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Carmen Florence (Lapid) Turkington, age 87, of Royal Oak, Michigan, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Saturday, December 11, 2021. She was born March 6, 1934, in Detroit, MI to the late Vincent and Mabel (Ballard) Lapid. Carmen married the love of her life, William Adam Turkington on March 1, 1952. Together they raised their three children and celebrated 54 years of marriage, before Bill passed away on May 12, 2006.

Carmen was a long-time resident of Royal Oak, MI. She was an avid writer of letters and cards, as evidenced by her over 200 pen pals. She always made you feel special by never missing a birthday, be it human or pet. Everyone looked forward to receiving her cards and letters as they were adorned with multiple stickers, inside and out. Music and grandchildren were her passions. She found her way back to the Salvation Army in Dearborn, attending every Sunday. And finally, she never met a Facebook post she didn’t “like!” 😊

Survivors include her three children, Bill (Debra) Turkington, Phil Turkington, and Shelly (John) Sichta; grandchildren, Lindsey, Lauren, Sean, Maddy, Lindsay (Brian) Highstreet, and Ryan (Shelby) Sichta; and great grandchildren, Mason, Marlee, Cameron, and Marielle.

Cremation has taken place and no formal services will be held at this time. In memory of Carmen, donations can be made to Crash’s Landing ( or the Salvation Army (

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Heather Hills Care Center and Kindred Hospice for helping them throughout this difficult time.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Carmen’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Rose and Steve MacLean on December 14, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Although Bill was my first cousin, we only met by way of the mail in 2005/2006 . After Bill passed away Carmen was kind enough to continue to send me and my husband a Christmas card every year. I always appreciated receiving those cards. We will miss her and her thoughtfulness.

  2. Don Casanovas on December 17, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    The Casanovas family remembers Ms. Carmen from all the baseball games when her kids were young ads well as we were. She amplified how wonderful it was to see so many families participating. She always stated family is the foundation for everything….

  3. Kathleen (Hynes) Boyd on December 18, 2021 at 4:28 am

    Bill, Phil, Shelly and family- I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. The fact that your Mom was in her 80’s and proficient with using a cell phone and Facebook sure impressed me! I will always remember her as a kind, sweet person. Deepest condolences.

  4. Ryan gudenau on December 18, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for all the cards and never missing a moment since the day we met! My wife, tenley, and myself will miss you and the cards! We love you and everything you’ve done for myself and my family

  5. Nissa Eades on February 15, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Dear Turkington Family,
    We are very saddened to learn of your mom’s passing. We want you all to know how much we loved and appreciated Carmen at our dental office. She was always a pleasure to see & visit with each and every time we saw her. In fact, each time she left she always gave me a hug & told me she loved me. How fortunate you were to have her for a mother / grandmother. We always looked forward to her Christmas cards and stickers. She will be greatly missed. You are in our prayers.
    Nissa & Dr. Douglas Eades
    Royal Oak

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