In memory of
Natasha Meyer Turner passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on January 25, 2013, at the age of forty one. She is survived by her loving husband Mark and daughter Zoe; parents Galen and Thelma Meyer; brother Christian, his wife Alison, and their children: Elizabeth, Catherine, and Henry; sister Becki Veal, her husband Jim, and their children: Josephine, Ramona, and Isaac; parents-in-law Darrel and Jane Turner; sister-in-law Beth Turner McLeod, her husband Jamey, and their children: Vivian and Francine; and many wonderful friends. Tasha earned an English and teaching degree at Calvin College where she was editor of Chimes her junior year and a master's in guidance counseling at Western Michigan University. Over the years, she taught in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Madison, Wisconsin, and served as an admissions counselor for Calvin College. From 2004 to the present, however, she was a guidance counselor at South Christian High School where she regarded her work as a sacred calling and regularly experienced God's love through her colleagues and students. Her family and friends know her as a brave heart, intelligent, wise, witty, articulate, compassionate, and always ready to have fun. She liked to tease her parents, joke with her husband and siblings, cuddle her daughter, read a good book, get her nieces and nephews laughing and rowdy, spend serious and silly time with friends, quietly revel in the love of her mother, do a project with her dad, go thrifting with her sister, fuss over her big dog Birdie, learn to quilt with her mother-in-law, watch a movie and eat popcorn with Mark and Zoe in the basement rec room, and find something to enjoy each day. "I have cancer," she used to say, "but I am not dying today, so what shall I do instead?" There were no platitudes or schmaltz in her faith, just the recognition that much of life is sheer mystery and so is God-but He can be trusted. She knew His love for her through Christ and found as well serendipitous expressions of His grace in the world and people around her. Thank you to Beth Peterson, Tasha's oncology nurse for nearly ten years who not only administered chemo, but became a friend, sharing family stories, hugs, and some good "Jesusy" talk now and then, as Tasha described it. Thanks as well to oncologist Dr. Mark Campbell, a one man SWAT team when it comes to fighting cancer, but also a man of tender heart who knows what it is like to have family members dealing with the illness, and who put his arm around Tasha's grieving mother near the end and assured her that Tasha would be healed, though not in this life. And thank you to palliative care physician Dr. John Mulder who doesn't mind "getting a little theological" and delivered some truly pastoral medicine to Tasha and her loved ones. Thank you to Dr. George Bruins, Tasha's uncle, who stepped in so many so many times at all hours during crises. And thank you to so many others who walked this journey in so many ways with Tasha, Mark, and Zoe. "Don't ever say that I lost my battle with cancer," Tasha once said. And she didn't. The gospel is true. The cancer is dead. Natasha lives. And we will see her again. Funeral Services will be held, Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 1:00 pm at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church (514 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids) with Rev. Mary Hulst officiating. Visitation will be held at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel Sunday 2-4 & 6-8 pm and Monday 3-5 pm. If you would like to get to know our Tash a little better, please review her blog: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to South Christian High School, 160 68th St., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548.
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