Thelma Turnbull

Thelma Marion Turnbull (Coates)

October 4th, 1934 - April 4th, 2020
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Passed away, surrounded by loving family, at her home on April 4th, 2020, Thelma Marion (Coates) Turnbull, in her 86th year. Born October 4th, 1934 in the township of Bury, Quebec to the late Carlos Coates and former Martha Forbes. Thelma was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Alan Wilfred Turnbull (January 15th, 2010). Family was everything to Thelma, she treasured each family get-together and every special moment. For her, family is what made life special. She will be greatly missed by her children: Richard (Lisa) Turnbull, of North Port, Florida, U.S.A; Janie Smith, of Guelph; Elaine Turnbull, of Toronto; and Gwendolyn (Ronald Deelstra), of Aylmer. Proud and loving grandmother to Nicholas (Sabrina), Tyler (Marjorie) and Andrew Smith; Alexander and Lydia Deelstra; Alissa and Samantha Urich. Loving great-grandmother to Shane Baliog, Kennedy and Paityn Smith. Survived by two sisters Lila Girouard (late Raymond), of Ottawa; Inez Dutton (late Roy), of Quebec. Predeceased by three brothers Howard Coates (survived by wife Leona); Edgar Coates (late Thelma); Russell Coates; and by her sister Agnes Lister (late Norman).

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a private funeral service will take place in the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes- Burial and Cremation Services Inc. Chapel, 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg by Pastor Janet Anstead, of Mapleton Church of Christ (Disciples), in Aylmer. A private interment will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 in the Turnbull family plot in the Springford Cemetery.

A funeral service recording is available for viewing at:

On Thelma’s tribute page, family and friends are also invited to share their favourite photos, memories, condolences, send flowers or make memorial donations in honour of Thelma to the “Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Foundation,” or to any charity of your choice through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes (519-842-4238), which has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held by the family at a later date with details to be announced in the future.

“Thank you for the wonderful care and compassion that mom received from the Care Partners and each member of the Palliative Care Team. We will always be grateful.”
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Service Details

  • Private Family Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes - Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    262 Broadway Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 3R7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    *Private Family Funeral Service. Friends, neighbours and relatives are invited to view an audio/video recording at
    Pastor Janet Anstead
  • Interment

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
    Springford Cemetery
    225227 Otterville Road
    Springford, Ontario
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    Private family interment will take place in the Turnbull family plot.




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Tom Brown

Posted at 09:48am
Tom and Joanne will miss Thelma. A wonderful lady and neighbor

William Hayes

Posted at 08:51am
My thoughts and condolences go out to Rick, Janie, Elaine and Gwen at this difficult time. I have a fond memories of growing up in the Springford area where you always felt welcome at Thelma and Al's home. Take care.
William Hayes

Larke Turnbull

Posted at 05:29pm
Larke Turnbull I watched the video of the funeral. Lovely service. The minister did a fabulous job of sharing your memories of Aunt Thelma and brought to my mind memories of the many good times we shared as children. I will be praying for you as you continue to deal with the loss of your Mom.


Posted at 04:49pm
Gwen, my deepest condolences to you and your family.
Pamela Giarolo

Sandra Bosnjak

Posted at 10:58am
Gwen, please accept my deepest condolences. I hope you find solace in the wonderful memories you have of your mother during this especially difficult time.

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