Born, raised, and educated in Iredell County, Representative Turner is well-prepared to serve her freshman year representing her neighbors in newly-formed District 84. From an early age, she worked on the family dairy farm picking cotton, driving trucks, loading hay bales, and taking the 4 a.m. shift to milk cows.
Formerly a teacher in the Iredell-Statesville Schools, she taught at Oakwood Junior High (now Statesville Middle School) and at Harmony Elementary after earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a private liberal arts school in the rolling hills of North Carolina’s Piedmont. She went on to serve as the Clerk of Superior Court for Iredell County, where she gained a vast appreciation how North Carolina’s laws actually affect residents. Unlike clerks of court in other states, clerks of the Superior Court in North Carolina have numerous quasi-judicial functions — including probate, adoptions, competency proceedings, condemnation of private lands, and foreclosures. In that capacity, she was honored by her peers to serve as President of the North Carolina Clerks of Superior Court Conference.
Representative Turner received the Distinguished Rotarian Award in 2008 and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Statesville Rotary Club. She was honored with the Laity Award for her participation and leadership in Friendship United Methodist Church, where she has been choir director and organist for 40 years. Living in Olin, Representative Turner and her husband Donald have been married for 40 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Representative Turner currently serves on seven committees: Agriculture; Appropriations; Education; Government; Judiciary; State Personnel; and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety.