Shauna and Dave raised three very active daughters, Natalie, Audrie, and Emilie. She attended every important event in her daughters’ lives. She loved all animals and all children, and they loved her. She had a quiet, silly sense of humor, making up goofy words on a regular basis, which were quickly adopted by family and friends.

Shauna worked as a part-time secretary at Community United Methodist Church for 22 years, was an attendance secretary at Dee School for 3 years, and an administrative assistant for her brother-in-law’s business for 3 years. But what she loved most was being a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, auntie, and friend, and she did it with grace.

Shauna and Dave worked hard at their marriage, spending 45 years building an amazing life together, filled with love. Though she suffered many heartbreaks, Shauna showed unconditional love to the people closest to her and often made anonymous gestures of support to complete strangers.

Shauna will be missed always, but we are grateful that she is finally at peace after suffering for too long from early onset dementia. She was petite and fragile, but strong enough to live long past all medical predictions.

Shauna is survived by her husband, David Turner (Ogden); her daughters, Audrie Terre (Stephan) of Tucson, AZ, and Emilie Turner (Laurie) of Salt Lake City; her beautiful grandchildren, Carter Pochynok (20), Clara Pochynok (17), Trey Haight (14), and Leif Terre (9); her sisters, Sally Bailey (Chuck) of Spokane, WA; Susan McCrady (Andy) of Ogden; and Melinda Whittier of Ogden; her mother-in-law, Ruth Turner, and brother-in-law, John Turner (Lori), both of Twin Falls, ID; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Natalie Turner (Hailey, ID); her nephew, Jake Turner (Twin Falls, ID); her mother and father, Bruce and Fern Whittier (Ogden); and her father-in-law, Keith Turner (Twin Falls, ID).

Shauna’s family would like to thank the angels at Mountain Ridge Assisted Living and Comfort WoRx Hospice. You made the end of Shauna’s life more comfortable, and you treated us all with such compassion. Thank you also to Dr. Michael Woolman and his nurse, Rita, for advocating for a proper diagnosis and for getting Shauna the best care possible.

Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Shauna’s life at Leavitt’s Mortuary 836n 36th Street, Ogden, Utah, on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Visitation with the family will be from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., and the service will begin at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity. We recommend donating to Natalie’s Dresser at the Christmas Box House: 950 12th St. Ogden, UT 84404.

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Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time: 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403


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Born: May 12, 1951
Died: October 27, 2016

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Irene Keyes posted on 11/5/16

David Family & Friends. Its sad to lose someone in death. What helped me the most was prayers and faith in God’s promise at Psalm 34:18 “God is close to the broken heart: he saves those who are crushed in spirit.” For more comforting scriptures, please visit: God’s Kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for will bring about these wonderful promises. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. I you wish to contact me at:


Diane Humiston posted on 11/2/16

Shauna was my dear friend since 4th grade! We were friends through Jr. High and High School. We went on to USU together and met the loves of our life! Shauna & Dave introduced Bob and I and for that we are grateful!! We lived through wonderful, sad, tragic, and happy times together! She was an amazing friend to all not just me and showed me unconditional love even when I tested her! I love her...RIP my dear, sweet friend❤❤❤ Dine


Tori LaPee' Miller posted on 11/2/16

Dave, Audrie, Emilie and family, My heart goes out to each one of you. May God wrap his arms around each one of you in comfort. My prayers are with you all. So many wonderful memories. I love you all, Tori LaPee' Miller


Tori LaPee' Miller posted on 11/2/16

Shauna was truly one of the sweetest people I have ever known. She was the secretary at our church for years. Shauna was so loving and caring to everyone she came in contact with. She was also a great mother. I babysat for her and Dave when the girls were little. I loved going to their home. It was always filled with warmth and love. I wish you peace my friend. Give Natalie a hug for me too. I will love you always, Tori