Venedee was born February 29, 1912 in Ferron, Emery County, Utah. She was the youngest of 10 children born to James and Mary Olson Nelson. She attended school in Ferron, Wasatch Academy and beauty school in Salt Lake City.
While working in a Helper beauty shop she met Mitchell (Mike) Turnbull, her life-long companion of almost 57 years. They were married in Standardville, Carbon County, Utah, Oct. 16, 1931, later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. They lived different places in Carbon County because of work, but in 1977, because of Mike’s health, they moved to warm weather, St. George.
Dee started losing her hearing at a young age and through the years became totally deaf. She never let that hold her back. Being an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she taught lessons in Relief Society in different wards for many years. Also taught Primary and worked for many years in the 4-H program. Her life-long dream was to serve a mission. In 1970, Dee and Mike were called to serve in the Australian East Mission for 18 months. Dee was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
Her husband Mike had a stroke and Dee took care of him for 16 years. He died in 1988.
Venedee has lived with her son and his wife for the last nine years in Bountiful. She is survived by her son, Gary and his wife, Bountiful; a daughter, Mary Lynn and Don Butler, Mendon; five granddaughters, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and grandson, Gary Michael Turnbull.
The family could like to thank Care Givers Support Network and North Canyon Care Center for the outstanding service they have given Venedee, The Hospice team, aides and nurses. It has been much appreciated, more than words can express.
A viewing will be held Friday, March 28 at the 8th Ward Chapel Relief Society Room, 1320 E. 1975 South, Bountiful, from 6 to 8 p.m. The next day she will be taken to Helper and a grave side service will be held at 1 p.m. in the Mountain View Cemetery. She will be laid to rest next to her sweetheart.