Justine Turner of Springfield, VA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in York County, VA.
She was born to Stepney and Thelma Johnson on November 30, 1943 in Tillery, NC. Her mother died when she was a young child. Her grandmother, Millie Bullock, and other close family members helped her father to nurture and provide her necessities and small luxuries.
Justine was a retired Alexandria City Public School System employee, who spent her time in service to Jehovah and ministering to others, with family and friends, and creating masterpieces through her coloring therapy. She enjoyed music, dancing, gardening, sewing and crafting. As the family historian, she often received requests to recall people and events even back to her childhood. She was quick-witted and always ready with a story or to provide the benefit of her life experiences. She was generous and always willing to assist anyone; willing to share whatever she had with others.
After her education in the Halifax County Public School System, as a young woman, she relocated to Washington, DC where she wed Dennis L. Turner, who preceded her in death. The couple moved to Alexandria, VA where they raised four children. Justine was a home Childcare Provider to many children. She also worked in the Washington, DC and Alexandria City Public School Systems.
In the mid 1970’s, Justine was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She enjoyed being amongst her brothers and sisters in faith, fellowshipping and teaching the word of Jehovah to others from door to door. She developed life-long relationships with many of her brothers and sisters that have stretched many decades. Despite the health challenges she had during the last decade of her life, her faith in Jehovah and her hope for a better life in the resurrection sustained her and helped her to maintain her resolve for her beliefs in her final days.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Olivia Barrett and son, Dennis D. Turner.
She leaves to cherish her memory:
Her three daughters, Sheila Turner-Brown (Andre) of Alexandria, VA, Gwendolyn Turner of Springfield, VA and Connie Reaves of Battleboro, NC; her three sisters, Maxine Scott of Washington, DC, Hattie Mae Johnson of Irvington, NJ, and Christine Love of Washington, DC; her cousin (like a sister), Viola Freeman Simmons of Richmond, VA; five grandchildren (Michelle, Shantel, Aronica, Misharon and Jadakus), eight great-grandchildren (Tarik, Najee, Kiara, Arianna, Maurice, Jasmine, Kaylah, and Jaelen) two great-great grandchildren (Khiya and Nayely), and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.