Sandra Lee Peck Turner, age 79, of York, NE passed away Sunday, July 23rd, 2023, in Queen Creek, AZ. She was born May 15, 1944, to Cameron ‘Jack’ Peck and Beverley Squires in Idaho Falls, ID.
On August 29, 1964, she was sealed to her groom, Kenneth Marven Turner in Idaho Falls, ID in the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was married for 56 years. Sandy grew up in Pocatello, ID with her parents and sister, Patsy Riggs, and later in life gained a wonderful stepfather, Melvin Wayne Davis, and half-sister, Christine (Peck) Martinz.
Early in her marriage, she and Ken moved from Idaho to Mesa, AZ where they raised five children on Williams Street in the Mesa 19th Ward. While raising her family, Sandy worked for the Mesa Tribune delivering newspapers. She would show up at 3AM dressed to the 9’s to pick up her bundles of newspapers to deliver. After some time showing up like this, she was approached by a worker and asked if she happened to be part of upper management. When they found out she wasn’t, she was offered a job as a district manager where she worked for many years. She also ran a cleaning and restoration business for many years in the Mesa area.
Sandy loved the spring, and she loved planting flowers. Her front walk was always adorned with beautiful flowers and plants. She also loved to decorate, and she had a keen eye in how to make a room and home feel welcome. It was important to her that her house felt like a home to her family and others who entered.
She also enjoyed serving others and held many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – mostly helping with the youth whom she loved. Sandy was a light wherever she went. She always wore a smile and if you knew Sandy, you had to love her. She never made enemies and she would do absolutely anything for people that surrounded her. “You mattered” and she made sure you knew it.
Sandy was a devoted wife and Mother. She loved her kids and always put them first. She would often say, “I will go to hell and back for each and every one of you” and she meant it. She loved being a grandmother and great-grandmother. She affectionately knew each one and took great pride in being called their “Nannie.” She thrived on her family, her church work, and her love for God. She had many friends and was a social butterfly that always tried to make someone’s day. She had an amazing and infectious laugh you couldn’t miss when around her and it will be dearly missed.
Sandy also had a love for family history, of which she participated throughout her life, often taking trips to find out who and where she came from, and where she might find her ancestors. She would often travel to see where they grew up and learn everything, she could about them. Her love for family history is what brought her to the Midwest, and to York, Nebraska. Loving the country and the small-town feel, it became her new home and where she lived almost up to the time of her death. She spent the last months of her life living and being cared for by her eldest son, David and her daughter in law Becky in Queen Creek, AZ. She was a gift and blessing to have in our lives.
Her legacy will live on in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Sandy is survived by her children, David (Becky) Turner of Queen Creek, AZ, Robert (Tami) Turner of Stromsburg, NE, Kellye (Silas) Dungy and James (Julie) Turner, both of York, NE, 23 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, husband, and her youngest daughter Stacie.
Two services will be held for Sandy: First, Friday, July 28th, 2023, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 20415 E. Chandler Height Blvd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Viewing is at 5:00PM and funeral services at 6:00PM. Second, Saturday August 5th at Metz Mortuary in York, NE – 109 S. Lincoln, York, NE 68467 – viewing at 9:00AM and Funeral Services at 10:00AM. Sandy will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery in York, NE.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity. We’d like to thank the Hospice of the Valley for their caring and loving service.