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Marjorie Virginia Purdie Turner

Marjorie Virginia Purdie Turner

A Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Friend to Many...

On Saturday December 25, 2021, before sunrise, God called another one of his children home, Marjorie P. Turner born November 16, 1934, in the city of Ivor, Southampton County, Virginia. The expanse of this grand lady’s life is enveloped by, infused, steeped, immersed and permeated with Love.

Love of God
Marjorie was baptized at an early age after accepting Jesus as her Savior. She was a member of New Branch Baptist Church in Ivor Virginia. Upon coming to Houston, she joined and faithfully served the Lord at the McGee Chapel Missionary Baptist Church for 36 years. She was a faithful and productive member of the Women’s Guild, the Pastor’s Aid, and the Day Star Seniors.

Love of Family
Marjorie was the beloved daughter of the late Nannie Purdie Harris and Rochester Harris(stepfather), Wade Parham Sr.(father). She is preceded in death by two brothers, Wade Parham Jr. and Jerry Parham and a daughter, Monica Lucia Brown. In her role as a superb loving matriarch she leaves to cherish her memories, two sons, Arnold E. Brown and Allen L. Holoman (Brenda) and two daughters, Marvar Bowman(Stanford) and Zina Broussard(Rick), 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Additional loved ones to cherish her memories include her former husband William Holoman, Jr., sister-in-law Betty Parham and a host of cousins.

Love of Extended Family and Others
She embraced others with love. She had a sincere heart to make others feel very special and loved. Strangers became friends and friends became family. She was a haven and a harbor for parents needing a stable safe environment to provide care for their precious babies. There are countless families that were blessed by a nurturing, loving caregiver to children all over southwest Houston. She also leaves to cherish her memories, a godson, Johnny Steen, daughter-in-love, Betty Smith (Dennis), 10 grandchildren in Christ, a host of “Baby Dolls” and friends.

Love of Cooking
Anyone who knew her knew she enjoyed expressing her love by sharing her great food. From the countless homemade yeast rolls to seafood Sunday to the best Sweet Potato and Coconut pies and the most exquisite pineapple upside down cake on this side of glory. Her food was so good that there are many who will testify to it’s healing properties. She blessed families all over Houston by preparing and donating numerous pies to the Families Helping Families foundation. She prepared full meals to feed Church members and friends sustaining them in a time of need.

Love of Fashion and Style
Marjorie was a Queen who was never without the proper crown to accent every outfit she deemed worthy of royalty. She has traded her beautiful hats for a crown of righteousness.

Love of Adventure
At an early age she began a life of adventure. Leaving home at 18 to travel to California to make a life where she knew no one and had no family. She fulfilled her lifelong desire to travel, by going to faraway places like Alaska, and Hawaii and a myriad of places and sites around the continental United States. As well, she enjoyed countless cruises in the Caribbean. The pinnacle of her travel excursions was an exhilarating trip to Israel and a tour of the Holy land, from floating in the dead sea to the spiritual experience of a baptism in the Jordan River. The zenith of her wanderlust is her trip to glory.

Blessed is she who believes
Luke 1:45

Service Information

Saturday, January 8, 2022
Viewing: 1:00 PM
Celebration of Life Services: 2 PM
McGee Chapel Missionary
Baptist Church
2025 Highway 6 S
Houston, Texas 77077
Reverend Walter K. Berry, Sr., Pastor
Officiating & Eulogist

McGee Chapel Cemetery

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