Helen Ineal Turner, 70, Procurement Agent, passed away August 9, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Helen was born in Franklin, VA on September 10, 1946 to parents Lloyd Jenkins and Larrina Parker Jenkins.
Helen spent her childhood growing up in Franklin, Virginia with her 2 brothers and 4 sisters. She was a clever girl even as a child and was good at saving her snacks. She would wait until all the other kids had finished their treat before producing her snack. She was very good at always making her treats last the longest!
When Helen was 7 years old, she and her sister, Barbara, went to stay with their Aunt Mamie for the summer. Aunt Mamie told the girls to go play with the little boy Ruben who lived close by. Well, no sooner had Helen and Barbara entered through the gate of Ruben’s yard, that little boy picked up a Pecan stick and chased them right out of the yard! Who would have known that the little boy, Ruben would one day become her husband?
Helen attended and graduated from Hayden High School in Franklin, Virginia Class of ’65. Helen moved to Washington D.C. and worked for the Internal Revenue Service. During one of Helen’s visits back to Franklin, while attending a local basketball game, Helen and Ruben reconnected. Ruben had just finished a tour in the Army and the year was 1969. Ruben no longer wanted to chase the pretty Helen away. This time, he wasn’t going to let her get away! They dated quite seriously for about three months before Ruben knew he had to make it official and asked Helen to be his bride. To say Helen was surprised by the proposal is an understatement! She said she was surprised because she didn’t even know he liked her that much! Helen and Ruben were married in Franklin, Virginia and moved to Washington D.C. where Helen continued to work. Helen and Ruben were blessed with two children as well as help rear two daughters through Ruben. A good portion of their married life was spent in the southeastern part of Virginia raising their children. The latter part of their marriage was spent in Broken Arrow,Oklahoma where they attended seminary school together.
Helen was known for being a sweet lady who loved God. She enjoyed praying for people and helping people whenever she could. Helen like saying “prayer was more powerful than an atomic bomb!” Her smile was inspiring. She talked about faith and hope and encouraged others to do the same. When Helen lived inVirginia, she had a prison ministry with the female inmates in Sussex County. She continued ministering and encouraging female inmates through letters when she moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Helen received a ministerial license from Bishop Nathaniel Dupree after receiving a certificate for ministry at Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Helen was more of a reserved woman but, she observed everything and everyone. When she was around those who knew her best, she could be quite talkative and animated. Helen had a very good sense of humor and often described things in a very humorous manner. She was a joy to be around. She believed in the Lord and lived faithfully by his word. This was one of the many reasons why Helen was such a beautiful woman.
She will be missed by all those who loved her and whom she loved in return.
Preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Larrina Jenkins.
Survived by her loving husband Ruben Turner.
A Memorial Service has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:00 am at Rose Hill Funeral Home 4161 E. Admiral Pl Tulsa, Ok (Chapel)