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HARVARD — Elizabeth Turner died in her sleep at her home in Harvard June 26, 2006. She was more than 101 years old. Born in Dover, N.H., she attended Bates College for two years and was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire in 1927. Following her graduation with a bachelor’s degree, she taught at the Bromfield School in Harvard, which at that time was a private school serving as the high school in Harvard. She taught for two years before her marriage to Stanley Turner of Harvard. She left teaching to raise a family.

She began teaching again at the request of the Harvard School Committee, which was experiencing a severe teacher shortage in 1941 at the start of WWII. The School Committee asked that she teach “for only a few months.” Twenty-four years and two sons later, she was still teaching English, history and civics, still at the Bromfield School, which was now public.

She was one of the trustees under the will of Margaret Bromfield Blanchard, founder of the Bromfield School. After Bromfield School became public, the trustees applied the remaining funds of the original bequest to student scholarships. She was responsible for augmenting those funds by establishing the Stanley and Elizabeth Turner Scholarship Fund. She retired with her husband in 1965.

During retirement in Sarasota, Florida, she learned watercolor painting to satisfy a lifelong urge. She had wanted to study art in college but was strongly dissuaded by her father, who wanted her to have an education that would earn her a living wage. Many of her watercolors decorate Harvard homes, having been donated to the Unitarian Church and sold at auction.

During her 80s and 90s she conducted a watercolor painting class in her home during summers.

She is survived by two sons and their wives, Robert and Ann of Rockville, Md., and Arthur and Sally of Carlisle, Mass; a granddaughter, Abigail of Tampa, Fla., and two grandsons, Andrew of Seattle and Bruce of Round Rock, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at Harvard Unitarian Church, Harvard Common, July 9, 2006, at 1 p.m.

The Badger Funeral Home, Ayer, is handling arrangements for the family.

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