Anita Romaine Turner (Matthews)
(1949 - 2010)

Anita Romaine Turner (Matthews)

Maryland, United States of America
June 2, 1949

Maryland, United States of America
February 21, 2010

Family, Faith, Travel, Shopping, People Watching, The Golden Group, Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Incorporated
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“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

A Time to Be Born

Anita Romaine Turner began her earthly journey on June 2, 1949, in Hanover, Maryland as the oldest child and only daughter of the loving Phyllis Q. Matthews and the late Alfonso S. Matthews.

A Time to Learn

Anita’s love for education began with her schooling in the public school system of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She was a graduate of Arundel Senior High School (Class of 1967), a graduate of Morgan State University (Class of 1971) earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education, and a graduate of Bowie State University (Class of 1976) earning a Masters of Arts in Education. Anita’s commitment to life long learning was evident through the numerous trainings and certifications she completed to enhance her professional skills.

A Time to Love

Anita was lovingly devoted to her husband, Dolan L. Turner, Sr., her groom of 38 years. Anita met Dolan in the fall of 1965 at an Arundel High School football game. At their first meeting, Dolan placed a handkerchief on a bleacher so Anita could take a seat without soiling her dress. Their courtship continued through her years at Morgan State University and Dolan’s time in military service. They were joined in marriage on August 14, 1971. From this union were born two dear children, Deirdre Lynn and Dolan Leroy (DJ). The Turner siblings were reared in a loving home, where every need was met and every want was satisfied.

A Time to Serve

Anita joined St. Mark United Methodist Church at an early age and remained a faithful and loyal member. She was committed to strengthening the church family through her service as a member of the St. Mark UMC Finance Committee, the Higher Education and Campus Ministries committee and the Usher Board. In 2007, Anita joined Living Waters Worship Center, continuing her Christian service as a greeter and secretary for the Golden Age Group. Anita loved attending church, loved praise and worship, and loved being in the presence of God. Even when challenged with diagnosis, Anita did whatever she could not to miss a service. Her church families regarded her as a fighter and champion.

A Time to Teach

With a strong commitment to education, Anita left a legacy of learning to the students and faculty of the Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County school systems with thirty-three years of service (1971-2004). She began her teaching career in Baltimore City and transitioned to Anne Arundel County after a year providing elementary school instruction throughout the County. Additionally, Anita served as a Reading Teacher Instructor. She inspired the teaching professionals of Anne Arundel County through her work with the Carver Staff Development Center as a Language Arts Resource Teacher. Anita had a tireless passion for helping children learn to read. She touched the minds and hearts of the children she instructed, and her professional peers grew to become life long friends.
With over three decades of committed service to education, Anita retired from the public school system, but her fervor for mentoring teaching professionals continued. Anita joined the faculty of Towson State University, teaching in the Masters of Arts in Education program. She was a rich resource of knowledge and experience for professionals transitioning into the education field. With a sincere love for the county she called home for her entire life, Anita continued to serve as an educator in the Anne Arundel County school system on a consulting basis until her illness would no longer allow. Anita’s dedication to the teaching profession was also realized through her membership and instrumental leadership in the Alpha Mu Chapter of the Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Incorporated, a professional organization of teachers. Through this organization, Anita mentored teachers as a Krinon Advisor, and developed young men as a Kudos Advisor. Anita held numerous leadership positions within the Sorority including First Anti-Basileus, Grammeteus, and Chairperson for the Regional Conference. After her diagnosis, Anita stepped down from her leadership roles, but continued to serve the Sorority in any manner she could as a record keeper and organizer of various events. Continuing her commitment to education, Anita served as a conduit of local African American history to the residents of Anne Arundel County. As a member of the North Arundel Cultural Preservation Society, Inc., she was a major contributor to the Trails, Track and Tarmac African American Narrative Quilts from Anne Arundel County, MD program as a quilt designer and program facilitator. To preserve her research, Anita authored a book entitled “Trails Track and Tarmac” to include pictures of other family quilts, artifacts, and historical facts. Anita put her heart and soul into this project. This effort was made available to the community at large with a display at the Frederick Douglas Museum in Annapolis, Md.

A Time to Befriend

Anita had a commitment to friendship that honored the true meaning of the word. She found friendship in family through her connection with her. Their travels to Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean provided an outlet for Dolan and Anita’s love for recreation, learning, and fun. Travel buddies Arnold and Yvette Stevenson and Anita’s brother Sidney and her sister-in-law Beverly provided the Turner’s companionship and camaraderie during many of these trips. Nina Gentry, a neighbor since 1975, developed a friendship with Anita like no other. Anita and Nina enjoyed Saturday outings to the mall to shop, and even enjoying running simple errands together. Nina was one of Anita’s earthly angels, and when Anita was diagnosed, Nina added the title of “blood test appointment companion” to the definition of committed friend. Anita met Deanna Stewart-Highe (Dee) in 1967 at Morgan State University, when college roommates evolved into a lifelong friendship. That kinship developed into a sisterhood. Distance did not deter the bond of their friendship. Anita and Dee connected as often they could to ensure the connection and bond remained strong.

A Time For Victory

Throughout her illness, she was blessed by many faithful caregivers and earthly angels- Crystal Williamson, Monica Sayers and Linda Fuller who provided encouragement and comfort that facilitated an atmosphere of healing. Despite being faced with a terminal illness, Anita would not be defined by her circumstance. Those who witnessed her journey were inspired by her continued defiance of medical odds. Her fight was nothing short of courageous. She was amazingly taken off hospice care in the later part of January because her condition was deemed “too good” for the hospice category of care. Her doctor, a man who had not previously acknowledged God, proclaimed her a “walking miracle.” Medicine could not explain it, but every believing friend and family member knew that the strength of her spirit soared above the weakness of her flesh. On January 31, 2010 her valiant spirit carried her all the way to church where she was given the microphone to testify of the goodness of God. Anita told the church congregation that she was blessed with the outpouring of love and support she had received during her battle. In her final moment of public education, the teacher arose and instructed every Sunday morning student in attendance to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, boldly stating, “If you don’t know God, you need to know him today.”

A Time for Peace

With her final lesson plan executed, her final battle won, the fight of good faith transitioned from the natural to the eternal. On Sunday, February 21, 2010, the educator walked the commencement stage, moved her tassel, and graduated to a new life. With Now Behold the Lamb playing softly and her family surrounding her, Anita took her last breath and submitted herself to God. A commitment to the importance of reading has come full circle as her name is now read in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Left to cherish her memory as long as life endures are: her high school sweetheart and devoted husband, Dolan L. Turner, Sr.; her loving daughter, Deirdre L. Hawkins and husband Marvin; her devoted son, Dolan L. Turner, Jr.; her mother Phyllis Q. Matthews; her mother-in-law, Ileana M. Turner; one brother Sidney Matthews and wife Beverly; six sisters-in-law, Deborah Matthews, Victoria Matthews, Lillian Rollins, Everdean Holloway and husband Donald, Gwendolyn Saunders and husband Larry, Varle Rollins and husband James, eight aunts; three uncles; and many, many cousins, friends and two loving church families.

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Guest Book (35 entries)
A beautiful lady whom I sat next to on occasion at St. Mark UMC. I now sit next to her mother on a weekly basis. I love this tribute to Anita and love to hear the music. It's because of this website that I requested Walk Around Heaven to be sung at my mother's funeral in March 2014 by her favorite soloist. Thank you Dolan Jr. for this inspirational website. Such a lovely tribute to your mother.
Hillary Brown (Church Acquaintance)
December 27th, 2014
I love you Anita and you could make me smile no matter what. Youre in a better place now, so to rest in peace.

Sydney Queen (Cousin)
February 17th, 2013
Thought about you at all our annual Christmas family felllowships, and know that you have already met the new addition. You will continue to be in my heart.
Lillian Rollins (Sister-In-Law)
December 28th, 2011
Anita was a beautiful person in every way. She had joy in her heart, faith, courage and a willingness to all that she could regardless of the road blocks. Her kind and kindred spirit will always be with us.
Theodore Mack (Friend)
February 26th, 2011
We miss you Mom Turner. We definitely felt you with us on Christmas. I know you were looking at us and laughing. We love you.
Marvin Hawkins (Son in law)
January 4th, 2011
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"Missing you my dear Sister... Thanking GOD, always for the honor of having you in my life! I thank GOD for feeling your spirit with me always! You are 'My FOREVER Friend' and I Love You!"
Monica Sayers
February 21st, 2011
"I miss today and everyday. I hope that everyday is sunday and you are walking around heaven all day! Looking in on us here and there Im sure. I Love you wish you were here!"
February 21st, 2011
"Missing you today and everyday. I love you!"
Crystal Williamson
February 21st, 2011
"Anita, I woke up with you on my heart today. Hard to believe it's been a year. Missing you and thanking God for having been blessed by having you in my life. My prayers go out to your family,today. Love you"
Linda Wright-Fuller
February 20th, 2011
"Missing my friend Anita on the eve of the anniversary of her passing. She'll remain in my heart forever. Prayers going out to Dolan, Deirdre, Marvin, DJ, Crystal, and Mrs. Matthews. Much love, Kathy"
Kathy Lauritzen
February 20th, 2011
"We felt your presence with us on Christmas as we opened gifts at midnight. We Love You and miss you."
Marvin Hawkins
January 4th, 2011
"Missing you Sis at this time of the year. Missed putting your name in the Christmas family gift exchange. Thought about you when Deirdre & Marvin moved into their new home, & when DJ & Crystal became engaged and had us over to see all the renovatio"
Lillian Rollins
December 23rd, 2010
"To My Family, I’ve looked at the photos often and each time I think of how much I love and miss my sister-cousin. There have been times in the past when I needed to talk to someone and I just knew that Anita was the only person who would help me"
Donna Queen-Williams
September 11th, 2010
"I just wanted to say hi! and I miss you!! I know that you were with me as I turned 30! just wish that you were here to see it. I love you! your baby!!!"
August 30th, 2010
" have created a beautiful beautiful tribute to your beautiful beautiful mother!! She was an inspiration to all who were honored to know her. God Bless you all."
Donna Neighbors
July 10th, 2010

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