Racine Toson Turri
April 4, 1931 ~ December 22, 2014
Racine Toson Turri was born April 4, 1931 in Helper, UT to Ernest Salvador Toson and Mildred Cornish Toson. She was the second of three daughters. She was raised in Standardville, UT, a small coal mining town in the canyon above Helper.
She attended Standardville Elementary, Helper Jr. High and Carbon High School.
She married Robert Edwin Turri on February 25, 1950 in Standardville.
For the first 16 years of their marriage they made their home in Latuda, UT, where Bob was employed by Liberty Fuel Coal Co.
During this time, four daughters were born; Jan, Ann, Robyn, and Susan. In 1966, Bob got a job at the newly formed Castle Valley Job Corp in Price and the family moved to Helper. In 1969, Bob moved to the Bureau of Land Management in Monticello, where they lived for the rest of her life.
Racine’s family was the center of her life. She came from a very close-knit family and her life was filled with family activities and caring for her husband and children. She was a warm and friendly person who made friends with everyone she met.
Her greatest joys were spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and gardening. Every year, she planted over 50 flats of flower seeds which she used to beautify her yard and share with her friends.
She suffered from various health problems over much of her life, but she had an unquenchable spirit that never said “I can’t”.
She was very self sufficient and would attempt anything. She even reupholstered her own furniture and laid her own carpet on several occasions.
She died peacefully December 22, 2014 after a weekend of visits from her children. She is survived by her husband Bob, daughters Jan (Grayson) Redd, Ann (Russ) Machen, Robyn (Rick) Collard, and Susan (Rick) Barnett, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Mildred Toson and sisters Shirley Tatton and Vonda Buckley. Services were held December 29 at the North LDS Chapel. Burial at the Monticello City Cemetery.
Card of thanks
Our family would like to express our extreme gratitude for the many acts of kindness and love shown to us throughout Racine’s illness and at the time of her death. We find it hard to believe the number of people who reached out to us with every imaginable kind of help during this time. What an amazing community we live in! So many people went so far beyond the call of duty that it would be hard to name them all. But we would especially like to thank Angela and Coby, our hospice nurses, for guiding us through this very difficult time and the Monticello Fourth Ward for their generosity and help in planning Racine’s funeral. We’d also like to thank the angel who left the Christmas jar on our porch. We plan to donate the money to Wounded Warriors, an organization Racine was particularly interested in. Again our heartfelt thanks to all of you!
Jan & Grayson Redd
Ann & Russ MachenRobyn & Rick Collard
Susan & Rick Barnett