Arlene Turrie

OMAHA, Neb. – Arlene Hope Turrie died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Alegent Creighton Hospital in Omaha. Her daughters were by her side at the time of her passing.

Arlene was born on June 10, 1938, to Dick and Eda Hansen at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee. The family moved to the north side of Iron Mountain and then on to Quinnesec, where Arlene spent most of her elementary school years. She was a member of the Girls Athletic Association, was active in the Quinnesec Methodist Church, and enjoyed childhood with her lifelong best friend, Valerie Freeman.

The family returned to Milwaukee in 1953, where Arlene graduated from West Division High School in 1956. As an adult, Arlene moved back to Michigan with her husband, Michael Turrie and family. They purchased the M&J Restaurant and ran it until 1979. At this time she also returned to active participation at the Quinnesec United Methodist Church. She developed deep meaningful relationships with many of the staff and congregation at the church.

Arlene continued her education, receiving an associate’s degree at Bay de Noc Community College. She moved to Nevada in 1991 to help her brother Joe with his businesses.

Arlene was a family-oriented woman through and through. She lived to nurture, comfort, cook for and feed her loved ones. The well being of her siblings, children and grandchildren were always at the forefront of her mind. She was happiest when spending time with family.

Arlene’s most current residence was in Sparks, Nev., where she enjoyed helping her neighbors, and taking care of her much adored Schnauzer, Mindy. She was active in Bible studies, attended Sparks Christian Fellowship Church, and volunteered for the Republican Party. She was passionate about her politics as well as spreading the word of Christ.

She spent the last eight years with her fianc, the love of her life, George Crown. They enjoyed travelling to visit friends and family, watching movies, thrift shopping and, most importantly, worshipping together.

She is survived by her fianc, George Crown; daughters, Melissa Sleik, April Turrie and Allison (Joseph) Martini. She also left her precious grandchildren, Vanessa (Jeffrey) Mitchell, Erica Sleik, Tony Sleik and Dominic Martini. She will also be greatly missed by her siblings, Dick (Ann) Hansen, Sharon Gramprie, Joe Hansen and Penny (Lee) Campbell.

Arlene was preceded in death by her mother and father, Gordon Dixon Hansen and Eda Hansen.

Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Quinnesec United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will follow Friday at noon at the church. Pastor Walter Reichle will officiate.

Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Arlene Turrie online at

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.