LEAH PEARL (TURNER) SOMERVILLE, age 91, of rural Mayville, MI, loving mother and grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 with her loving family by her side. She was born on June 3, 1921 in Fairgrove Township, Akron, Michigan to the late Edward Robert and Celestia (Willson) Turner. Leah married the late Gerald Arthur Somerville on August 2, 1947 in Akron, Michigan. She was a member of the Dayton Center Church. Leah enjoyed reading her Bible, gardening, genealogy research and baking, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She graduated from Akron High School in 1938. Upon graduation she enrolled in Tuscola County Normal and taught two years at Moreland Country School before attending Central Michigan University, graduating in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Leah taught in Muskegon Heights, Vassar Public Schools and Mayville Elementary School for a number of years. In addition to being a diligent prayer warrior, she also served as a volunteer for a number of years at the Mayville Museum.
She is survived by her children: Anna (Christopher) Sielski of Montrose, MI, Joyce (Brian) Bahr of Lansing, MI, Robert (Brenda Williams) Somerville of Caro, MI, and Caryl (James) Irrer of Gaylord, MI, six grandchildren: Christopher “Kit” Sielski, Matthew Bahr, Alex Irrer, Jeffrey Bahr, Kimberly Somerville, and Emily Somerville, sisters in-law: Clara Turner, Margaret Somerville, and Judy Somerville. Leah also had a special affection for her caregivers at Timberline Lodge in Caro, MI.
She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald on March 9, 1999, one sister, Blanche; five brothers, Roy Willson, Rollin Edward, Elvin E, Melvin Clyde, and William Franklin.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11 AM. at the Dayton Center Church in Silverwood, MI, with the Reverend Keith Mead presiding.
Internment will occur at the North Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Avram Funeral Home in Mayville, MI on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 4 to 8 PM or at the church on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10 AM until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, the Dayton Center Church, or the charity of choice.
Friends may share an on-line condolence at www.avramfuneralhome.com
Arrangements made by Avram Funeral Home, 6028 Lincoln St. P.O. Box 130,
Mayville, MI. 48744 Phone (989) 843-5441.