Gloria S. Turnquist, 74, postal worker,

February 13, 2002

Gloria S. Turnquist, 74, postal worker, teacher

Gloria S. Turnquist, a former postal worker and teacher, died Feb. 6 of complications from a stroke at Maryland General Hospital. She was 74.

A Cherry Hill resident, Mrs. Turnquist had worked as a mail sorter in the old main post office on Calvert Street from 1964 to 1970. Earlier, she had worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Born Gloria Smith in Muscogee County, Ga., she was raised in Columbus, Ga., where she graduated from high school. From 1954 to 1964, she was a teacher at the Georgia State Reformatory School in Columbus.

She was married in the 1940s to Dr. George Kebe, who died in an automobile accident. In 1950, she married Woodrow Turnquist, from whom she was separated at the time of her death.

After moving to Baltimore and settling in Cherry Hill, Mrs. Turnquist became active in her neighborhood association and helped establish a Junior ROTC program in Baltimore's public schools, family members said.

She also worked for H&R Block.

Mrs. Turnquist was a member of St. Veronica Roman Catholic Church in Cherry Hill.

A memorial gathering was held yesterday.

Mrs. Turnquist is survived by six sons, George Kebe of Columbus, Ga., Mahonney Kebe of Jacksonville, N.C., and Woodrow X. Turnquist, Richard M. Turnquist, Harry E. Turnquist and Glover S. Kebe, all of Baltimore; four daughters, Kathy Lane of East Point, Ga., and Zari-Ellen Turnquist, Lura C. Turnquist and Wauseca Turnquist, all of Baltimore; a sister, Mildred Parker of Columbus; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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