Emma Mackenzie Turner


Ms. Emma Mackenzie Turner passed away peacefully at home in Parksley on Nov. 6, 2020, after a brave battle with cancer.

Emma was born Nov. 3, 2004, in Salisbury, Md., to Michael Richard Turner Jr. and Nikki Lynn Saady Turner. She is survived by her dad, Michael; her brother, David (Kayla); her niece, Ally; her grandma, Eileen Schlief (Eric); her grandparents, Lucy Turner (Michael Sr.); her grandparents, William “Hank” Thornes (Faye); her great-grandfather, Richard C. Turner;  and her aunts and uncles, Shawn Turner, Kevin Thornes (Deb), Allison Riddleberger (Chris), Dietrich Schlief, and Jes Granroth (Eric), and many more aunts, uncles, cousins, and a whole lot of friends.

She was preceded in death by her mom, Nikki, in 2017; her aunt, Kara Beth Saady; her grandpa, David Vincent Saady; her great-grandma, Bonnie Louise Turner; her great-grandparents, Frances “Gi-gi” Lorraine and Jewel “Pop” Quince Greene.

Emma loved to crochet, read, go crabbing, play Minecraft with Ally, travel, swim, watch Fuller House on TV, and cook. Nikki and Emma took many trips to Hershey, Pa., with family and friends.  She was always included in the “cousins luncheon.” She loved to ride the golf cart at her grandma’s house. She loved to go camping with friends and family at Tall Pines and Cherrystone. Her favorite food to cook was blueberry dumplings. She loved going to get cake batter ice cream from Island Creamery on Chincoteague Island. She enjoyed listening to music and her favorite group was One Republic. She loved being around animals, especially her dog Rosie. Emma never flew on a plane until she was 13 years old, then she flew 22 times in five months, traveling to Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Grand Rapids. Emma always loved to be silly,  she took about 100 pictures before leaving the ground on her first flight. She got to experience a temperature of -7 degrees in Chicago. Emma got to see The Blue Man Group in Chicago, The Lion King in Kalamazoo, the March Madness Basketball tournament in Detroit, Nascar at MIS in Brooklyn, an Orioles game, a Tides game, Escapology in Kalamazoo, STOMP in Detroit, the All Star Game for the Northwoods League in Kalamazoo, and of course Virginia Tech football games in Blacksburg. She would even spoil her own nurses with treats at CHKD in Norfolk, and Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. When you think of Emma, remember her kindness, her smile, and her never ending courage. Life is fragile and should be lived to the fullest.

A funeral service will be conducted Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at 2 p.m., from the graveside of Liberty Cemetery in Parksley with Pastor Mary Jiminez officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley.

Interment will follow in the Liberty Cemetery in Parksley. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Thomas United Methodist Church in Clam, Camp Occohannock on the Bay, the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association at www.LFSassociation.org, or Children’s Hospital of The Kings Daughters in Norfolk.

Arrangements are by the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley.
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