On Sept. 17, 1945 Verna Mae Turner-Fisher entered this world, the second of six children born to Louis and Georgia Turner.
Verna enjoyed going to school and playing with friends. She became a mother at a young age, but didn’t let that stop her from receiving her diploma from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1963. She was very proud of her accomplishment. While caring for her children, she started hobbies such as talking on the CB radio. Her handle was “Sweet Georgia Brown.” She also loved thrift shopping; her favorite place was the “Goodwill as Is” store.
In 1978 she met her friend, Cathy Bruce who invited her to church. That invitation changed her life for the better! She gave her life to Christ and became a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late great Rev. Felton Howard, and she served under his leadership for 30 years.
When Verna’s health started to decline, she never felt bad or sorry for herself; she would keep giving God the praise and keep a smile on her face! She never complained and handled everything like the queen that she was. Three years ago, they said she wouldn’t make it, but she fought. Verna made it through to her 75th birthday.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; son Richard L. Perez; and brother Ronnie Turner. She leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved children Philip Perez, Janell Perez, and Michael Perez (Carrie); youngest daughter Akiba Fisher; 9 grandkids; 15 great grandkids; 3 sisters, Barbara Bailey (Bill) of Tucson, Ariz., and Lucinda Baldwin and Shirleen Reed of Portland; brother Louis Turner Jr. (Debbie) of Vancouver; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and close friends.