She was born on Oct. 17, 1925, in Dewittville, N.Y., to the late Ernest and Helen Smith.
She has been a resident of Decatur for 15 years. She graduated summa cum laude from God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a bachelor’s of theology degree. She loved spending time cooking and performing needle arts— especially crocheting. However, above all of these, she loved and cherished her family as a loving spouse, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Brian Lynn Turpin; one brother, David Smith; and one sister, Alice Francis.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving husband of 65 years, WWII Navy veteran Gene Turpin; two daughters: Cheryl Cogdill (Larry) and Elizabeth James (Stacy); five sons: Randall Turpin, Steven Turpin (Ruby), Roland Turpin (Collette), Leigh Turpin (Debi) and Larry Turpin (Patty); five brothers; five sisters; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and several extended family members and friends.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Union Grove Baptist Church in Decatur. A funeral will be held at the church at 1 p.m.
Interment will follow the service at Mountain view Memorial Cemetery in Decatur.
You are invited to share a personal memory of Kathleen on your condolences with her family at her online guest book located at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Turpin family with these arrangements.