Nina “Stan” Bunker Turner


Nina “Stan” Bunker Turner, 89, of Bar Harbor, died April 20, 2009. She was born July, 6, 1919 on Cranberry Island, the daughter of Enoch and Emma (Bunker) Stanley, both now deceased. Nina and Melvin “Turner” Turner, Sr. were united in marriage on October 22, 1945 in the Philippines. Melvin preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 1991.

Stan was a sergeant third class in the Women’s Army Corp serving in the Philippines during World War II. Prior to her war service, Stan helped recruit women for the Army by playing on an Army all-star women’s basketball team along the East Coast. The WAC basketball team played by men’s rules to convince women that they were as capable as men serving in the Army. Stan was proud of being the personal aide and lifeguard for General Douglas MacArthur. She was also one of the last women to evacuate the Philippines with General MacArthur at the end of the war.

Stan was a homemaker on the family’s dairy farm, as well as a member of the Mid-America Dairy Association. Stan was president of the Oak Grove School PTA, a Moose Lodge member and a 4-H leader. She enjoyed her vegetable garden, canning, fishing and visiting with her friends at the Laundromat.

Stan was a loving and active mother and grandmother. She moved back to Maine to care for her sisters.

Stan is survived by two sons, Melvin “Butch” Turner and his wife Barbara, and David Turner and his wife Marcia of Sedalia, Mo.; five grandchildren, Melissa Oswald of Sedalia, Mo., Anne Harrell of Wildwood, Mo., Charlie Turner of Minneapolis, Minn., Mollie Wells and David “DG” Turner of Kansas City; eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Doris Stanley of Sedalia, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews, especially Debra Spurling, Trudy Bickford and Patty Albee of Maine.

In addition to her parents and husband, Nina was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Graveside services, officiated by Dr. Donald Allcorn, are set for Saturday, May 2, 2009 beginning at 2 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery in Sedalia, Mo. Condolences may be left at

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in care of Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home.

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