Phyllis Allington Turner was born June 13, 1932 in Holliday, Utah, to parents Walter
Henry Allington, Jr. and Arthaleen Wright Allington. She married her sweetheart, Frank
Darrow Turner, in the Salt Lake City temple on October 13, 1954. They were married
for 69 years. Her beloved husband Frank passed away four years ago. Phyllis is
mother to four children, Randy (Carolee) Turner, Barbara (Spencer) Christensen, Jane
(Keith) Huston and Bonnie (Clinton) Godfrey. Grandma to 14 grandchildren and great
grandma to 29 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by many loved ones,
and is remembered by many more who love her today.
Phyllis was one of eight children. She grew up in Holliday, playing with her siblings and
friends, including snow sledding on a coal shovel down steep Valley View Drive. Her
family owned land in Big Cottonwood canyon, and the family loved to camp there. Their
car at the time, barely had the power to make it up the canyon, and they often had to
climb out and help push their car around the famous “S” curve in the canyon. As the
years went by, she loved to bring her children and extended family to “the cabin”, as
they called the property. Her grandfather and her father built a cabin on the property
that is still there today.
They lived in humble circumstances. One time when Phyllis was going to a school
dance, her mother sewed her a new dress ... made out of cloth from flour sacks. Phyllis
said that her mother would often be the chaperone for social events, and end up getting
everyone in trouble. Phyllis loved her mother.
Phyllis was no stranger to hard work. She was employed for many years at United
Airlines and Western Foods, in their kitchens. When United moved their kitchen facility
from Salt Lake to Denver, Phyllis followed. It was a time of adventure for her. She
could do what she wanted and she enjoyed her independence.
She taught her children Randy, Barbara, Jane and Bonnie all about hard work. They all
had part time jobs from an early age, set by her example.
Phyllis didn’t play many sports herself, but when her children started to play, she
became a sports-fan-maniac! When the referees got it wrong, Phyllis was there to let
them know of their mistakes. She was an active participant.
Phyllis’ entire life was focused on serving others. She was a devoted member of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She taught Primary children classes in Church, and loved it. She served whenever and in whatever she was asked, with great
devotion, zeal and energy. She served with all her heart. She always had a strong
testimony of the Gospel and she loved to work in the Temple. She cried when that
service ended. When Phyllis and her siblings were caring for her own mother in a
nursing home, she took care of her mother’s roommates as well.
She loved having her hair done. She had it professionally done almost every week.
She had many friends from all walks of life including a special group of couples that met
once a month for over 50 years to play cards and spend time together. Phyllis loved to
She loved to travel. She and Frank had flying privileges at United Airlines, and they
used it! This included trips to Disneyland, Hawaii, Mexico, San Francisco for back-to-
school shopping, and a trip to Spain. One trip was to New Zealand to pick up Randy at
the end of his mission. Together they toured the mission along with her parents.
One year, with her children grown and out of the house, Phyllis’ husband Frank fell and
broke his pelvis. This marked the beginning of years of her being a caregiver for Frank.
She was completely devoted to his care, even when her own health was challenged.
Phyllis loved her family, the Church, and Diet Coke ... not necessarily in that order. She
also loved chocolate donuts, Ritz Crackers and cheese. She made a mean taco
casserole and it was the regular meal when children and grandchildren came over.
Each year, on the day before Christmas, she would have all the grandchildren to her
home so their parents could get Christmas ready. They made sugar cookies, watched
Christmas movies, ate pizza and played cards! On Easter, she always staged an
Easter Egg hunt. Some of the eggs had money in them. She hid them well as some of
the hidden eggs kept turning up years later.
When we think of her, we think of “love and acceptance”. She was loved by so many.
Her special spirit had a positive influence in countless lives. She was a beautiful
example to others of Christ-like love.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd from 6-8 p.m. and October 4th from 10-
11 a.m. at the LDS chapel located at 9750 South 2200 West, South Jordan, Utah. The
funeral will be held at the same location on Wednesday October 4th at 11 a.m.
South Jordan 3rd Ward is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Phyllis Turner Funeral
Time: Oct 4, 2023 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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