Marsha Lynn Wilson Turriff, 48, of Ellicott City, Md., and formerly of Bloomfield, passed away at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, 2006 at her home, surrounded by her family, after a lingering illness.
Born April 20, 1957 at Freeman-Greene County Hospital in Linton, she was the daughter of Walter L. and Lula Mae Wilson of Bloomfield.
She was a 1975 graduate of Bloomfield High School and attended Ivy Tech State College in Terre Haute. Following her graduation in 1977 with a degree in Business, Banking and Finance, she found employment with Bloomfield State Bank. She then worked at Crane Naval Base. It was there she met Barbara Turriff, a coworker and mother of her future husband, Art. Barbara introduced Art, a Naval Officer, to Marsha. After their marriage, they moved to Maryland. She had been employed by Coldwell Banker as a realtor assistant there until her illness forced her to stop working. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Bloomfield and attended Bethany Methodist Church in Ellicott City.
She was determined to assist in any way in stopping cancer. After learning of her illness and receiving treatment, in 2004, she and her daughter Sarah trained for the Avon Breast Cancer 26-mile walk in Washington D.C., raising over $10,000. In the year 2005, unable to take part, her daughters, Sarah and Amy, walked in her honor. She was waiting proudly at the finish line and donated another $10,000 for the cure.
Survivors include: her husband of 26 years Art Turriff; and two daughters, Sarah and Amy, all of Ellicott City, Md.; her parents Walter and Lula Mae Wilson of Bloomfield; her father-in-law David Turriff, three brothers, Mike Wilson and his wife Pat, Mark Wilson of Bloomfield, and Charles and his wife Peg of De Moines, Iowa; four nieces, Beth and Leslie Wilson of Bloomfield, Adrienne McCracken and her husband Jeff of Washington, and Christian Wilson of Rockville, Md.; aunts, Reba Street of Bloomfield, Cornelia Street of Bloomington, Pat Yoho and her husband Lavon of Solsberry; several cousins; and a very dear friend Cindy Hamilton of Bloomfield.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Alva and Hermine Wilson and Homer and Nettie Street, her mother-in-law Barbara Turriff, five uncles, and three aunts.
Funeral service will be at Bethany Methodist Church, Ellicott City, on Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Ellicott City.
Friends may call at the Slack Funeral Home, 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Md., on Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m.
As a special request of the deceased, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas, 75265.