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Leona Fairbourn Turley

10/07/1926 - 07/23/2021
Service Date: 07/30/2021
Service Time: 1 PM
Service Location: Snowflake Cemetery, 390 South 4th West, Snowflake, AZ 85937
Visitation Date: 07/29/2021
Visitation Time: 5-7
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
Interment: Snowflake Cemetery

Leona Fairbourn Turley passed away July 23, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. Leona was born October 7, 1926 in Crescent, Utah, the second of eight children born to Alma and Ora Whitmore Fairbourn. She graduated from Jordan High School in 1944. Being awarded a nation 4-H scholarship, she attended Utah State Agricultural College. While there she met and married her husband, Jay Turley, December 20, 1946. She later attended Brigham Young University where she graduated Cum Laude with an elementary teaching certificate. With her husband she helped develop a student tutoring program which was introduced in Texas and many eastern states. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as an MIA President, teacher in many organizations and as a Relief Society President in 4 different wards and 2 different stakes. She served as a temple worker for 30 years in the Mesa Arizona Temple. She is survived by a son, Brent Jay Turley and a daughter, Gayle Harris, 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Cindy Turley, preceded her in death. The viewing will be Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 5-7 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona. Graveside services will be held Friday, July 30, 2021 at 1 PM at the Snowflake Cemetery, Snowflake, Arizona.


  • We loved Sis Turley! She played a huge part at a very crucial time in Ammon and Austins life and we will forever be grateful for her service and friendship. Though we are sad she is gone, we are happy she is back with her Heavenly Father and husband!

  • Dan & Ethel Caldwell

    What a sweet Sister, dear friend and wonderful example of Christ-like service. Leona will alway have a place in our hearts.

  • Jim and Mary Ann Harris

    We love Sister Turley with all our hearts She was the best ministering angel in the world. We will surely miss her but know her work was completed here and she has moved on to better things.

  • Leona was always welcoming and helpful to me whenever I went to see her. We connected spiritually and she always had a willing heart to help me with information. She helped me with my petitions to try to help our Mesa community. She helped me find a house cleaner. She visited Brittany’s and my primary class to tell us about her recovery from her first fall and how the Lord will always be there when we ask for help. She was a living example of her strong testimony. I will always love and miss Lee.

  • Lee was such an amazing example of love, faith, friendship, and discipleship. She was always willing to serve the Lord and she was a ministering angel to many lonely and downtrodden people. She always had a smile, a hug and a word of cheer for all who knew her. Thank you for sharing your light and love with me Lee! I will always have a place in my heart for you. Can’t wait to meet you again in heaven 💕

  • Wade and Twana Fairbourn Family

    Aunt Lee was the nicest and most honorable person we ever knew. We really enjoyed many dinners and visits with her and Uncle Jay. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gail, Brent and their family during this difficult time.

  • Chrissy Poovey

    Forever in our hearts ❤️

  • I married into Le’s mother’s family. My husband was her first cousin. I moved to Mesa after he passed away and got to know Le for a short while. What a wonderful woman. I am grateful to have gotten to know her.

  • Lee is my dearest friend! She is so compassionate and so understanding! She checked on so many people everyday because of her concern for them! She wanted me to call her so she would know that I was okay! I will miss her! I know that the trials with her health she has had, this is a blessing for her! She is with her wonderful husband and daughter. I Love you Lee! May the Lord bless the Turley family at this time!

  • I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to serve with Sister Turley in the Temple. She always had the most beautiful smile!! She was such an amazing lady!

  • Dear Leona,
    How blessed my life has been because you are in it…such a wonderful example of light,, love & ministering. Every time I think of you, I see an angel, lifting the spirits of those around you, those who are sad, whose hands hang down & those who have cause to mourn. My life has been changed because of your smiles & example. I love you, dear Leona, & can hardly wait for our next hug, Jamar Gill

  • Thank you dear ” mom” Leona Turley! You and ” dad” Jay Turley took me in to your home as a “fosterchild” for almost a year when I was 14 years old and you taught me and guided my direction
    both spiritually and earthly and in social graces, nourished me with love and compassion . You made an impact on me for the rest of my life. My deepest condolences to your daughter Gayle Harris and to your son Brent Turley.

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