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Alice Louise Boone Turner
Alice Louise Boone Turner was the daughter of William McKinley Boone and Rebekah Bowie Compton Boone of Wiltshire Plains, Bryantown, Maryland. Born January 22, 1929, she died peacefully on October 27, 2023, at Asbury Solomons, Solomons, Maryland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Clarence Turner, of La Plata, Maryland; her parents; and brother William Edward Boone, Bryantown, MD. She is survived by brothers, Richard Henry Boone, Sr., Wiltshire Plains, Bryantown, MD; and Charles Daniel Boone (Vivian), Leland, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
On her father’s side she was a twelfth-generation descendant of Robert Beheathland, “gentleman”, who came from Cornwall to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 with Captain John Smith. On her mother’s side she was descended from Doctor John Brisco, Esquire, “gentleman adventurer”, who came to St. Mary’s City on the Ark in 1634.
She was very proud of her family and Tidewater heritage. She belonged to many heritage societies. Louise was active in the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, serving several terms as Chairman of the Southern Maryland Committee, the Board of Managers, and as Vice-President for the State of Maryland. She was twice an appointee of the Governor of Virginia to the Regents of Gunston Hall Museum House, Lorton, Virginia. Louise was an charter member of the Port Tobacco Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and member of the Ella Virginia Houck Holloway Chapter, US Daughters of the War of 1812, and held several positions in both over the years. In addition, she was a member of the Gunston Hall Board of Regents in Virginia, and past president of the Smallwood Foundation. She also held memberships in the Descendants of the Lords of the Maryland Manors, Northern Virginia Chapter of the Jamestown Society, serving the Northern Virginia Committee Council, the Society of the Ark and Dove, the First Families of Virginia, and the National Society of the Magna Carta Dames.
Mrs. Turner received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland in the fields of Education, Applied Design, and History. She was an alumnus of the Attingham Decorative Arts Symposium of the British Royal Oaks Society in Great Britain. The aim of this program was to offer expertise in historic preservation and appreciation of the past. Being a true anglophile, she realized how this related to the past of Southern Maryland, and how important this was to the locale before all was lost either from neglect or progress.
She taught school in both middle and high school classes in both Charles and Prince Georges County for 21 years. She was a published author, writing two children’s books for the Gunston Hall Gift Shop, and assisted others in their publications. She felt a great responsibility toward promoting patriotism, as well as promoting proper social protocol, entertaining and etiquette in young people. She was a member of the national society, Phi Kappa Phi.
As a volunteer, Mrs. Turner worked within the partnership of the Charles County Historical Society and the College of Southern Maryland to develop the Historic Sites Files, renamed the Louise Boone Turner Historic Sites Files in 2016. She was on the Friendship House Furnishings Committee. She championed our Maryland State flag, always vigilant and mindful that it be displayed properly with the Bottony Cross on top the flagpole.
Mrs. Turner was a 60+ year lifetime member of the Charles County Garden Club of Maryland, and a recipient of the Maryland Senior Citizen Hall of Fame, Inc. in 2010, and the Zonta Award of Appreciation, for work with the Charles County Garden Club and the Maryland State Pilgrimage Committee. In 2014, she was awarded the Charles County Historic Preservation Award.
She loved travel and visited many exotic countries; Egypt, India, South and Central America, and Morocco, and was fascinated by the possibility of Alien influence on ancient culture and architecture. She strongly felt a responsibility to help uphold the standard of authenticity and quality in the Preservationist Movement in Southern Maryland.
She was an avid reader, and also enjoyed fox hunting on her Anglo-Arab horse, Nafeek; flower gardening, especially arranging flowers and growing Caladiums for the Charles County Fair; sewing, needlepoint, and embroidery; and researching her ancestors.
Service will be held at Christ Church, LaPlata, Maryland, where she led the Needlepoint Committee, at 11:00 o’clock, with viewing preceding the service, at 10:00 o’clock. Burial will follow, at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Piney Church Road, Waldorf.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rebekah Bowie Compton Boone and Vivian Anne Edelen Scholarship Fund, at the College of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 910, LaPlata, MD 20646.
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