Virginia Lee Stump Turvey passed away peacefully in her home in Stillwater on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the age of ninety-three.
Virginia was born in Oklahoma City on September 25, 1925, to Rollie Clyde Stump and Alice Miller Stump. She attended Guthrie Public Schools and graduated from Augusta High School in Augusta, Kansas. After high school, she attended nursing school at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, where she became a registered nurse. During nurses training, she was roommates with her future sister-in-law, Jean Turvey. Jean’s brother, Thomas Douglas Turvey, would become the love of her life, and they married on December 26, 1946, while Tom was attending Oklahoma A&M on a football scholarship. Virginia and Tom raised five children: Mike, Rita, Nancy, Lee Ann, and Tom.
Virginia’s career began as an office nurse, working in various practices, until she became the nurse for Stillwater Public Schools, a position she held for most of her career. While working for Stillwater Public Schools, she led a pioneering effort to implement sex and drug education for the district and went on to serve a term as president of the School Nurse Organization of Oklahoma. Her devotion to child welfare also led her in retirement to become a founding member of the Saville Center for Child Advocacy.
Virginia was an avid and speedy reader who not only followed but could debate state and national politics with deliberation and insight. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, traveling, bird-watching, and playing bridge. But perhaps her favorite pastime was OSU sports,
particularly football. She was a regular listener to all of the sports talk radio programs and was somewhat of an expert on players and statistics. She could tell you exactly what play the coaches should have called on any given down.
Fiercely independent, Virginia lived on her own in her own home until her passing. She took particular pleasure in making fashion statements and redesigning her home decor every few years. Not ashamed to enjoy the finer things in life, she enjoyed a good glass of scotch and, while dining out, could actually be heard saying, “My compliments to the chef!” Remarkably, she maintained her feistiness and wit right up to her last moments.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of forty-eight years, Tom; her son, Mike; her daughter-in-law, Linda Weilmuenster Turvey; her brother, Ron Stump; and her son-in-law, Stephen Close. She is survived by daughter Rita Bridenstine and her husband, Mike; daughter Nancy Close; daughter Lee Ann Parrish and her husband, Dale; son Tom Turvey, Jr. and his wife, Debbie; and close friends Mark Hinson and Tyler Hall. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Saville Center for Child Advocacy at http://www.savillecenter.org/donate
or by calling 405-377-5670. Online condolences can be made at Strode Funeral Home at www.strodefh.com. Virginia’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, June 29th, 11:30 a.m. at Meditations, 1205 N. Country Club Road, Stillwater, OK.