Claire Andraiah Turner, 11

Published 10:39am Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Updated 12:42pm Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Claire Turner, 11 (or, as she preferred to say, five for the seventh time), died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo.

Claire was born Feb. 15, 2001, in Alexandria, the “baby” in her family of 10 kids. She loved to sing, dance, and bring smiles to all those around her. As a very bright seventh grader at Underwood School, she played volleyball and oboe, and had many, many friends.

Claire’s radiant smile and joy-filled personality touched the hearts of many. She became instantly loved by everyone she met, including the amazing medical staff at the hospital (especially Dr. Paschall and her beloved nurse, Jessica).

Claire could often be found at her favorite place on the planet (Inspiration Point Bible Camp), performing in plays, singing (usually at the top of her lungs), and cuddling with her mommy in bed, staring at the picture of Daddy displayed on the nearby table, and declaring proudly that, “I’m the one who looks just like him.”

She also loved any activity she could share with her siblings, but most especially of late, learning new languages with Sissy Morgan, singing three-part harmony with Julia and Meredith, coloring pictures for her far-away brothers, Neil and Gabe, or getting her back scratched by her sweet brother, Jay. One thing that she absolutely did not like, however, was math.

Most important to Claire, though, was her insatiable love of her Savior, Jesus Christ, who guaranteed her eternal home in heaven when she asked him into her heart at the young age of 3 while praying with her mommy.

Claire loved to sing to him, study his word, memorize his promises, and learn more about him through family devotions, children’s church, and Bible studies with the incredible counselors at IPBC.

And she loved to share his love with her friends and declare her place in his heart. She was never, ever ashamed of being his child, and displayed the most selfless and exuberant love for anyone who looked like they might be sad or lonely or in need of a friend, explaining that she just wanted to “do what Jesus would do.”

On Oct. 14, 2012, she and three of her siblings were involved in a tragic car accident from which she sustained traumatic brain injury.

She will be greatly missed by multitudes of friends, family members, and all those whose lives she touched. She is survived by eight brothers and sisters, Julia, Jay, Meredith, Neil, Morgan, LCpl Gabriel (Miramar Marine Base in San Diego, CA), Ross (Sarah) (LA, CA), and Cpt. Phillip (US Army); her mother, Marla; “special” sister Amy; godparents, Donna and Bob Madsen; two nieces, Givana and Hayley; grandparents Lee (Wanda) Moellman of Morris and Elbow Lake, MaryAnn (Ken) Brown of Shakopee, and Maurice (Pat) Turner of Willmar; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Claire was preceded in death by her eldest brother, Matthew, and her beloved daddy, Scott Turner.

Visitation: One-hour prior the service at the church Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, at the Church of the Nazarene, Fergus Falls

Clergy: Rev. Steve Hoffman

Burial: Cosmos Community Cemetery, Cosmos

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls

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